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How you can get rid of chest and back acne

Skin Care By Gloria Nyang'iye
Acne breakouts appear on parts of the body that have pores which are the face, neck, chest, back and lower body (Shutterstock)

Acne breakouts appear on parts of the body that have pores which are the face, neck, chest, back and lower body. Body acne is typically common among people who have oily skin but it can also be caused by a number of external factors. 

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Body acne is trickier to treat because it covers a larger surface area than the face. With the right skincare regimen, body acne breakouts can be reduced and help the scars fade away over time.

Here are five ways to get rid of chest and back acne.

  1. Shower daily

From childhood, we are taught about the importance of personal hygiene, and especially taking daily showers. These especially when done twice a day, get rid of the build-up of dirt and oil on the skin’s surface. Sweaty and dirty skin is the perfect environment for acne to thrive.

It’s still important to shower daily whether or not you sweat because your skin needs to be cleaned properly. It’s also recommended that you shower with lukewarm water as opposed to steaming hot water. For prevention from future acne breakouts, try doing a final rinse with cold water at the end of your shower to seal your pores. 

Washing your body daily helps get rid of the build-up of dirt and oil on the skin’s surface (Shutterstock)
  1. Wash your bedding

Your bedding collects sweat, oil, dead skin cells, bacteria and hair products while you’re asleep. As you slumber, your face and body are reabsorbing these very things. Over time, your pores will get clogged which will lead to acne breakouts.

Ensure that you wash and replace your sheets and pillow covers at least once a week to wash away all dirt and oil before reusing them.

Exfoliating with a gentle scrub will reveal smoother skin (Shutterstock)
  1. Exfoliate

The skin on your body is not as delicate as the skin on your face and neck, so exfoliating it once a week won’t be too abrasive on your breakouts. During the process of cell turnover, dead skin cells rise to the skin’s surface to create space for new skin cells.

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This is pretty common with acne-prone skin in particular and the dead skin can clog your pores if it isn’t removed. Exfoliating with a gentle scrub will reveal smoother skin, making the cell turnover process a lot smoother. Remember to stay away from harsh scrubs that contain nuts, shells or pits to avoid irritating existing breakouts.

Moisturising your body can actually combat acne breakouts (Shutterstock)
  1. Moisturise

Many people believe that moisturisers are acne’s arch enemies. This is far from the truth because moisturising your body can actually combat acne breakouts. Our skin naturally produces an oil called ‘sebum’. When your skin is dry, your body overcompensates by producing more of this sebum. Make sure you don’t leave your house without moisturising your body.  

  1. Drink water

Water is essential for your overall health and your skin, in particular, loves water! Water flushes out toxins from your body and keeps you hydrated. Increase your water intake daily if you’ve been slacking and you’ll notice a huge improvement in the appearance of your skin. 

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