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How to Get Rid of Body Acne

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Mild to moderate body acne is 100% manageable. This applies to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and burn as well. For severe acne, consult with a dermatologist.


So, how do I get rid of it? Apply a topical spray product that contains salicylic and glycolic acid to affected areas after cleansing twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart—typically in the morning and at night—before you start your day and after the day is over. You want to cover the entire surface area of affected areas by spraying and then gently rubbing it in with clean hands.


But I only shower once a day. Cleansing the body without taking a shower can be a nuisance. Another option: gently wipe affected areas with noncomedogenic baby wipes.


Also worth noting: do not pick. Allow blemishes to heal naturally. Squeezing at blemishes prematurely will likely only make them worse and result in future breakouts. Patience. Allow the ingredients to work their magic.


The problem: Most decent body blemish products only contain salicylic—and not glycolic—acid. This is a mistake. The two complement each other to more effectively combat and prevent body blemishes. The skin on the body is less sensitive and thicker, with larger pores, than that of the face. A more aggressive array of ingredients than merely salicylic acid is needed for best results. 


The problem, continued: Some products go too far in the opposite direction; alcohol-based ingredients are too drying and too harsh on the skin and can cause breakouts. Fragrances, dies, and ineffective “natural” remedies do nothing but hike up prices and potentially cause irritation. Benzoyl peroxide can be extremely drying and irritating and is ill-suited for treating the body; it is expensive and bleaches clothing.


The problem, CONTINUED: of the few products on the market that do contain both salicylic and glycolic acid, they are not cheap. Replenix Gly-Sal® Spray, often recommended by Dermatologists, costs $25 for a 3oz bottle. That is not conducive to affordably covering the surface area of one’s back, neck, and chest, for instance, twice daily.


A solution: SimpliClear Body Spray contains salicylic and glycolic acid as well witch hazel, aloe vera, and vitamin B3. At $9.99 per 4oz bottle, it is not only the cheapest but also the most effective product on the market. Learn more on their website

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Try to avoid fabric softener. Change clothes after wearing them, especially after working out. Don't shower too often or your skin will be left drier so it will overcompensate by producing more oil/sebum. Moisturize your skin regularly - use non-comedogenic moisturizer to not clog your skin, unless it's on areas that don't break out. Experiment with a different diet - dairy and sugar have been said to cause breakouts.

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Yes to avoiding potentially irritating fabric softeners, or anything that will cause irritation, whether chemically (via non-comedogenic products) or physically (via picking, or any high-friction clothing or gear that cause irritation). Yes to clean clothing and linens/ pillow cases. Showering twice a day or showering with scalding hot water is also generally not good. In regards to diet, I reject the idea that it affects acne. Some will disagree. It is a gray area scientifically. But I believe trying to prove or disprove the affects of diet on one's skin is a waste of time and energy, because it simply cannot be done. A proper and consistent skincare routine with products that contain the right ingredients, instead, is paramount. 

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