Acne is the nightmare of most teenagers, but can affect even adults. And neither is content to sprout in the face. It can occur in other areas of the body, such as the chest, back, shoulders and buttocks. This body acne, like that of the face, negatively affects self-esteem, but you do not have to suffer in silence because it has treatment and relief. Follow these tips to keep it at bay.
If you have pimples and marks on the shoulders and back, and that's why you can not even go to the beach or the pool (pool). And not to mention a low-cut dress. Or you ask yourself: "Why does this happen to me?" You are not alone The cause of body acne is not exactly known, although it is thought to have a genetic component: if someone in your family had it or has it, the chances of you having it increase much more.
What is known is why it occurs. Of the conditions that affect the skin, acne is the most common and occurs when the follicles of the skin are occluded (covered) with sebum and the dead skin cells form pimples and pimples.
Certain factors can stimulate the activity of the sebaceous glands (those that produce the oil or sebum that lubricates our skin), which in turn triggers or worsens the cases of acne:
- Increased hormonal activity (as happens during adolescence), or hormonal fluctuations either during pregnancy or when taking oral contraceptives.
- The use of some medications, such as those of steroid type (corticosteroid), or those that contain androgens or lithium.
- A diet high in dairy products or carbohydrates (foods in general with a high gl indexucémico) can stimulate or worsen acne.
It is also known that despite what many believe, neither fatty foods nor chocolate influence acne. Neither the dirt. On the contrary, excessive cleaning of the skin or with products that are too strong can not only irritate the skin, but also worsen acne breakouts.
Many of the people affected by facial acne also have body acne, but it is possible that the latter will present itself. It can occur anywhere on the body, with the exception of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet (since they lack sebaceous follicles), and it is more common to sprout on the chest, back, shoulders and buttocks . As the skin of the body is thicker and has larger pores, the acne breakouts are, in general, more pronounced and severe.
Body acne can be treated and controlled effectively, but a complete and definitive cure can not be guaranteed. The treatment depends on many factors: age, sex, the severity of the acne outbreaks and the time that has been suffered.
But there are several options for treatment:
- The mild to moderate cases of body acne can be combated with lotions or over-the-counter creams containing as an active element benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol or sulfuric acid, accompanied by a topical antibiotic (applied to the skin). The goal of these medications is to reduce inflammation, redness and possible infection with bacteria (which cause pus). Follow the package instructions and avoid using sulfuric acid and benzoyl peroxide at the same time. Be consistent and you will begin to see improvement, although not immediately. It is possible that some reaction occurs, such as skin irritation, dryness and peeling skin.
- If your case of body acne is more severe, it is best if the treatment is indicated and supervised by a dermatologist. He or she will prescribe more potent lotions or creams and / or oral antibiotics, treatments based on laser beam or light therapy, "peelings" and other procedures to remove very deep cysts and avoid marks and scars.
In addition to the treatment indicated by the dermatologist, there are several steps you can take to improve your case of body acne.
Among them are:
- Friction makes acne worse. Avoid wearing tight clothing or carrying backpacks to reduce pressure and rubbing on shoulders and back.
- Wear loose clothing, preferably cotton, that absorbs body moisture and keeps you cool. Body acne outbreaks are worsened by the use of sweaty or damp clothes.
- When you shower or take a shower, avoid using very strong or abrasive soaps or gels. Use an antibacterial soap or gel, one suitable for delicate skin or products specifically for acne.
- The removal of dead cells also helps you. Use products to gently exfoliate the skin (avoid rubbing lesions or pimples that have recently become inflamed).
- After the bath, apply the acne lotion or cream either prescribed or over the counter.
- Avoid touching, squeezing or squeezing granites so as not to further irritate the skin and minimize the appearance of marks and scars.
- Although stress does not cause acne, if you already have it, it makes it worse. Therefore, counteract situations that cause stress with a good rest, exercise or a relaxing pastime.
- Take a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoiding foods with high concentrations of carbohydrates, for example, refined products (sugar, bread, white rice) have a high glycemic index and do not suit you.
- Keep your bedding and your underwear very clean and fresh.
- If you are a woman and you have long hair, take it up as much as possible or take it short to avoid further irritation if you have sprouts on the shoulders or back.
Both facial acne and body acne are not serious conditions but they can directly affect your self-esteem. Find a remedy today and if over-the-counter products are not enough, visit a dermatologist.