How to Avoid Body Acne This Summer
Summer is approaching, and while everyone is working to get that beach body, don’t forget about getting that clear, beach-ready skin!
-Wear natural fibers, or fabrics specifically engineered to wick moisture away from the skin. This is especially important if you’re working out.
-Make sure your body lotions and cleansers are noncomedogenic*
- if you are going to do something strenuous in the heat and you know you’ll sweat a lot, wear loose, clothing so that your skin can breathe.
-Shower as soon as possible after perspiring
If you have body acne already it is important to treat your skin every day. Even though we only see the visible acne on the surface, there are microcomedones that lie under the skin. That is the primary lesion of acne.
-Use a a follicular exfoliant everyday to break up loose cell buildup and loosen the clogged pores. These exfoliants are not scrub cleansers. There are Over-the-counter forms of these exfoliants** that you can use for your body acne such as:
One of my favorite acne body cleansers is Neutrogena Body Clear - Pink Grapefruit Body Wash
Its oil-free, contains Salicylic Acid and has those little blasting beads, who doesn’t love those?
This body wash is gentle enough to use everyday, and easy to incorporate into your routine if you are only more prone to body acne in the summer. I use it only on those specific areas that are more acne-prone
Picking the right sunscreen if you have oily/combination/acne prone skin
Make sure that the sunscreen is noncomedogenic and lightweight in texture. If it feels greasy or uncomfortable - ditch it. Also make sure that it is broad spectrum, protecting against UVA & UVB rays
My favorite sunscreen is Glymed Plus Photo-Age Environmental Protection Gel. This.Is.Amazing. It smells great, and feels super weight-less on my skin. The gel texture makes it feel like i’m wearing nothing! Which is perfect because I have oily skin and I hate that feel of a thick, creamy sunscreen. Even if your skin is on the dry side, this product will work great.
*Noncomedogenic means that the product doesn’t cause excessive buildup of dead cells - which causes blackheads/comedones
**One should not use more than one type of exfoliant agent at a time.