Have years of battling body acne made you the only girl on the block wearing a full frock during the height of summer. Are you wearing that long-sleeved shirt because of the acne scars left on your chest and back? You’re not alone.
Acne most commonly forms on the face but can travel to our behinds, arms, chest and backs. When too much sebum, or oil is secreted, it clogs our follicles and an acne lesion begins to grow. Acne can appear on your face and body in the form of:
Blackheads: whiteheads that come to the surface and oxidizes and turns black
Whiteheads: are also called closed comedones, and while these do rise to the surface like blackheads, the air doesn’t reach the follicle so they remain white.
Papules: tiny, tender bumps.
Pustules: pimples that are red at the base and have pus at the top.
Cysts: fluid-filled pimples that hurt like the dickens and can leave a nasty scar!
Nodules: painful solid lumps that are located deep beneath the surface.
Excessive oil production is considered the number one contributor to body acne, especially in teenagers because of hormone level changes. It can also be caused by the growing sexual hormones of young men and women – testosterone & estrogen respectively. Changing hormones cause the sebum glands to enlarge and makes them produce even more oil which blocks the pore and surrounding follicle and promotes the growth of acne.
Because acne develops in the pore around a follicle, our backs, chests, buttocks and arms are at high risk for an acne outbreak. But all isn’t lost; you CAN treat adult and teenage acne.
What NOT to do when you have acne…
Don’t pop acne lesions. If you do, then the bacteria could spread and create more pimples.
Don’t pick your pimples. Let the blemish go away on it’s on with or without medication.
Don’t use harsh exfoliating cleansers. Use gentle cleansers as prescribed to you by a dermatologist.
Don’t spend long periods of time in the sun as the ultra-violet rays could further aggravate your acne and potentially cause skin cancer.