Body Acne Causes And Treatment

{SCA}Body acne, just like facial acne, is a genetic disease. If your mother or father had body acne, chances are you’re likely to struggle with it yourself. Studies show us that most people with facial acne have some amount of body acne as well. Body acne develops in a similar way to facial acne. However, the skin on the body can be thicker than that on the face and often has larger pores, making for more severe acne lesions at times.

Acne can develop anywhere on the body except for the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. That is because these are the only two areas which do not have sebaceous follicles where acne is formed. So, if you’re wondering if the pus filled red marks on your arms, legs, buttocks, or elsewhere are acne, chances are they just might be. If you are unsure, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis.

Causes of body acne:

As with any type of acne, the exact cause of body acne remains unknown. However, we do know that irritation can make it worse. Anything that rubs against your skin can cause irritation. Damp, sweaty clothing combined with irritation tends to aggravate acne even further.

Avoiding irritation

  • Wear breathable cotton clothing when possible. If you get sweaty, try to change your clothing when you can.
  • Time your workouts so that you can shower and treat your skin using the Body Regimen afterward.
  • Generally try to be aware of what might be irritating your skin in areas where you break out regularly and make changes where you can.


Luckily there exist highly effective treatments for body acne. Treatment can be split into two categories:

1. Light to moderate cases

For lighter cases of body acne such as my own, gently cleansing the skin, allowing it to completely dry, and applying 10% alpha hydroxy acid works to keep me clear.

2. Moderate to severe cases

For more severe cases of body acne, a regimen consisting of gently cleansing the skin, applying 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and then applying 10% alpha hydroxy acid provides great results. Most cases of moderate to severe body acne can be brought under complete control this way.