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12 Ways to Get Rid of Body Acne

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If you’ve ever dealt with acne before, you know how frustrating it can be. You spend a lot of time taking care of your skin with the right products, which makes spotting a pesky zit a low blow. Don’t get us started on those full blown breakouts that come out of nowhere. *eye roll*

Luckily, there are easy ways that you can get rid of your body acne without making things worse. Take a look at your everyday habits and how they affect your skin for the worse. Simply incorporating these 12 steps into your daily routine can drastically reduce your chances of breaking out.

1. Put down your exfoliating scrubs.
Normally, exfoliating is a good thing. However, for those of us who have regular flare ups, these type of products can actually aggravate our skin. Instead of exfoliating your skin daily, stick to once a week so you can give your skin a chance to heal.

2. Make sure you shower before you go to sleep.
Your body is hit with so many different toxins as soon as you walk out of that door. That makes washing off all of that built up bacteria and dirt incredibly important. You don’t want to chance trapping those toxins on your pillow and sheets.

3. Get rid of bacne with a medicated body wash.
Body washes that contain salicylic acid are great for treating hard-to-reach areas like your back, while benzoyl peroxide is better suited for facial acne. However, you should only use it on the affected areas so you don’t risk drying out or irritating the rest of your skin.

4. Use an acne cleanser before you go to bed. That’s it!
Despite popular belief, you should really only use acne cleansers once a day, preferably at night. They are strong enough to treat your acne without excessive use. As long as you wash your face regularly in the morning, you’re good to go.


5. Stop pressing your phone to your face.
This may sound random but is 100% important. Your face constantly produces oils, which stick to your phone the longer it rests against your skin. Use a wipe to clean your screen.

6. Stop squeezing your blackheads!
It may be tempting to squeeze that baby until it pops but you’re only making things worse. If you squeeze it the wrong way, you can actually scar your skin. So take two steps back and let your medicated creams do the work.

7. Apply your medicated creams BEFORE you moisturize your face.
Your nightly routine should look like this: Wash your face, apply medication and then moisturize. This will help your skin absorb the medicated cream without anything getting in the way.

8. Change your sheets on a regular basis.
I can’t stress how important this is, especially if you experience serious breakouts. Imagine all of the oils and bacteria from your body that is sticking to your bedding. This can irritate your acne even further.

9. Hit the gym in lighter workout gear.
Wearing lighter clothes to the gym will give your skin a chance to breathe. This will also stop sweat from being trapped in your pores.

10. If possible, shower right after your workout.
If you’re heading to the gym, bring a change of clothes with you so you’re not walking around in the same sweaty outfit all day. You should also try to shower once you’re done working out so you can rid of all that built up sweat and bacteria. If that’s not possible, use a gentle wipe on your face and chest.

11. Add oil-free products to your makeup routine.
If you have acne-prone skin, your body probably overproduces oils. Using oil based products regularly isn’t going to make things any easier.

12. Shave AFTER you shower.
Get your skin nice and clean before you start shaving. This will decrease your chances of infecting the area. It will also make your skin feel extra smooth, so no complaints here!

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.