Acne can not only leave your skin bumpy but can affect your self-esteem. Unfortunately, acne can occur in other areas of your body, such as your back. If you have body acne, here are some treatment options for clearing it up. 

Shower Daily With the Right Tools

When you suffer from body acne, simply relying on bar soap and water will not do. In place of bar soap, look for a body wash that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Both are commonly found in other acne medications and can help clear up your skin. Exfoliating body washes are also a good choice. The exfoliants remove dead cells that have clogged your pores and led to acne breakouts. 

You also need to ensure that you do not skip any areas. It is important that you hit even those hard-to-reach areas because bacteria that causes acne can remain in those places if not properly cleaned. 

Prepare Your Skin Before Working Out

Whether you are about to exercise or take on some other sweat-inducting activity, it is important that you prepare your skin before starting. Bacteria and oils that can cause breakouts are worked up by sweating. To prevent the breakout, use medicated pads to wipe the areas where you break out. As with the body wash, ensure the pads contain salicylic acid. 

One other important thing to remember when working out is to choose the right fabric. Opt for lightweight clothing made of fabrics, such as cotton or other natural materials. If you do opt for a synthetic fabric, look for those which purport to prevent moisture buildup on the skin.

Change Your Sheets Regularly

As your sleep, dead skin cells end up on your sheets. The skin cells build up and create an icky environment for your skin that is ripe for the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Change your sheets at least twice a week to keep this from happening. Remember, cotton is a better material for your skin when you want to prevent acne. Consider switching your sheets if you are using a different fabric. 

See the Dermatologist

If you continue to experience breakouts, it is time to see the dermatologist. You might need prescription strength medication to help control the body acne. The dermatologist can also point out other behavior that can be changed to help reduce breakouts. Your dermatologist might recommend a combination of treatments to get the best results.  

Body acne can be controlled with simple modifications to your daily hygiene routines. It can take some time, but with consistent care, you can avoid future breakouts.