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Treating Body Acne

Acne Pimples not only develop on the face but also on the neck, back, chest, shoulders, and upper arms. These outbreaks can be just as unsightly and distressing as facial acne, especially during warm weather months when you want to reveal more of your skin. Body acne are caused by perspiration, tight clothing or clothing doesn’t breathe well, Genetics (if your parents or other family members suffer from body acne, you may too) and Nutrition (Poor nutrition may contribute to all forms of acne).

They can also cause disfiguring dark marks, scars, and keloids in large areas that may be hard to treat. Body acne is treated with many of the same medications as facial acne. Often dermatologists will rely on medicated cleansers to treat these large areas. Caution must be exercised since some areas of the body are particularly delicate and sensitive. Only mild forms of the medications should be used.

If you develop acne pimples on the delicate skin of your chest, or decolletage, be sure to clean the skin daily with an oil-free cleanser, a mild medicated cleanser such as 2.5 percent or 3 percent benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid as directed by your doctor. Don't forget to apply oil-free sunscreen to this area when it is exposed. If you work out, shower immediately afterward to avoid sweat buildup and pore clogging on your chest. Don't scrub the area.

To keep your shoulders, arms, and back clear and smooth, wash them daily and gently with a soft washcloth, sponge, or your fingertips. Again, rely on the guidance of your doctor for the best cleansing products and medications for your skin. But remember to use only the mildest forms. After allowing the skin to dry, apply a product containing benzoyl peroxide to the affected areas. Remember that benzoyl peroxide will bleach fabric – if you plan on getting dressed before it dries, wear white.

If pimples develop on your neck, you may need to stop using any gels, pomades, or hair oils that could seep from your scalp and hair onto your neck, clogging pores and causing acne. Also stay away from perfumes and fragrances.

To prevent acne from developing on other areas of your body avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes and shower immediately after working out. Keep all of your body skin moisturized and protected with an oil-free moisturizer containing SPF 15 sunscreen when going in the sun.

If you have large, irritating cystic acne on your neck, back, shoulders, or chest, or very persistent acne, don't attempt to scrub the lesions away or treat the problem on your own. See a dermatologist who will likely recommend a combination of prescription treatments, including oral and topical acne medication.

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