While the warmer weather in the upcoming summer months is a source of excitement for many, it can also be a cause of stress for some.
“I’m someone who loves summer and the heat,”Allure Magazine Editor Sophia Panych said in an article. “What I don’t love, however, is the back and chest acne that can come with all of that. Every summer, after six months of being zit-free, I break out like crazy on my body.”
And surely, Panych isn’t the only one dealing with these pesky spots. Unbeknownst to many, a large number of people suffer from some sort of body acne – it’s just harder to tell because we have clothing to cover these problem areas. So what do we do when our summer clothes get more and more revealing?
Why does body acne occur?
“If you’re prone to breakouts on your face, you’re equally prone to getting blemishes on your back,” NYC Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman said in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
Acne usually forms as the hair follicles become clogged with dead skin, oil, sweat and other impurities, which all tend to be produced more during the hotter summer months.
Because the skin on our backs and chests are thicker than the face, the regenerative cycle and healing process is much slower than that of the face. This is why taking preventive measures is key when it comes to body acne.
A shower a day keeps the bacne at bay
While for most, showering once a day can be a hassle, it’s important to note that failing to shower before going to bed means that your body is left to lie for hours at a time in the oil, dirt, and bacteria that accumulated throughout the day. This right here creates the optimal environment for clogged pores, and therefore, breakouts.
A key step: exfoliating.
Sure, the frequency of our showers is definitely important. But going a step further, let’s think quality.
A good exfoliating session is a must-have for those dealing with body acne as it encourages skin renewal, while allowing the body’s skin cells to resurface and refresh because the pores are given a chance to breath as the layer of grime and dead skin is removed.
Scrub sparingly and with a light hand, however, as over scrubbing can redden and inflame your acne to become more visible.
Introducing the Natural Body Glow Nutshell Scrub
Because loofahs and shower puffs can accumulate and breed bacteria, opt for gentle, nourishing body scrubs like the Jungle Botanics Natural Body Glow Nutshell Scrub.
Its biodegradable, 100% walnut shell granules are finely round-ground to provide maximum effectiveness when exfoliating, while staying gentle to the skin and earth. Its porous granules attract dead skin to the surface rather than forcing you to vigorously scrub them off, which ends up overdrying the skin, which then causes the skin to produce more oil, and therefore, more breakouts.
To combat this, its rich, unique blend of ten essential oils – which includes but is not limited to: argan oil, sea buckthorn oil and avocado oil – works deep in the skin to moisturize and nourish while cleansing the skin, to give you naturally smooth, radiant skin.
So in short, remember this: a shower a day keeps the bacne at bay. A little bit of effort everyday, with the right product of course, can be a leap towards brighter and more luminous skin this summer.