How to Handle Seasonal Acne Breakouts

One big skincare concern for a lot of people is body acne. Body acne is annoying all year round but it becomes that much more of a nuisance when you want to wear slinky dresses and swimsuits in the summer without feeling self-conscious about the blemishes on your body.

Even if you finally do get your body acne under control, you can be left with post-acne marks. If you’re struggling with acne or post-acne marks on your chest, back, butt or any other body part, note that there are plenty of body acne treatment options available. Here is how to clear up your body acne and fade those post-acne marks.

Avoid Skintight Clothing

One easy swap to help improve your body acne is to trade your tight clothes for loose, soft styles. Clinical study shows that wearing tight, athletic clothing does increase the risk of body acne because of the rubbing and irritation. Do your skin a favor and try a floaty off-the-shoulder top and a maxi skirt instead of athleisure styles.

Get Out of That Gym Shirt

You should take off your sweaty top as soon as you are done with your workout, without any delay. Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman recommends getting out of it five minutes after you’re done and popping in the shower. If you don’t have time to wash off, she suggests using antibacterial cleansing pads or cloths on your skin then putting on a fresh shirt. Try stashing Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths ($6.99) in your gym bag.

Combine Topical and Oral Treatments for Stubborn Acne

If you still find that your body is breaking out after four to six months of using a medicated body wash, speak with your dermatologist about what oral medications you can take to target pimples internally.

Avoid the Sun

This can be difficult to do in the summer, but it is important. With active acne, you want to try to minimize your sun exposure. Contrary to what some think, there are no clinical studies to support that the sun helps clear up pimples. Keeping your sun exposure to a minimum is also key if your body acne has cleared up and you want to fade the residual marks.

Watch Out for Gritty Sunscreens

Everyone still needs their SPF, but choose your product wisely. A good option is a formula with zinc oxide that has a smooth texture. Sunscreens with a gritty texture can block your pores.