Buttne, boobne, backne... Summer skin decoded
Body acne isn't uncommon, but it can be annoying. If you're struggling this summer, here are a few tips from a skincare expert.
We've all earned a relaxing summer after enduring two years of an (albeit ongoing) pandemic, so it's no wonder why this is the busiest holiday season of the twenties! However, it's in no sun lover's interest to put on a bikini and discover an outbreak of pimples on their body! Butt, boob and back acne is far more common than you might think, but that doesn't make it less annoying - especially when you're keen on Instagramming your new 'kini and #SausageLegs by the pool.
Julia Marinkovich, UK representative for bestselling Korean brand, COSRX, is passionate about clear skin. Here, she spills the tea on what causes body acne, and how to transform your skin in time for your holiday.
BUTTNE: "Most bottom spots, also known as folliculitis, are caused by a build-up of bacteria due to sweat and moisture which gets stuck in the hair follicles. It's not a true form of acne that we would see on the face for example, rather a mild infection of the hair follicle that leads to red bumps and pus-filled pimples. This is of course more common in the warmer months, when we produce more sweat throughout the day. Hormones can also play a part, for example during a menstrual cycle, the hair follicles can become more sticky and prone to clogging."
BOOBNE: Julia says: "During the summer, our body produces more oil and we of course sweat more, so when you combine oil and sweat, well, it can result in acne. Unfortunately for those with breasts, this is one of the areas of the body that sweats most when it's hotter. This, combined with the extra use of sunscreen can cause breakouts around the breast and chest area."
BACKNE: Julia says: "Again, backne happens when sweat, oil, dead skin cells and bacteria get trapped in your skin's pores. This can be a very common area for breakouts in the summer, as backpacks, sweaty shirts or sports equipment can create friction on your back and worsen the issue."
Combat buttne, boobne and backne in 10 simple steps
1. Don't pop!
Popping pimples can lead to hyperpigmentation and scarring. Also, it makes it more likely that you'll lead more bacteria into your skin, causing more inflammation, making breakouts worse.
2. Wash right after exercise or excessive sweating.
Your sweat can dry over your pores, trapping dirt and dust which can leave spots. Use a product with benzoyl peroxide as this ingredient is effective in treating both acne and folliculitis because of its bacteria-busting properties." Try SBC Salicylic Body Wash, £29.50, Salicylic Body Wash | SBC Skincare | Vegan Friendly & Cruelty Free
3. Unclog Pores With BHAs.
You can also combat your body breakouts with am acid acne treatment. Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can help remove excess oils and exfoliate dead skin cells so they don't get trapped in your pores and follicles. Apply daily after you shower. Try the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, £25.99, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 100ml | Boots.
4. Use a gentle daily moisturiser.
It’s possible to have sensitive or dry skin and body acne since most of these breakouts pimples are caused by inflammation of the hair follicles and not excess oil. So, your should continue to moisturise. Just ensure you stay away from heavy formulas that can run the risk of further blocking pores. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Fluide, £28, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Fluid Multi-function nourishing Moisturiser 500ml - Boots
5. Combat dark spots with Glycolic Acid.
Glycolic acid fights acne by helping the skin shed dead skin cells and excess oil that clog pores. This can be layered with your BHA post shower. It also has the added benefit of brightening dark spots which are likely to develop after breakouts go away. COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, £21.95, COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid at BEAUTY BAY.
6. Remove excess hair, safely.
Shaving the wrong way can exacerbate irritation and can lead to infection and bumps. If you're conscious of unwanted hair on your breakout areas, try sugaring, which is far gentler and uses only natural ingredients that won't inflame the skin. Sugar Coated Full Body Hair Removal Kit, £14.99, Sugar Coated Full Body Hair Removal Kit 250ml - Feelunique.
7. Try loose fitting clothes.
Not only will you feel cooler in flowing fabrics such as cotton, but form-fitting clothes can cause friction against your skin but also trap sweat and oil, making them more likely to block follicles
8. Your holiday is a hot spot for spots.
A wet swimsuit can be a breeding ground for spots. As soon as you've had your dip in the sea or pool, swap into a beach dress or loose shorts.
9. Adapt at your diet.
Research has shown that foods high in fat, sugar, and dairy ingredients can raise the risk of adult acne. If you're experiencing regular breakouts, try to avoid foods such as milk chocolate, chips, and fizzy drinks.
10. If at-home solutions, and lifestyle changes aren't working, get an appointment with your GP.
They may prescribe a medical topical treatment, or oral antibiotics.