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There are few things that ruin a night out on the town like pink and red speckles all over your back, chest, or (worse) your butt. Back-ne, Butt-ne, and all the other cute blemish names covering Pinterest memes have made more than a few women want to keep the lights off during date night – and frankly, it’s time for that to end. SO, let’s talk getting rid of body acne for good. Side note, you won’t find boring clichés like “exfoliating” on this list.
Top 6 Ways to Get Rid of Body Acne
To get to the nitty gritty of eliminating your breakouts, we first need to look at what causes breakouts on the body. Everything from a few too many sweat sessions and less than luxurious laundry habits to hair growth patterns can cause this frustrating faux pas.
Clean Your Washer and Dryer and Sleep on Clean Sheets:While cold water keeps your dark's super noir, it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Once every other month or so, run your washer in a hot water cycle with no clothes in it. For extra anti-bacterial properties, add a bottle of vinegar. It may take a few washes to get the smell back to normal, but it will do WONDERS for your skin, and help kill your acne.
Use the Right Laundry Soap for Clean Skin:The way you wash your clothes has a huge impact on how clear (or unclear) your skin feels and looks. While your nose might love the added fragrance of Hawaiin Breeze laundry detergent, chances are that your skin isn’t quite as much of a fan. When it comes to your sheets, undergarments, and workout clothes, your best bet is to opt for a clean laundry soap. Whether you use something like “Dreft” to keep the clothes chemical free or you try an organic laundry soap, your skin will thank you for the extra few dollars a month by giving you clearer skin and killing acne. Check out ilikeweylie's solutions for how to resolved her back acne below.
The Best Way to Wash Your Booty for Skincare Beauty:The way you wash your body has just as much (if not more) to do with your skin quality than your laundry. Despite the warm and fuzzies you get from your Midnight Noir body-wash, your pores will thank you if you can do something a little less abrasive. For best results? Something purely anti-bacterial (like Dial) and an exfoliant are key to clear skin.
Trying to get rid of butt acne AND maintain a feminine smell? Use a sensitive feminine soap like “Summers Eve” after washing with your anti-bacterial.
Don’t Stop at the Shower, use a Toner:
Your booty beauty routine shouldn’t stop in the shower. One of the biggest keys to making over your skincare routine is a good toner! Because organic is always the safest, one way to tone your skin after a shower without causing more irritation is to apply witch hazel liberally to any acne affected areas after cleansing (and especially) after shaving.
Not only will this tighten and clear your skin, but it will prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps that account for the vast majority of skin issues below the belt. In general, high quality witch hazel can be safely applied anywhere on the surface of your body.
Beautify Post-Sweat Session:Believe it or not, sweating is surprisingly excellent for your skin. That said, failing to shower post sweat session can cause serious skin irritation. Even if you just rinse off, make sure you grab at LEAST a body shower after your workout. For on-the-go sessions when it’s not possible, you can use a toning spray to keep things clear. POPSugar recommends Etsy’s Oil Controlling Toning Mist (retails about $18) for best results.
Let Your Skin Breathe:
One of the last (but definitely not least) important habits you want to include in your skincare routine to get rid of the acne on your body is to give your body access to air. It’s time to break your habit of tossing on your clothes immediately post-shower, giving your hair follicles access to fresh air can prevent your pores from clogging and help dramatically with maintaining clean, clear skin. Bonus? It’s a great excuse to hang out naked for a while.
Skincare Hacks for Body Acne on Your Booty
Follow these tips with your booty skincare regimen for about a month, and you’ll probably see dramatic improvement in the look and feel of your skin. Not seeing the results you want? Dermatologist Dr. Monika Kiripolsky recommends tossing the loofah and using your hands instead; if you still see no improvement – it might be time to check in with your doctor.
We’re dying to know how YOU have been dealing with your body acne – share with us in the comments below what has worked and hasn’t and you could be entered to win free products!Ready for more anti-aging and body acne tips? Check out our post, Anti-Aging 101.