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Body acne: how to treat

August 20, 2012 by  
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Acne can take various forms, from mild to severe. It can take the form of a few small pimples scattered about and easily treatable, or spread out over a large part of the body. The pimples can be simple blackheads, pustules, or even fully inserted under the skin like small cysts. Sadly the face is not the only part of the body that can be affected by acne pimples.  Hormonal disorders affect the entire body, there are sebaceous glands everywhere that can produce more sebum than necessary, clogging the pores of the skin to bring about the infection that causes pimples. Back, neck and shoulders are often affected by acne pimples.

Acne affects peoples from 10 to 40 years of age, and sometimes older. It is not confined to teenagers only. After healing, the return of acne can be daunting, especially if it does not affect only the face.  How do I treat acne on the back, shoulders or neck? First and foremost, to understand the causes of body acne is essential to effectively treat it, or better yet to prevent it.  Like all forms of acne, body acne has many causes. According to the medical community, acne usually occurs when the sebaceous glands start to over-function.  Most of the time the malfunction is due to hormonal changes, which is why teenagers are affected more than anyone by acne. Teens undergo a phase of major physical changes and are therefore subject to major hormonal changes as well.  Puberty requires! Environmental factors may also trigger acne, such as working near some industrial chemicals. Repetitive friction on the skin can also cause acne (sling of a backpack, brace).

In the adolescence, androgens which are hormones found in men and women, are almost invariably over-active. They are present in in the blood in large quantities. The sebaceous glands, which produce natural oil called sebum, are sensitive to this hormone and therefore stimulated to produce more sebum than necessary. The sebaceous glands are located just below the surface of the skin. The sebum moisturizes and protects the skin against external aggressions but produced in large quantities it eventually traps within the hair follicles and the pores of the skin pores bacteria and rubbles from dead cells. The immune system then reacts by producing inflammation displayed by a pimple.

Since the sebaceous glands, pores and hair follicles can be found on the entire body, acne can occur anywhere.  Generally though, the face, back, shoulders and neck are the most frequently affected areas. Acne affecting the back is often more severe than that found on the face. Acne on the back is often takes the form of large lesions, and even painful cysts. This is partly because the skin of the back is thicker than the skin of the face so the healing products don’t reach the bottom of the pores and hair follicles as easily. There is also the fact that this part of the body is covered with clothes, which can rub and cause irritation, opening the way for bacteria and can cause even more damage.

The first step in curing body acne is to avoid wearing tight clothes, or heavy items such as backpacks with straps that repeatedly rub against the skin. Of course, always wearing clean cloths is essential. It is easier to treat body acne than to prevent it. Many people suffer from body acne during their lives. The same products recommended for the treatment of facial acne  can be used. Products made from benzoyl peroxide are usually quite effective. As mentioned above, since the skin of the back is thicker than the facial skin, it sometimes takes longer to see results.  Sometimes a stronger treatment prescribed by a dermatologist is necessary to overcome the pimples.  It may even happen that the use of antibiotics proves necessary to control the infection. When the OTC products produce none or few results, then it’s time to see you physician or dermatologist.

Some severe cases of body acne can be partly explained by genetics. The individual can then be predisposed to have this type of acne. No serious study directly links acne to a poor diet.  Greasy foods, sugary or acid ones, are not sufficient to cause the pimples but it’s a known fact that a beautiful skin is the result of healthy food, drinking plenty of water and exercise regularly. To help treat acne, adopting a healthy lifestyle is definitely a plus. Although sweat and dirt alone do not cause acne, good hygiene is greatly recommended to have a beautiful skin.  Like in cases of facial acne, one suffering of body acne should avoid touching, scratching or puncturing the pimples.  To puncture or burst the acne pimples to extract the pus may cause a wound that will infect and leave scars. The mildest simple form of body acne will disappear with daily washing and the use of OTC products against acne. If the case is more severe (cystic acne for example), it is better to consult a professional who can prescribe the appropriate treatment.

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