Unfortunately for many of us, Acne doesn’t just exist on the face. Acne is an all-over skin concern that can be uncomfortable, affecting anyone at any age.


To manage Body Acne, let’s start by understanding the root cause, which leads us to effective prevention strategies which can transform your approach to body care, paving the way for clearer, healthier skin.  

The underlying causes of body acne 

There may be a multitude of different culprits behind body acne, include excess oil production, clogged pores from dead skin cells, bacteria, and hormonal fluctuations. Areas like the back, chest, and shoulders are particularly prone to Body Acne, as we naturally have a higher concentration of oil glands in these areas. Sweat and friction from tight clothing can also exacerbate the situation, trapping bacteria and sweat against the skin.  

Preventing body acne 

To prevent body Acne, it’s extremely important to keep the affected areas clean, dry, and free from excess oils. Choose gentle body washes that cleanse effectively without clogging pores. To keep your skin smooth and clear, exfoliate either with a gentle scrub or a body product made with a chemical exfoliant (like salicylic acid) to remove dead skin cells and prevent buildup. After a workout or a particularly sweaty day out in the sun, shower immediately to avoid the sweat and bacteria leading to breakouts. Where possible, try to wear loose, breathable fabrics to help reduce friction and allow the skin to breathe.  

Lifestyle adjustments 

Whether we like it or not, our lifestyle affects the way we look (and feel). A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and staying sufficiently hydrated can also support your skin’s health from the inside out. Regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and managing stress also contribute to your overall wellness and can indirectly improve skin conditions in general, including Body Acne.  

Take a trip to the dermatologist 

If all else fails, or if you're unsure about the best approach for your skin type, consulting a dermatologist is the way to go. They can offer personalized advice, prescribe stronger treatments if necessary, and help address any underlying issues contributing to your breakouts. 

Products to try  

When it comes to treating body acne, using the right products can make all the difference. We love to look for naturally-derived ingredients, and incorporating aloe vera or green tea into your body care routine can help soothe and reduce Acne-related inflammation. Body washes and lotions formulated with acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil can also help alleviate Body Acne. These ingredients are known to reduce oil, combat bacteria, and soothe inflammation.