Body acne: the causes and the solution!

Body acne: the causes and the solution!

What causes body acne? Why are so many people experiencing it? We’ve been through a very tough year, but could it be possible that 2020 had anything to do with body acne?

Last year had us feeling startled, it was unprecedented, difficult and we had to adapt to many changes in no time. Long periods of stress can increase the levels of cortisol –our stress hormone—, and, not surprisingly, this hormone can cause breakouts.

Stress can increase the levels of cortisol –our stress hormone—, and, not surprisingly, this hormone can cause breakouts.

Apart from “maskne,” the acne caused by covering our faces with the mask, during the pandemic there has been a rise in stress-induced acne.

What is body acne?

Facial acne and body acne have similar causes: hormones, stress and genetics that in turn cause excess oil production, clogged pores and inflammation.

It usually occurs in areas that are oily like the chest and upper back, or places where you shave, as it is an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Acne on the chest, or folliculitis, comes from clogged pores –due to oil, dead skin or other debris–, that results in inflamed hair follicles and looks like small red bumps. Dermatitis can be caused by friction and sweat and can lead to breakouts.

Acne on the chest, or folliculitis, comes from clogged pores –due to oil, dead skin or other debris

Why has body acne appeared during the pandemic?

We have experienced a huge lifestyle change: we sit for long hours and this can create butt breakouts because of the friction. The fact that we are working out from home does not help either, because we spend more time in sweaty clothes –I don’t change immediately after I train anymore, do you? – this can lead to bacteria irritating the skin and cause breakouts.

We sit for long hours and this can create butt breakouts because of the friction.

Diets have also changed, and high glycemic diets and dairy can worsen acne and of course, there is the emotional factor. Stress elevates cortisol levels and promotes oil production, this leads to inflammation in the skin and acne in the end.

What can we do to reduce body acne?

There are several measures you can take and issues to tackle:

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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