Although acne is often perceived as a teenage issue, this painful and embarrassing condition can follow you your entire life. Those bulbous cystic zits, also called acne vulgaris, can appear on any part of the body. This is sometimes overlooked due to the visibility of facial acne.
Just like a large zit forming on your chin may be telling you it’s almost “that time of the month,” breakouts on other body parts in addition to being a nuisance, might mean that your body is trying to tell you something about your lifestyle.
Here is a helpful “zit cheat sheet” that will help you decipher the signals your organism is sending you. If any of these ring true, it may be time to make some changes.
Back acne, or ‘bacne’ as it is affectionately called, is the curse of the swimsuit season. Even if you have a ripped summer body to show off, such unsightly blemishes will make all the working out seem pointless!
As with other parts of your body, acne that pops up on your back can come in many different forms, from small whiteheads to large cysts. The zits can appear for a variety of reasons, including using oil-based products – sunscreen, for example – drug abuse, backpack carrying or wearing tight clothing.
To get rid of ‘bacne’ for good, start by focusing on changing your habits, then take a trip to your local drug store. Some sufferers report that products containing salicylic acid do a good job at taking care of the condition.
Although less problematic due to being hidden by hair, it is hard to deny these sneaky blemishes are annoying and, above all, painful!
Experts believe that acne on the scalp is caused by skin sensitivities to hair products, heat, or dandruff. This last culprit affects the oil production in this part of the body, sometimes causing the formation of bumps.
To get rid of them altogether, focus on using products that are labeled ‘non-comedogenic,’ and stick with a gentle, anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner.
Like the scalp, this is another area that we don’t always pay too much attention to, even though suffering from zits on the behind is anything but pleasant!
Acne on the buttocks usually pops up during warm, humid months, and can be caused by the moisture trapped between tight layers of clothing. As with all forms of acne, the root cause could be using oil-based products or even laundry detergent that contains allergens.
Start by wearing looser underwear that will leave the skin breathing; this should help create more air flow and reduce sweat.