Acne Body Lotion

Are you looking for a high quality acne body lotion for your skin? The wrong body lotion can actually exacerbate acne, but there are certain lotions that help clear body acne and prevent future breakouts.

There are many features you need to consider for when looking for a quality acne body lotion. Here’s a checklist you should try to keep in mind:

  • Choose a lotion with an active ingredient of 10% AHA (ex. Glycolic acid). AHAs help exfoliate the skin, unblock pores, and remove dead skin cells.
  • Make sure the inactive ingredients are non-irritating.
  • Always opt for fragrance-free and colorant-free lotions when possible in order to reduce unneeded irritation.
  • Try to find a lotion with a pH similar to the acid mantle of your skin (which is generally between 4.5 and 6). If there is a large difference between the pH of the lotion and the pH of your skin, your acid mantle can be damaged (additional irritation) and the active ingredient will not be delivered to the skin's pores as effectively.

Given these suggested features, below are the top 3 acne body lotions widely agreed upon by skin care specialists and consumers alike…

Top 3 Acne Body Lotion Products

  1. Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion
    Although there are a significant number of additional ingredients in this product, it still does the trick in clearing body acne and preventing new breakouts. This lotion contains 10% pure Glycolic-AHA, plus it absorbs quickly, is fragrance-free, and has an effective pH 4. It can be hard to find on store shelves, but I think Rite Aid carries it.
  2. Acne.org AHA+
    This body lotion contains 10% glycolic acid to exfoliate and bring new skin cells to the surface. Plus it contains licochalcone, a soothing licorice root extract which helps calm acne-prone skin. It is fragrance-free, dye-free, and has a light feeling creamy consistency that goes on clear and spreads easily. And it has an effective pH of approximately 4.0 - 4.1.

  3. Paula's Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA
    This body lotion is ideal for your chest and back, which is where body acne usually occurs. Again it contains the recommended 10% AHA which helps exfoliate the skin, unblock pores, and remove dead skin cells. The active ingredient (AHA), is very effective due to the lotions 3.5-3.8 pH range, and the inactive ingredients contain anti-oxidants and anti-irritants to help reduce irritation to the skin. It's also odor-free and color-free and has a creamy lotion consistency.

It's important to note that alpha hydroxy acids increase sensitivity to the sun and increases the chance of sunburn. Try to limit sun exposure while using AHAs and always wear a sunscreen made for oily, acne prone skin.


Additional Advice:

If you’re skin does not react well to glycolic acid or other AHAs, you can use an acne body lotion containing benzoyl peroxide as an alternative. My top pick would be:
  • MD Formulations Benzoyl Peroxide 10
    This product treats blemishes but doesn’t dry out the skin. It's fast-absorbing, oil-free, and moisturizing so it helps minimize skin dryness, irritation, and breakouts simultaneously.




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