Zits ahoy! It’s summer and it’s sweltering! For those who already have acne-prone complexions or oily skin, or sweat a lot, summer can be especially stressful. You want to bare your body in the newest bikini or Speedo, or rock that super cute off-shoulder top. However, having a bumper crop of pimples on your back, shoulders, chest, thighs and even the bum area can seriously dent your self-esteem.
Here are some tried-and-tested ways to banish bacne, chestne and buttne for good!
Wash better and daily. Daily showers help immensely. If you’re prone to sweating a lot, showering in the morning and before bed will help solve the problem more quickly. It’s not enough to simply rinse off all the sweat, makeup and sunscreen (Yes, you have to wash off sunscreen, too) with just water, especially after a workout. A foaming wash formulated with salicylic acid — which is more gentle — helps get rid of sebum build-up as well as dirt and other pore cloggers on your skin.
Make sure the shampoos, soaps and body washes you use aren’t causing the breakouts. When rinsing your hair, flip it forward or tilt your head to the side to wash off the shampoo or conditioner instead of letting it run down your back. Use different towels for your face and body to avoid cross-contamination.
Wear lighter, looser clothing. Choosing lighter fabrics such as cotton or linen will help your skin breathe better. Tight clothing such as leggings and skinny jeans may trap sweat around your bum and thigh areas. Moisture creates a breeding ground for bacteria and eventually, pimples. Opt for sweat-wicking fabrics for your active wear and sportswear. Shower after your workouts and don’t reuse sweat-soaked clothes. Wash and wear should be your mantra!
Use spot treatments. Just like the skin care routine for your face, following a regular regimen to treat your body blemishes also helps the zits heal faster. Spot treatments such as ointments, creams and even medicated body mists can help peel off dead, flaky skin and promote faster cell turnover. For hard-to-reach areas like the back or the bum area, using a non-absorbent body applicator allows you to apply those treatment lotions and creams, and even your body gels or soaps, in a more hygienic way and without wasting a lot of product.
Don’t forget the sunscreen! All your efforts will be useless if you don’t use sunscreen on your body. Any sunscreen that you use should be non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, and should be resistant to sweat and water (if you do water sports). Re-apply regularly, especially if you sweat a lot or spend a lot of time outdoors. Using sunscreen also promotes healing and fading of the blemishes little by little.
Be prepared. If you work out, always bring a fresh change of clothes in your gym bag along with toiletries, sunscreen and anything else. Body wipes or towelettes, especially those infused with aloe vera help to wipe away sweat and also cool you down without drying your skin. Keep your hair away from your face and the rest of your body by twisting it in a high pony tail, (man) bun or side braid.