Remedy for Body Acne

Is there a Body Acne Cure?

Skin on the body is typically thicker than the skin on the face, making it generally more resistant to treatment. An effective remedy for body acne requires stronger products to banish breakouts.

In terms of a body acne cure, there are 2 main categories of treatment:

  1. Remedy for Body Acne that’s Light to Moderate
    For lighter cases of body acne, gently cleansing the skin, allowing it to completely dry, and applying 10% alpha hydroxy acid can effectively clear up your body breakouts.

  2. Remedy for Body Acne that’s Moderate to Severe
    For more severe cases of body acne, a regimen consisting of gently cleansing the skin, applying benzoyl peroxide, and then applying 10% alpha hydroxy acid provides stronger results. Most cases of moderate to severe body acne can be brought under complete control this way. For very severe, widespread, and scarring cases of body acne, Accutane may be required.


But no matter how serious you’re body acne is, there are 3 main steps to all body acne treatments:

Step 1: Cleanse

For starters, shower as soon as possible after exercise, vigorous activity or sweating. Using an anti-bacterial cleanser is key, and finding one with exfoliating properties is an added bonus.
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    • Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads Body Wash
      This is my favorite acne body wash. It contains 1% salicylic acid which helps control breakouts and increase cell turnover, while also killing acne-causing bacteria.

    • Zirh BODY BAR, Cleansing Alpha Hydroxy Body Bar- This acne body cleansing bar contains triple alpha hydroxy acids which help to not only wash away dirt and oil, but also exfoliate your skin. This acne body wash bar helps prevent body acne on the back, upper arms, and chest and is perfect for daily use.


Step 2: Apply Acne Treatment (optional)

Depending on your level of body acne, this step will vary. As described above, those with light to moderate body acne will likely see great results just by using a 10% alpha hydroxy acid lotion and may not need to use a targeted acne treatment.

Those with more severe body acne should try applying a benzoyl peroxide product followed by a 10% alpha hydroxy acid lotion. For people who find benzoyl peroxide too irritating or harsh, a product containing salicylic acid is a great alternative.

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    • MD Formulations Benzoyl Peroxide 10- This product treats blemishes but doesn’t dry out the skin. It is fast-absorbing, oil-free, and moisturizing so it helps minimize skin dryness, irritation, and breakouts simultaneously.

    • Murad Acne Clarifying Body Spray- A purifying salicylic acid spray with powerful antibacterial agents that penetrate pores and reduce acne blemishes while helping prevent new breakouts from forming. Plus the spray design works to easily cover those hard-to-reach spots.

    • Glytone Back Acne Spray- This treatment for back acne uses a 2% salicylic acid blend to help treat and prevent blemishes. The spray bottle is packaged in an innovative pump bottle that allows for convenient upside down spraying.

*Keep in mind that benzoyl peroxide can bleach clothing, so your best bet is to treat body acne spots at night-time when you can throw on an old, loose t-shirt.


Step 3: Use an AHA Lotion

Applying a 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Lotion helps to exfoliate the skin, unblock pores, and remove dead skin cells.
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Step 4: Conceal (optional)

Should you choose to do so, you can mask blemishes on the body with specifically formulated makeup.
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    • CoverBlend Corrective Leg and Body Makeup - a top concealer specially formulated to cover up imperfections on the body.



Your best bet is to treat body acne at night-time when you’re wearing less (and looser) clothing and you’re able to stay in the same position for a longer period of time. This is especially true if you decide to use a benzoyl peroxide product, as this ingredient can bleach clothing.

If you have cystic acne on your body (a severe case of inflammatory acne) or your body acne doesn’t improve with traditional over-the-counter treatments, don’t hesitate to visit a dermatologist. Finding an effective remedy for body acne on your own can be difficult. Often times doctors can help.



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