Anyone who's gotten a zit somewhere other than their face has pretty much the same reaction: WTF. As if regular acne isn’t undesirable enough, do we really have to deal with blemishes on our chest, neck and hairline, too? The good news is, if you’re breaking out in an unusual place, there are a few easy ways to recognize what’s causing it and nip it in the bud ASAP. “Back”ne, we turn our backs on you.
The Dreaded "Back"ne
This is actually the most common form of acne other than the kind that occurs on your face. Our backs are filled with hair follicles that often become clogged from sweat, product buildup (for those with longer hair), lotion with sulfates, you name it. As a result, blemishes occur. The wrong type of laundry detergent or even clothes that are too tight/aren't breathable will cause this to happen, as well. The best way to combat this issue is to wash your back daily with a gentle-bristled scrub brush, along with a mild salicylic acid cleanser for blackheads/little red bumps. Make sure not to scrub serious acne, as that will spread the bacteria and make it worse - dab a product with benzoyl peroxide between 2.5-10% on it instead (beware, as it tends to bleach dark clothes).
Walk The Hairline
Unfortunately, a good work out can result in a bad break out if you don't take the time to rinse off after - sweat along the hairline can result in clogged pores. If you normally wear makeup, it's possible that you're forgetting to cleanse this often overlooked area. Easy fix: exfoliate softly around the hairline, then wipe with an astringent once you're done cleansing.
Get It Off Your Chest
No seriously, we want it off. The chest has very delicate sebaceous glands and fewer of them, so oil and sweat buildup tends to happen a little more frequently. Wash VERY gently with a mild acne skincare wash following up with an oil-free facial moisturizer. One of our most favorite, quick and effective acne treatments is the GlyMed Plus Serious Action Skin Peeling Lotion, which you apply once every evening (it might even be gone by morning).
Necks and Jawlines Beware...
We regret to inform you that the majority of neck and jawline acne is, in fact, hormonal. This means it's more likely to occur when your body is going through hormonal changes (especially during PMS). If you have a decent skincare routine it should be minimized, but if you're really seeing some nasty pimples, we suggest talking to your doctor or skincare esthetician about some alternative options.
No Butts About It
Yeah, we went there. This is a rare one that usually results from tight-fitted clothes, which slows the skin's natural exfoliating process and leads to sweat/oil buildup. Regularly occurring sweat also creates a breeding ground for bacteria (ew). Our suggestion? Make sure you're showering regularly to keep things copacetic, wearing clean underwear and not wearing ridiculously tight pants. Easy.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in SLC.