Body acne is embarrassing and can make you want to stay covered-up. Does this situation sound familiar:
- You try on your swimsuit in the mirror before heading to the beach, only to discover with horror that a few huge zits have popped up on your back.
- In a panic, you type into google “how to get rid of body acne overnight.” You see an article that recommends putting toothpaste or lemon juice on your blemishes, so you give it a try.
- The next day? Your acne is even worse than before! Now what?!
The Bad News
There is no overnight cure for acne. Large pimples might seem to come from out of nowhere, but in reality, they’ve been forming for weeks. A pimple starts from a tiny plug in a pore called a microcomedone. This little plug is composed of dead skin cells and oil, and it slowly grows bigger as more material is trapped in the pore. When bacteria enters into the equation, an angry looking red zit pops up. Just like it took a while for this pimple to form, it will take some time for it to go away.
The Good News
Though you can’t cure body acne overnight, you can stop new blemishes from forming by regularly applying a product that exfoliates the skin and has antibacterial properties. Look for body acne products that contain alpha hydroxy acids such as mandelic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid. Alpha hydroxy acids stop dead skin cells and oil from building up in pores, so new pimples stop forming. After a few months, you’ll no longer have microcomedones that are waiting to become enlarged zits, and the cycle of breakouts will be broken- hooray! As long as you continue to regularly use an exfoliating product, your skin should stay clear.
Effective long-term treatment for body acne requires being consistent with your skincare routine. You’ll need to apply an exfoliating product in the morning and night. Make sure to cover the entire area where you break out in a thin, even layer. Don’t just spot-treat your pimples because this won’t stop new ones from forming.
Also, be sure to wear sunscreen! Alpha hydroxy acids make you prone to sunburn, so it’s very important to lather up. Get a good quality, high SPF sunscreen that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging). Often times the best sunscreens for acne-prone skin are labeled as “face sunscreen”, but these products can also be used on the body.
Check out Almond Clear if you’re looking for an alpha hydroxy acid that’s specially formulated for body blemishes. Get started on your body skincare routine now, and next time you head to the beach you can don swimsuit without thinking twice about your skin.