4 TIPS TO BANISH BODY BREAKOUTS STAT
C’mon, man. Breakouts on your face when you’re over thirty are already super ridiculous, but when you start seeing pimples on your body, though? Chile, bye. It’s like adding insult to an already aggravating situation, am I right? All is not lost though, because had I not experienced this, I wouldn’t have anything to share with you guys. Check out these tried-and-true remedies to zap breakouts on your body STAT!
# 1 - Ask Yourself if You Have Sensitive Skin
I know y’all are like, "girl what?" But seriously. Do you even know? If you don’t, simply do a patch test at home by applying a small amount of a product to the side of your neck, and let it sit for about 10 -15 minutes. The skin around the neck area is thinner and more absorbent than other parts of the body – and can reveal if your skin is able to tolerate certain ingredients. If you notice mild discoloration, itchiness, or a rash develops, save yourself a lot of drama and toss the dang ol’ thing. Let the church say amen for dodging a breakout bullet!
# 2 - Exfoliate Regularly
Similar to breakouts on the face, most acne occurs when dead skin cells are trapped underneath the surface of the skin. A surefire way to avoid clogged pores is through regular exfoliation. Not only does regular exfoliation increase healthy cell turnover, but you’ll reap the benefits of clearer and more radiant skin from head-to-toe. Try a body exfoliant that's grainy and non-drying. The Brown Sugar Body Polish from FRESH is a good one, or you can up the ante and opt for a wash that contains acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. Neutrogena's Body Clear Scrub is a great one. **A note of caution: If your breakouts are painful, cystic (deeply rooted in the skin) or are more persistent than you'd like, I would see a dermatologist for further examination and treatment.
# 3 - Treat the Breakout
Two of my favorite products on the market to treat body breakouts are from Murad Skincare: Acne Complex Acne Body Wash and the Clarifying Body Spray. The salicylic acid in both products leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed without a single trace of residue or stickiness. For those of you who are sensitive to perfumes, the Clarifying Body Spray does have a slight scent that reminds me of rubbing alcohol, but don’t trip because it only lasts for like a few seconds.
# 4 - Overhaul Your Personal Care Products
Sometimes it’s best to just start from scratch. I remember a new laundry detergent sent me all the way into a breakout frenzy, and I didn’t know it until I eliminated all of the new products on my shelf. Trust me, I know it’s not easy. I threw out soaps, dryer sheets, moisturizers, all of it, just because it wasn’t worth having a body that resembled a large pepperoni pizza from Domino's. So if all else fails, start from scratch with products that are specifically formulated for your unique skin type, or products that are formulated for sensitive skin.
Suffering from body breakouts – and have a remedy to share? Leave ‘em in the comments below!