What's Causing Your Body Acne?

23 Jun 2016 by Teenage

Body acne can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and tough to get rid of – especially if you have them at the oddest, most hard to reach places. And because prevention is much better than cure, here are some insights to what’s causing your body acne (and how to eliminate them for good).  

#1 Sweat

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Regular gym-goers might have figured this one out already, but sweat is a common cause for body acne breakouts, especially if it sits on the skin for too long. Whether you’re hitting the gym or simply doing rigorous, perspiration-inducing activities, make sure to hit the showers once you’re done or wipe away sweat whenever possible with a clean cloth. Additionally, gym equipment is riddled with acne-causing bacteria, so do bring along antibacterial wipes to thoroughly wipe down the machines before using them. 

#2 Unhealthy diet

Much like facial blemishes, body acne can also be caused by what you eat. For example, chest acne is thought to be caused by poor eating habits and/or digestive problems. Try staying away from drinking brain-freeze level beverages, spicy food that can throw off your skin’s P.H levels, and start including more fibre in your daily diet. 

#3 Dirty Sheets

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As you sleep, oil, dead skin cells and sweat collects on your sheets, which is pretty gross even though you can’t see it with the naked eye. Changing your linens regularly (ideally once a week) helps keep your body acne-free. The cleaner your sheets are, the lower the chances of anything clogging up your pores and causing acne. Go for lightweight cotton as it traps less icky stuff compared to thicker materials. The same goes for your clothing as well, so make sure to dump your clothes in the wash after every wear. 

#4 Shaving 

Shaving doesn’t only cause painful ingrown hairs – it may also cause skin irritation, which might lead to body acne if the shaved area hasn’t been effectively rid of dirt and bacteria beforehand. The next time you grab your razor, make sure you are showered clean – avoid using scented shaving creams as they can also aggravate your skin. 

#5 Tight-fitting Clothing

Tight clothing is one of the most common irritants for body acne. It holds sweat and oil against your skin, blocking the pores and causing acne to flare up. Wear looser clothes and avoid anything that may cause additional friction against your skin like bra straps or heavy bag straps.  

#6 Sensitive Skin 


If your skin is prone to acne breakouts and irritants, use body washes that are formulated to treat blemishes and are safe for sensitive skin, like the T3 Acne Body Wash ($22.20) instead of regular soaps when you shower. It contains tea tree oil which is an effective treatment for stubborn acne and helps with unclogging pores and preventing the formation of scarring caused by pimples. Follow up with the T3 Body Scrub ($12.20), which also helps in sloughing away dead skin cells and prevents dirt buildup. Do note that you should only use body scrubs once or twice a week as over-exfoliating will irritate the skin further.

T3 products are available at Pink Beauty, Unity, Watsons and other beauty houses.

Do you have any other tips to get rid of and/or prevent body acne? Share it with us by commenting below! 

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