Body Acne: Why?

Some people get acne on the body, such as on the chest, arms, back (“bacne”), posterior (“butt-ne”), and thighs. Acne on the body can be less of a pain because it’s easier to hide than acne on the face. If you have both, it can be doubly (triply!) frustrating.

Some common causes of body acne:

  • Body acne can be simply clogged and irritated pores due to comedogens or allergens in products applied on or near the skin. Note that allergens and irritants don’t clog pores the way comedogens do but can irritated them, resulting in infection.
  • Certain drugs, vitamins or nutritional supplements can cause body acne.
  • Steroidal acne can occur on the body.
  • Body acne can be a condition called pityrosporum folliculitis (PF) or “sweat acne.” If it is PF, traditional antibiotics won’t work because pityrosporum is a fungus. We all have pityrosporum living naturally on our skins, in a healthy balance with other microorganisms. If you tend to wash your skin with a lot of antiseptics or antimicrobials, or have taken antibiotics so that the population of the natural bacteria has been depleted, pityrosporum can go a little haywire. Pityrosporum also feeds on sweat. If you happen to be really sweaty or highly active, this fungus can go on a feeding frenzy, overpopulate, and clog pores.
  • Other conditions can be mistaken for acne, such as keratosis pilaris (bumps on the arms). KP requires very different therapy so make sure you get the right diagnosis.

How to clear body acne?

  • Avoidance can help! Steer clear of comedogens and allergens in ALL products that you use on your skin: makeup, skincare…even products not normally associated with the skin such as hair care.
  • A simple regimen formulated for both face and body acne like Id Clarifying System can tackle multiple types of acne from head to toe.
  • Ask your doctor if your medication or vitamins could be acnegenic, and if alternatives might work for you. As always, do not stop or change your medication without your doctor’s clearance.
  • If you notice acne on sweaty areas like the chest, back, thighs, or posterior, consider a product with monolaurin like Id Monolaurin Gel to clear the bumps.
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Your Sweat Acne Could Be A Fungal Condition

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There are many types of acne

…and knowing which acne you have can make a huge difference in how you treat it.

Acne can be comedonal (almost always externally caused), cystic (large, inflamed, almost always internally caused)…or fungal (tiny bumps that appear en masse, almost like a rash).

While you may have other types of acne, too (ask a dermatologist for a more accurate diagnosis), sweat acne can be a fungal condition called pityrosporum folliculitis.

Our skins normally have a happy balance between different types of naturally-occurring micro-organisms. Pityrosporum likes to feed on sweat (we know, lovely)…so when sweat is on overdrive, this fungus can go a little nuts and clog pores. Unsurprisingly, pityrosporum folliculitis tends to appear sweaty areas like the back, butt, backs of the arms, and thighs.

Because it’s fungal, typical anti-acne antibiotics won’t work. Normal anti-fungals used to clear it can also be ineffective if the sweatiness isn’t controlled. For more sustained clarity, try an anti-fungal treatment that also helps control sweat, such as Id Monolaurin Gel.

To learn more about some of the different types of acne, check out: Acne: What To Know



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