Dr. Jegasothy Talks with Beauty in the Bag Writer Nancy Weinberg Simon on How to Treat and Prevent Body Acne


Dr. Jegasothy answers Nancy Weinberg Simon’s questions from Beauty in the Bag blog site about how to get rid of body acne. If you suffer from back, chest, or buttocks acne these tips on how to treat and prevent these unwanted blemishes from appearing on your body is for you! Read below the Q&A from the article:

“Why do some people get body acne while others don’t?

Dr. J: People who have a more oily skin type and are prone to facial acne are also more prone to body acne.

Is body acne different from acne that occurs on the face?

Dr. J: Body acne, like face acne, occurs when pores are clogged. However, sometimes you get bumps on the body that look like acne, but technically they are folliculitis, which occurs when hair follicles become inflamed and infected.

What are the top reasons that body acne is more prevalent in the summer months?

Dr. J: The combination of extra heat, humidity oil and sweat leads to body acne being more prevalent in the summer months. Everything from extra heat, oil, dirt, pore-clogging sunscreens and even hair products running down your back can lead to body breakouts. Tight-fitting clothes that trap heat or rub the skin, causing bacteria to spread, can also lead to breakouts.

We also tend to exercise more during summer months, particularly with high-intensity exercises like weight training and CrossFit to better sculpt our bodies. This raises cortisol levels, which in turn raises testosterone levels, leading to acne.

Should acne on the back, butt and chest be treated the same?

Dr. J: Acne all over the body can be treated the same. Take a shower daily with mild body cleanser containing salicylic acid, like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash. After working out, shower and change out of your tight workout attire. If you don’t have time to shower immediately, use a wipe containing salicylic acid, like Stridex pads or Proactiv Clear Zone Body Pads, which actually cuts through the sweat and helps prevent acne.

What otc products would you recommend to treat it? Please explain why you like these products.

Dr. J: As mentioned above, I like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, Proactiv Clear Zone Body Pads and Stridex pads. These products contain salicylic acid, which have oil-reducing properties, are easily accessible, and gentle enough for daily use. Pads in particular are small and easy to travel with.

What can be done in-office to treat body acne?

Dr. J: In-office treatments include oral antibiotics, oral contraceptives or Aldactone, and fruit-acid peels with salicylic acid and/or citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, pyruvic acid and glycolic acid can all be effective in terms of preventing clogging, keeping oil production to a minimum and reducing inflammation.

What would be a step by step regimen to treat existing body acne and prevent future occurrences?

Dr. J: The key is to prevent sweat and oil buildup from clogging pores.”

Click on the link below to read the full article and get Dr. Jegasothy’s step-by-step regimen on how to treat and prevent body acne. These expert tips will have your body glowing in the summer sun!




In this InStyle UK article by Marianne Mychaskiw, Dr. Jegasothy explains how sleeping too much or too little affects your skin. The amount of sleep one should get depends on your age. Dr. Jegasothy suggests 8-9 hours of sleep for teenagers, 7-8 hours for young adults, and 5-7 hours is common for older adults. To know more about how to get the best beauty sleep read the complete article by clicking the link below!


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