Post-winter body acne is a common concern – it happens when sebaceous (oil producing) glands start working overtime with the change in temperature, producing excess oil and clogging skin pores. This attracts bacteria, which leads to acne. Body acne is also triggered by wearing tight clothes and sweating, which do not allow the skin to breathe properly. Follow this easy 5-step plan to keep your body smooth and blemish-free for summer’s short dresses and back-baring necklines:
1. Switch to loose, cotton clothing and shower frequently, especially after the gym or a sweaty day in the sun.
2. Body skin is thicker than the face, making breakouts here more stubborn and resistant to treatment. Combat with an acne-fighting body wash like Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar or Lush’s Dirty Springwash.
4. Spot treat the zits with alpha-hydroxy acid or salicylic acid gel (to unclog pores) in the morning and a dose of at least two per cent benzoyl peroxide (to dry out zits and kill bacteria) at night – Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray works well.
5. Keep the affected area free of greasy creams and scented lotions, and if you’re going to expose it to the sun, make sure your SPF is oil-free. Try Kiehl’s Mexoryl SP50.