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Like acne on the face, body acne is not only frustrating, but also sometimes uncomfortable and can even affect what outfits you choose to wear.
Like acne on the face, body acne also has several common triggers that can flare up body acne.
Here are the most common body acne triggers:
Avoiding the Body Acne Triggers
If you find yourself struggling with body acne, I would first suggest making some changes to your hair products. Take a look at my Acne Safe Hair Care suggestions:
ABBA Gentle Shampoo
AG Hair Cosmetics Moisture Shine Fast Food Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Alterna Bamboo Clarifying Shampoo
Alterna Volume Abundant Shampoo
Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
Aveda Shampure Shampoo
Biosilk Color Therapy Shampoo
Chi Magnified Volume Shampoo
Dermazinc shampoo (for dandruff)
Devacurl low poo original
Enjoy Sulfate-Free Luxury Shampoo
Giovanni root 66 max volume shampoo
JOICO Color Endure Shampoo
Kevin.Murphy Balancing.Wash Strengthening Daily Shampoo
Kirkland Signature Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo
L’oreal everpure sulfate-free volume shampoo
L’oreal everpure sulfate-free smooth shampoo
L’oreal everpure sulfate-free moisture shampoo
L’oreal everpure sulfate-free frizz defy shampoo
Malibu C Un Do Goo Clarifying Shampoo
Malibu Scalp Wellness Shampoo
Mastey Traite Sulfate Free Normal To Dry Shampoo
Mineral fusion anti-dandruff mineral shampoo
Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Maximum Strength Shampoo
Neutrogena T/Sal Therapeutic Scalp Build-Up Control Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Blowpro Faux Dry Shampoo
Cake Beauty The All Powderful Dry Styling
Marc Anthony True Professional 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo for All Hair Types
Neil George Refresh Dry Shampoo
Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo
R+Co DEATH VALLEY Dry Shampoo
Abba Moisture Conditioner
Aveda Be Curly Conditioner
Earth Science Pure Essentials Conditioner Fragrance Free
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Invigorating Conditioner
Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Sheer Moisture Conditioner Cucumber & Green Tea
Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner Citrus
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner for Long Hair Juicy Pomegranate
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Nourishing Conditioner Passion Flower & Rice Milk
Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Strengthening Conditioner Honey
Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner Citrus
Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Conditioner Berry
Herbal Essences Blowout Smooth Conditioner Lotus
JOICO Color Endure Conditioner Sulfate-Free
L’anza Healing Nourish Stimulating Conditioner
L’oreal Everpure Sulfate-Free Moisture Deep Restorative Masque
Malibu Scalp Wellness Conditioner
Pantene Aqua Light Weightless Nourishment Conditioner
Pantene Pro-V Classic Clean Daily Conditioner
Redken all soft conditioner
Wella Brilliance Treatment for Fine To Normal Colored Hair
Wella “Elements” Daily Renewing Conditioner
Leave-in and Styling Products
2Chic Tangerine & Papaya butter Ultra-Volume Amplifying Styling Gel
American Crew Hold Styling Gel
DevaCurl Curl Frizz Free Volume Foam
Ecoco Eco Styler Krystal Styling Gel
Ecoco Eco Styler Extra Firm Hold Styling Gel
Ecoco Eco Styler Firm Hold Styling Gel
Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel
Giovanni Wicked Texture Pomade
Got 2b Glued Styling Spiking Glue
Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse
It's A 10 Miracle Leave In (not the Keratin version)
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Serum (NOTE: Extra Strength contains Algae Extract and is NOT approved)
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion (Root Volume)
Kenra Platinum Hot Spray 20
Kerastase Touche Finale Polishing Serum
Kinky Curly Curling Custard Styling Gel
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
Malibu C Leave-in Conditioner Mist
Paul Mitchell FIRMstyle Freeze and Shine Super Spray (Finishing Hair Spray)
Paul Mitchell Worked Up (Working Spray)
Tigi Bed Head Headrush Spray
TIGI Bed Head Men Power Play Gel
Because fabric softeners (dryer sheets, liquid fabric softener and wool balls) are major acne triggers, you will want to avoid these all together.
Liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets leave a waxy residue on your laundry that will clog pores and irritate skin. Wool balls naturally contain lanolin which is also very pore clogging.
For your laundry, just use a fragrance-free laundry detergent and that's it!
If static cling is an issue, you can use Anti-Wrinkle and Anti-Static Dryer Balls.
Sweat and Body Acne
Sweat creates the perfect environment for acne bacteria to thrive and grow rapidly. If you struggle with body acne, not showering immediately after sweating and changing out of sweaty clothing will trigger these breakouts significantly. After working out/sweating, be sure to shower ASAP and change into clean clothing. If showering immediately after sweating is not possible, wiping down with fragrance free baby wipes is second best and can minimize the breakouts (my favorite fragrance free baby wipes are the Kirkland Fragrance Free Baby Wipes from Costco or Water Wipes Baby Wipes which you can find at Target!). However, you still want to shower as soon as possible for best results.
How to Clear Body Acne
In the Shower: As for how to treat body acne, start with an acne safe body wash like my Sensitive Body Wash. If the body acne is more stubborn or severe, you can use my medicated Clear Body Cleanser (just be sure to only use the Clear Body Cleanser on the areas affected with body acne).
Also, you will want to make sure you rinse the conditioner out of your hair before you use your body wash so that the residue from the conditioner does not remain on the skin. After rinsing the conditioner, put your hair up in a bun and then use your body wash.
At night, after showering, you can apply Acne Eraser on the affected areas on the back. Make sure you wear a white t-shirt to bed when applying the Acne Eraser to the body as it will bleach fabrics.
Neck and Décolleté Special Treatment
If you are treating the décolleté or neck, spot treating with The Pink Potion is better since those areas are very sensitive and using the Acne Eraser all over the skin in those areas might be drying/irritating.
Staying consistent with these tips will ensure that you'll be on your way to clear, smooth, even-toned skin you’ll want to show off!