Is breaking a sweat causing you to break out on your back and chest? For many of us, body acne is an unfortunate side effect of getting our fitness on, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn the steps you need to take to get rid of body acne and end the workout-breakout cycle for good.
How Working Out Causes Body Acne
Not Showering After Exercise
While acne on the face and the body can be caused by so many different factors, acne that only pops up on your back or chest is often caused by our post-workout skin care routines—or lack there of. When we work up a serious sweat during a workout but fail to wash that sweat away after we cool down, it creates the perfect environment for pimples to pop up.
The enzymes from your sweat end up sticking to your skin and mixing with dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells, and whatever else is lingering on your skin’s surface. This mixture can then clog pores, become compromised with bacteria, and cause body acne to rear its ugly head.
You’ll want to jump in the shower within 10 minutes after finishing up your workout to rinse away that sweat you worked up.
Too-Tight Workout Clothes
Another all-too-common culprit? Wearing workout clothes that aren’t breathable and keeping your workout clothes on after breaking a sweat.
Opt for breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics which can help to stop your sweat enzymes from sticking to your skin and always remove your workout gear after you’ve finished up!
How to Get Rid of Body Acne
Now that you know what can cause body acne after working out, it’s time to learn how to get rid of the back and chest pimples you have. Let’s face it, acne anywhere is annoying, but when it’s on your face you can cover your pimples with foundation and concealer. When the breakouts are on your body—especially during warmer months—covering acne can feel like an uphill battle. Here are few steps you can take to get rid of body acne.
Step 1: Keep Things Clean…
Make it a point to wash your face and body at least 10 minutes after working out. Even if all you have time for in the moment is a quick rinse, it will help in the long run. And, it goes without saying, be sure to change your workout clothes after each and every sweat session.
Step 2: …Really Clean
When you’re ready to give your skin care routine the attention it deserves, reach for a Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift cleansing brush, which is proven to cleanse your skin 6 times better than your hands alone. Paired with the Smart Turbo Body Cleansing Brush Head, the brush offers you a full body exfoliation—and a much-needed post-workout massage—to help you achieve cleaner, softer skin.
Step 3: Switch Cleansers
If you’re using a generic bar soap it’s time to toss it in favor of a cleanser formulated with a key acne-fighting ingredient: salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps to reduce the appearance of acne blemishes you currently have and prevent new ones from forming. Try our Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser next time you hop in a post-gym shower. The formula—with 2% salicylic acid—helps to clear and prevent acne breakouts without over-drying your skin.
Step 4: Spot Treat
Did you know that the skin on your body is up to an inch thick? This can make body acne harder to treat than its complexion counterpart. A dermatologist-approved tip for body acne is to try using spot treatments that have been formulated with sulfur on troublesome blemishes.
Step 5: Hydrate Your Skin
Even though you have body acne, it doesn’t mean you should skip out on moisturizer. By not hydrating your skin after cleansing—especially after using acne-fighting products—you can cause it to produce excess oils to compensate for the lack of moisture. After washing your body, pat your skin dry, and reach for a lightweight lotion to keep your skin hydrated and happy.
By following these steps you’re sure to see a reduction in your body acne breakouts over time.