When my clients they tell me they have body acne, it's always in a low voice, almost a whisper. Like it's a condition I've never heard of before. They seem surprised that I'm not surprised.
Having acne on your back, or chest, or shoulders, or butt, is common! Lots of people have body acne, even if they don't have acne on their face. There are also many products you can buy over the counter specifically made to treat body breakouts.
Body washes are easily found at any store that sells skin care. They're super easy to use -- just apply them to a washcloth or shower poof and lather up. You can find inexpensive options, like Oxy Hydrating Body Wash, or splurge on more boutique products like Murad's Acne Body Wash.
Body sprays are another option. The benefit to body sprays is their ease of use, plus you can apply them at any time (not just when you shower.) Plus, because these are leave-on treatments, you may see quicker results.
Some acne body spray options include Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray or, our About.com Skin Care Guide's favorite body acne treatment, Nature's Cure Body Acne Spray.
Treatment lotions, creams, and gels are also great leave-on treatments. The downside is, depending on where acne is on your body, they can be hard to apply.
Whatever treatment product you choose, make sure they include the most effective OTC acne-fighting ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur. (Benzoyl peroxide can stain clothing, though, so be sure you take that into account if you're using a BP treatment.)
Body acne is super stubborn, so be consistent with your treatments and be patient. Some body acne just won't respond to OTC products, no matter how good your home care is. In this case, it's time to call in the pros. Your doctor has plenty of medications to help you beat body acne.
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