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The Reasons Behind Your Body Acne, and How to Get Rid of It

Shreya Maji

5 min read

From clogged pores caused by not washing off shampoo properly to wearing tight clothes in humid weather, body acne can have many reasons behind it. We tell you all about them, and what you can do about it.

Your face is not the only place that can have sudden breakouts of pimples or blackheads. Acne can affect any part of your body that has oil-secreting glands or hair follicles, such as your upper back, chest, shoulders, upper arms and even your buttocks. Occurring alone or in combination with facial acne, these pimples are called body or truncal acne. “It has been seen that 50 percent people with facial acne have trunk involvement, and 3 percent had only body acne without facial acne,” says Dr Aanchal Panth, a Surat-based dermatologist with over ten years of experience.

If you are dealing with body acne and are bothered by it, know that you are not alone. According to a study published in European Neuropsychopharmacology in 2018, many people are embarrassed about their body acne and try to keep it covered all the time. You might feel self-conscious about wearing tank tops or putting on something with a low back or neckline. These feelings are completely normal. What’s more: body acne often goes unmentioned and untreated, even by people who are actively treating their facial acne, and this can lead to permanent marks or scarring. Although research on it is sparse, body acne is also treatable. If you are looking for the causes of acne and what you can do about it, we have some answers for you.

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