Skin Care Tip of the Week *How to help prevent body acne*

Monday, April 16, 2012


With spring in full swing and summer just a few months away, maxi dresses and tank tops are bound to be making their way into your wardrobe. Having back and chest acne can be annoying and frustrating.

While each case of body acne can be triggered by something different, here are a few simple tips that can help keep the skin on your body clear.

Wear breathable cotton t-shirts to bed- If you are prone to back and chest acne it is very important that you let your skin breath at night.

Don't sit around in your sweaty workout clothes- If you are an avid gym goer, make sure you change your sports bra and gym shirt as soon as you can after working out. Leaving on your sweaty sports bra is a sure way to cause irritation and breakouts due to bacteria and perspiration not being washed off.

Use tea tree oil as a spot treatment/toner- Tea tree oil is awesome! It is an all natural topical treatment that can be used to treat acne. It not only kills the acne causing bacteria but it also reduces redness and inflammation. To read more about tee tree oil see this post.

Dry brush your skin- The dry brush technique helps to open blocked pores and exfoliate dead skin cells which can really help improve skin texture and appearance. This really needs a post all on its own (which I will eventually do). You always want to dry brush first thing in the morning before you take a shower. For each area of the body there is a different technique. For the back, start brushing at the base of your neck and brush down using fluid stokes down to your tailbone. For your chest, use fluid stokes and brush up. After brushing your skin, rinse off in the shower.

Use an anti-bacterial soap such as colloidal silver antibacterial soap- Colloidal silver soap is the best! I recently discovered this heaven sent soap after doing my own research for annoying pregnancy induced arm breakouts. Its anti-bacterial benefits are amazing and this has completely cleared up any congestion that was on my back and arms. I LOVE this stuff. It is pretty hard to find, but some specialty health food stores will carry it or you can order it online here.

Hope you find these little tips helpful and I hope you feel confident in showing off your shoulders and back this spring and summer.

19 comments:

Tales of a young mamma said...

This is awesome- I've luckily never had acne anywhere (minus several breakouts during this pregnancy!) but I'll have to have my husband do these because he def. get's bacne!

Tonia L said...

Thankfully I haven't had much of an issue with this but I have a couple of sister who have so I am going to pass this on to them. Thanks for the great tips...as always!

Michelle P said...

This is all good to know!

Anna @ IHOD said...

These are fantastic tips Lindsay! I need to get a dry brush. They are probably so helpful with keeping skin healthy all around!

Kate said...

great tips! I've been wanting to pick up a body brush, but never seem to get around to it...

Alexa said...

Oh Lindsay these are great. Such a good on idea on dry brushing. That had never occurred to me!

Lindsay said...

Great tips! I love tea tree oil, it is good for so many things. ;)

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Great post - thanks so much for sharing!! I have a body brush, I need to definitely use it more often! :)

Krysta said...

I have never even heard of a body brush! Where have I been?

Mariana said...

Great tips. Thanks! :)

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

Not a pretty subject, but useful to probably everybody. You're so knowledgeable. Always impresses me. :)

NatalieW. said...

This is so helpful! I own a body brush but have never used it because I don't know the proper way to use it. I'm looking forward to that post, too - thanks!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Okay I am going to have to buy some of this colloidal silver soap. I never, ever, ever had a single body blemish (my face was a different story) & then all the sudden last summer out of no where my back started breaking out. It was annoying! Thanks for your tips.

Sami said...

Question about tea tree oil.. have you ever used this on former insulin pump port sites? Does it help? Occasionally mine get a little irritated and leave little red scars. Not attractive. :(

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Sami- I use emu oil on my insulin port sites. It's pretty amazing stuff and I find that it heals the area so much faster than anything else that I have used! I highly recommend it.

Ami said...

great post! i want to try the tree oil!!
those chest acne can be pretty annoying...!

Jenny Taylor said...

Anytime I have a skincare issue I search your blog and find solutions!

I've always been prone to body breakouts, but could keep it relatively in control. Ever since I got pregnant, though, my upper back and shoulders have been so broken out! It's frustrating because I'm hot all the time and just want to walk around in shorts and tank tops, but I am too embarrassed to show my shoulders!

I'm going to get some tea tree oil and try it. Also, I'm ordering some colloidal silver soap! Thanks so much Lindsay!

Cindy Chen said...

Hi there! Love you skin care tips

Can I use the colloidal silver soap to clean my face too or is it too harsh?

Thanks!

Leimun said...

looking forward for your dry brush skin techniques post!

Thanks for great tips <3

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