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6 ways to prevent body acne

6 ways to prevent body acne

Body acne can appear anywhere you have pores (think face, neck, back and lower body but typically not palms or soles). Acne breakouts are common on people who have genetically oily or acneic skin, but they can also occur with use of comedogenic (pore-clogging) skin and hair care products. Here are 6 tips to help control and prevent body acne:

Wear natural fibers

1. Wear natural fibers.

Avoid scratchy, itchy or tight fabrics and choose fabrics that are breathable, like cotton. This helps keep skin free from congestion caused by trapped sweat, dead skin cells, excess oil and bacteria. Fabrics that are specifically engineered to wick moisture away from the skin are also helpful, especially during exercise.



Shower after perspiring

2. Shower after perspiring.

Letting sweat linger promotes an acne-friendly environment on your skin. If you can’t shower right away, apply a product that contains salicylic acid to help purify and clear skin of excess oils, such as Micro-pore mist. When in the shower use Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash to clear away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Morning and night, lather a small amount in damp hands, then rub over face, neck, chest ... anywhere you want to wipe out dirt and breakouts. 




3. Exfoliate

Acne-prone skin tends to shed more skin cells, which can clog pores and cause acne if they aren’t removed. Exfoliate with a gentle body scrub at least once or twice a week to help prevent acne. Avoid scrubs that use nuts, pits or shells as they can create tiny abrasions in the skin. Breakout clearing liquid peel is a great chemical exfoliator which can be used on the face, neck, chest and arms. This exfoliator helps rough texture, breakouts, and hyperpigmentation, to reveal  brighter skin.


4. Moisturise

The skin naturally moisturises itself with sebum (oil), but when your body’s moisture levels are off balance, your skin can overproduce oil to compensate. Moisturise daily with a non-comedogenic moisturiser to help prevent this. Cooling Aqua Jelly is a weightless formula and a water-like texture, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and lightly hydrated. It contains a retinol-like bioflavonoid complex which helps reduce excess oil and refine skin.


Clean your cell phone daily

5. Clean your cell phone daily.

Your cell phone harbours more bacteria than you know! Even if you don’t hold it against your face, you touch it with your hands, which then touch your face and spread breakout-causing bacteria. Clean it daily with an anti-bacterial wipe.


Wash your pillowcase


6. Wash your pillowcase.

Your pillowcase can collect oil, skin cells, bacteria and pore-clogging residue from hair products – all things that contribute to acne. Wash it at least once or twice a week to help reduce congestion. Also, avoid using fabric softener or dryer sheets, which are often made with softening agents that can clog pores or irritate sensitive skin.


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