According to research, 9.4% of the world’s population has acne in one form or another. Although it is a fairly common condition, it still causes many to lose self-confidence and hide behind closed doors, including celebrities. Instead of giving up hope, it’s better to take steps to treat the cause rather than the symptoms and stay acne free.

We list some of the simplest tips to help control your body acne and let the sunshine on your bare skin.

Don’t let sweat sit on your skin, take a shower.

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Exercises really help anyone with acne, considering the fact that you also expel toxins through sweat. But the only mistake that can make body or back acne worse is letting sweat build up on your skin.

Get rid of sweat and dirt as soon as you can, and remember to wash your workout clothes thoroughly.

Make exfoliation a part of your body’s skincare.

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A gentle salicylic acid scrub can help deep cleanse your skin and remove sweat, dirt, and anything else that clogs your pores and leads to even more acne.

Additionally, exfoliation also removes dead skin cells, renewing the skin in the process.

Switch to breathable fabrics and loose fits.

Tight clothing can further irritate your skin by rubbing your pores and also trap sweat and dirt on your skin. Try to wear loose clothing and choose natural fabrics instead of synthetic ones to give your skin more room.

Keep your long hair off your back.

Long back hair can also add dirt and grime to your back, causing painful shoulder and back acne. If you’re wearing a halter top or dress, it’s a good idea to keep your hair off your back.

Also, don’t let shampoos and conditioners run down your back while you shower, as they can also clog your pores.

Choose skincare products based on the ingredients.

You may love a skincare brand’s packaging, ease of availability, or even the scent, but when it comes to acne-prone skin, you need to look at ingredient labels.

In addition to salicylic acid, which we’ve already mentioned, products with tea tree oil, white willow bark, and others can help reduce acne.

Make sure you stay hydrated at all times.

One way to help your body fight acne is to increase your water intake. Not only does this keep skin hydrated and help prevent excessive oil production, but it can also support immune function. This, in turn, helps the body eliminate certain bacteria that cause acne.

Have you tried any of these tips to reduce your acne? What were the results, and what is your go-to hack to reduce body acne?

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