How to Naturally Treat Body Acne
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Back Acne Date Posted: October 29th, 2014 Comments: 0
Body Acne

Millions of teens and adults suffer from facial acne, but acne can also spread to the neck, chest, back, and arms. Aside from being embarrassing, body acne can be painful and difficult to eliminate, often leaving behind scarring and pitting. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, but these are often expensive and cause itching, redness, and irritation. End the body acne cycle without irritating your skin by employing a few safe, inexpensive, and natural treatments.

Homemade Cleanser

There are a number of acne body washes on the market that claim to be “all-natural” but this is hardly ever the whole truth. Instead of irritating your skin with salicylic acid or any other number of chemicals, create your own homemade acne body wash. Here’s how:

Combine 1/2 cup castor and 1/2 cup olive oil in a sealable jar or bottle. Because castor oil doesn’t have the most pleasant odor, add two to three drops of your favorite essential or fragrance oil.

Add 3 cups water and 1/4 cup mild baby shampoo. Replace the bottle’s cap and shake vigorously before applying your creation onto a loofah.

Use this homemade acne wash in conjunction with your everyday body cleanser. Concentrate on using the homemade product on your problem areas. It might seem strange to eliminate body acne with two types of oil, but both types dissolve the dirt, sebum, and bacteria that clogs your pores which cause unwanted acne.

Exfoliate

Sweat, dirt, bacteria, and excess body oils clog your pores and causing those annoying acne breakouts on your face, neck, back, and chest. An exfoliating treatment works by sloughing away dead skin cells which cause clogged pores otherwise, but a harsh treatment can cause the skin to be more irritated, causing more painful breakouts. A gentle, natural exfoliator will help clear your pores without causing further redness and irritation.

Combine 1/2 cup ground  raw oats (you can blend them in blender or food processor to make them granulated) and 1 tablespoon sea salt or table salt in a plastic container. Stir the ingredients together and add enough clean water to create a paste. If the scrub is too runny, aloe vera gel provides a thicker consistency and is also amazing for your skin.

Gently work the exfoliating treatment into your acne-prone skin during the shower. If the salt is too abrasive, remove it from the equation and replace it with granulated sugar which melts wonderfully into your skin leaving it hydrated and super soft.

Repeat scrubbing your back, arms or chest with the homemade exfoliating scrub at least three times per week. If irritation persists, contact your dermatologist for assistance.

Tea Tree Oil

Read the labels of many expensive, over-the-counter acne medications and you might notice the words “tea tree oil” on the ingredients list. According to the Mayo Clinic, several studies have found that tea tree oil is just as effective in treating mild to moderate acne as many prescription medications. The oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to parts of Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. To apply, simply wash the affected areas with a homemade or store-bought natural body wash. Dip a Q-tip or cotton ball into a pure coconut oil and tea tree oil mixture and work it over clean, dry skin. The oil acts as a natural astringent that clears out your pores and leaves behind a mild, pleasant fragrance. Less is more when it comes to tea tree oil. It is quite harsh on the skin which is why it’s important to dilute with coconut oil before applying. 1-2 drops of tea tree oil in the mixture is all that is needed for the face (avoiding the eye or mouth area) and 4-5 drops in the mixture for the whole body.

The Myth of Tanning Beds

Because facial and body acne is usually caused by the excess production of the skin’s natural oils (sebum), many falsely believe that drying out the skin through excessive sun exposure or tanning will help prevent future breakouts. This myth was fueled by the temporary relief in symptoms that many acne-sufferers experienced by tanning. However, in the long run, overexposure to UV radiation dries out the skin to the point where the body actually begins producing excess oils, which makes acne even worse. In addition, overexposure to UV rays also leads to premature aging and the formation of several potentially fatal types of melanoma, a common form of skin cancer.

There are a variety of acne home remedies for the face and body. Even though the products used to create many recipes are natural, this doesn’t mean skin irritation or an allergic reaction cannot occur. Make sure to test any product on a small patch of skin before applying to all affected parts of the body. If a reaction does occur, discontinue use and contact your dermatologist.

About the Author

Lindsay Schroeder

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Lindsay Schroeder, professional makeup artist and skincare guru, is the writer of all the content on Acne Skin Site. She has personally dealt with acne all throughout her 20’s and knows firsthand what anyone suffering with acne is going through. She has worked with thousands of clients that suffer with acne and has been able to encourage and educate them on how to get their skin on the road to recovery.

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