Facial acne is challenging enough — but with so much focus on products that address clogged pores, at the very least it's easy to seek out solutions for it. But when it comes to how to get rid of body acne, it takes a bit more research into ingredients and formulas that really can make a difference. Don't have all that time on your hands? No worries — we've got your back (and your bacne and butt acne and all other forms of body acne out there).
The most important step to take before investing in products that treat body acne is making sure it contains topnotch ingredients that have been proven effective at unclogging pores and healing blemishes. If you have mild acne on your body, sulfur is a fantastic natural ingredient that inhibits the growth of bacteria and is usually gentle enough for sensitive skin types. But, if you suffer from hormonal acne or more severe breakouts, you may need to pull out the big guns — salicylic acid and glycolic acid can work like a charm — just be sure to start off slowly so that you can monitor how your skin reacts to these stronger ingredients.
Body acne is a totally normal, super common skin issue — but you can combat it and these 11 great products can help.
1. A Spray-On Body Peel For Softer Skin & Fewer Pimples
There are certain areas on our bodies where dry skin tends to accumulate and where it's a little more difficult to remove it — the back of your neck, elbow, and under your arms, for example. This mineral peel body spray has aloe, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, and Omega 3 — all of which help shed dead skin cells and buildup so that your pores are cleaner and skin is softer, smoother, and appears healthier and more radiant.
2. An Organic Tea Tree Oil Soap With Essential Oils & Plant Extracts
Great skin care starts with a cleanser that can eliminate dirt and debris from pores without stripping your skin of its natural oils. This organic tea tree oil cleanser kills fungus and bacteria that can cause acne and is described as "rich" and "foaming." It's also loaded with botanicals and essential oils like coconut and pomegranate oils, as well as Omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, which makes it perfect for sensitive and dry skin types.
3. An Exfoliating Body Lotion With Glycolic Acid That Won't Dry Out Your Skin
All skin types benefit from regular exfoliation, which removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores to prevent acne, but it can be tricky to find exfoliants that won't cause dryness or irritation. And that's where this body lotion exfoliant comes in: it contains 10 percent alpha hydroxy acids for gentle exfoliation, as well as hydrating antioxidants and Vitamin C, which brightens skin and helps heal acne scars.
4. A Charcoal Soap Bar With Shea Butter For Sensitive Skin
It's affordable, effective, and loaded with moisturizing, soothing ingredients like shea butter, lemongrass, and lavender: this charcoal soap bar can be used on your face and body to naturally kill bacteria and fungus and keep skin free of acne. It's free of parabens, sulfates, fragrances, dyes, and GMO's and is heavenly on all skin types, including sensitive skin.
5. A Salicylic Acid Body Spray That Reduces Redness And Unclogs Pores
Use this back and body acne spray daily on clean skin and you might find yourself among the many satisfied reviewers who experience less body acne, redness, and irritation — even in hard to reach spots like the back of legs and upper back. This spray contains two percent salicylic acid, which is known for kicking acne's butt, and is 100 percent fragrance free and non-irritating.
6. A Spot Treatment For Pimples That's Made From Bacteria-Killing Sulfur & Salicylic Acid
Got a few annoying blemishes that you want to zap off your body? Try this sulfur-based spot treatment, which has salicylic acid to help heal pimples, zinc to reduce redness and irritation, and sulfur to kill bacteria on the spot. Simply apply the ointment directly to a blemish and relief will come in no time, according to many happy reviewers.
7. An Antiseptic, Anti-Fungal 10 Percent Sulfur Soap Bar That Isn't Smelly
If you've ever used sulfur skincare products, you know they can be extremely effective in clearing up moderate acne and preventing new breakouts, but that the smell leaves something to be desired. This sulfur soap bar is great for your skin and your senses — it smells fresh, kills fungus and bacteria, and works into a rich, creamy lather that feels luxurious on skin.
8. An Activated Charcoal And Dead Sea Salt Scrub That Draws Out Impurities
Scrub away pore-clogging dirt, oil, and dead skin with this Dead Sea salt and activated charcoal scrub, which can be used on the body and face. The charcoal actually draws out impurities from deep within your pores, which means fewer blackheads and glowy skin that benefits from the healing properties of magnesium, calcium, sulfur, and zinc found in this highly rated scrub.
9. An Acne Clearing Lotion Made Specifically For Your Butt
Finally — an acne clearing lotion rich in alpha hydroxy acids and arnica and calendula (to soothe inflammation) that is made especially for your butt. Acne on your rear is a special kind of pain in the rear, which is why it's nice to know this sulfate and fragrance free lotion, which can be applied daily, has worked for so many reviewers, who say it leaves your butt smooth and pimple-free in as little as a few weeks.
10. A Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser That Brightens Skin
With 2.5 percent glycolic acid, willow bark, and jojoba oil beads, this exfoliating cleanser goes a long way toward ridding your body of dead skin and excess sebum, but it does so while delivering skin brightening and moisturizing ingredients like kojic acid, rose hip oil, and tea tree oil. This is the perfect gentle wash to keep acne in check.
11. A Natural 4-In-1 Clay & Sugar Acne Treatment
Why settle for one body and face acne treatment when you can rely on this four-in-one acne treatment that transforms from a wash to an exfoliating scrub, to a wash-off mask, to a spot treatment? The key ingredients here include bentonite and Rhassoul clays, which draw out dirt and oil, crystallized sugar for exfoliation, and grapefruit and lime essentials that balance your body's oils and hydrate without clogging pores.
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