The Ultimate Guide to a Beach-Body without Acne
Friday night. Summer is in a full bloom, and your friend just called
about this great beach party tomorrow. Instead of being excited, you get
that sinking feeling...and the only think you can think about is how
you're going to handle taking your shirt off with all of those pimples
on your body.
acne is similar to facial acne in both symptoms and general treatment
rules, but it may be more difficult to control and get rid of, and
therefore will require some special attention. Body acne is most
commonly found on the back (and is also sometimes called "bacne"), chest
and neck but blemishes can appear anywhere with exception of the feet
and palms. Back and body acne affects both men and women, teens and
adults, but body acne is much more common, and often more severe, in
often, acne begins on the face. As acne progresses in range and
severity, it begins to affect other areas of the body as well. Not
everyone with acne will experience breakouts on the body, but those with
body acne nearly always have acne on their face as well. Like the
face, the back and torso have more sebaceous glands per square inch than
other areas of the body, so the hair follicles are more likely to
become plugged with excess sebum and dead skin cells - the same factors
that trigger facial acne: overactive
oil glands, excess dead skin cells, and a proliferation of acne-causing
bacteria. Sebum and dead skin cells become trapped within the follicle,
or pore, and create a blockage. This blockage becomes a blackhead and
may progress to a pimple if bacteria invade the clogged pore and start the inflammatory cascade.
So how do you get that ultimate beach body and not have to worry about taking your shirt off?
- A Shower a Day Keeps the Pimples at Bay. Since sweat can also irritate body acne, this is of particular interest to the guys who play sports and work out. To minimize irritation initiated by sweating, shower as soon as possible after exercising.
Do not scrub the skin, even with a loofa or body puff. Simply use your
hands or a soft washcloth to cleanse your skin. Remember, you want to
avoid friction and irritating your skin. A thorough, but gentle
cleansing - preferably with moisturizing cleansers and with dabs of
witch-hazel and a chamomile astringent - is better than a vigorous scrubbing.
Showering is especially important for people with acne mechanica,
a type of acne caused by heat and friction. This type of acne breakout
is quite prevailing in athletes that wear thigh uniforms but may also
occur under headbands, backpacks or bike helmets. It is essential that
those whose lifestyle includes those risk factors shower immediately and
thoroughly after athletic activities.
- Dress For Success.
Since sweat and rubbing the skin may cause more abrasions followed by
more inflammation, your "dress code" should focus more on looser
garments, and more "breezy," natural fabrics. Also, change your clothes
whenever you sweat, and try not to use shoulder bags or backpacks if you
have back or shoulder acne.
- Eat your way to clear skin.
Even though there is no scientific evidence that food CAUSES over
secretion of sebum, we know that a wrong diet may make acne worse. Food
rich in "good fats", fish oil and antioxidants, low in sugar and carbs
(watch that beer intake!) and free of grease and excessive spicing will
help to keep your skin in better shape. Drink plenty of water and avoid
sugary drinks too. Excessive alcohol consumption is also bad for
your skin as alcohol is a diuretic and will dehydrate your skin, and may
increase peeling and inflammation.
- Control Stress.
Easier said than done, yes, we know. Stress may worsen your acne as it
affects the hormone production. When you are stressed, your adrenal
glands produce more cortisol that, in addition to mobilizing your bodily
functions to deal with stress, also stimulates the production of more
androgens, which affects the sebaceous glands and their sebum
production. We know that a stress free life is not a reality, but you
can control the level and duration of stress at least to the certain
extent. Exercise, a healthy sexual life, a good night's sleep (minimum 6
hours per night) and hobbies are just some of the effective ways to
- The Safe and Not-So-Safe Treatments. Unfortunately,
the current common treatment rationale for treating acne is focused on
the treatment of existing pimples rather than on preventing acne pimples
from forming, which represents the ideal treatment approach. This
particular point was cited in the most recent guidelines from the
American Association of Acne and Rosacea, which emphasizes that the
prevention of "microcomedones" (precursor to pimples on the surface of
the skin) is critical in the treatment of acne.
do you use topical over-the-counter creams, gels or lotions containing
the popular salicylic acid, or prescriptive retinoids and topical and
systemic antibiotics or selected oral contraceptives (OC)? If so, you
will ONLY address the symptoms of acne (mostly growth of
bacteria) and may temporarily reduce inflammation (with OC's, you will
also temporarily change your hormone levels), but rarely will you get
rid of acne for good. Additionally, with most of those products, you
also pick up a lot of possible adverse effects such as amplified sun
sensitivity, stomach and GI issues, penicillin resistant bacteria and
even potential blood clots (some OC's) and counter-indication for
and unfortunately, the only prescriptive drug that impacts the
production of sebum is Isotretinoin (known under the brand of Accutane
or its generics), which has been a subject of class action suit for its
severe side effects and is only recommended as a last resort for most
severe or refractory acne.
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