Prevent Body Acne

Body Acne Information

Body acne can be distressing and embarrassing, but there are key proven steps that can help you prevent body acne for good.

Body acne can develop for many reasons and at any age. In order to learn how to effectively prevent and combat these breakouts, we first need to understand why they’re occuring…

Causes :

Regardless of the location, the causes of body acne are typically the same.
  • Excess oil. Located in the skin, sebaceous glands produce sebum, an oil-like substance. Under normal circumstances, sebum protects the skin from dehydration, keeping it smooth and moisturized. The trouble starts when the sebaceous glands start working overtime and produce too much oil, which triggers unwanted breakouts. In larger areas such as the arms, chest, and back, there are more sebaceous glands, increasing your chance for breakouts.

  • Clogged pores and bacterial buildup. Excess sebum can also cause dead skin cells to clump together and stick to the inside of pores, plugging the opening and creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Inflammation, whiteheads and blackheads ensue.

Additional triggers :

In addition to overactive oil glands, clogged pores and bacterial buildup, other factors can increase your chances of developing body acne (or worsen existing body acne).
  • Tight clothing. Pressure, friction and irritation from your clothes can exacerbate existing acne or irritate inflamed skin. Also, keep in mind that some fabrics — especially synthetic fabrics — don’t "breathe" as well as others, preventing the moisture from properly evaporating from the skin.

  • Damp or sweaty clothes. Whether you power-walk, hit the gym or play team sports, wearing your damp, sweaty clothing after vigorous activity is asking for trouble: It creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

  • Long hair. Unfortunately, if you have long hair, it may be to blame for body acne. Sometimes long hair (past the shoulders) can transfer oil and dirt to the shoulders, back, arms and chest, which can increase the risk for breakouts.

How to Prevent Body Acne

Here are several strategies for preventing and treating your breakouts.

Avoid Irritation

Anything that rubs against your skin can cause irritation. Damp, sweaty clothing combined with irritation tends to aggravate acne even further. So...
  • Avoid tight clothes that constrict the skin or rub against it.
  • Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing that doesn’t constrict or trap moisture next to the skin. Cotton is one of the best fabrics for people prone to body breakouts.
  • If you get sweaty, try to change your clothing when you can.
  • Generally try to be aware of what might be irritating your skin in areas where you break out regularly and make changes where you can.


Time your workouts so that you can shower and treat your skin immediately afterward. You should shower as soon as possible after exercise, vigorous activity or sweating to prevent body acne.


Many people assert that exfoliation is the key to body acne prevention. But in order to minimize any irritation, make sure you use a gentle exfoliator.

An effective exfoliator can be in the form of:

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