How To Get Rid Of Body Acne
How To Get Rid Of Body Acne
Be patient with body acne, advises London-based natural skincare expert and clinical nutritionist Claudia Louch. Watch this video as she takes you through a list of natural skincare options that are useful in treating body acne, highlighting the care and the side effects associated with each one.
You have to be patient. There is no quick fix with body acne. Now, you can go to your doctor and talk about the options.
The doctor can offer you a variety of antibiotics. However, they should be only a treatment for a short period of time. They should not be used for a very long period of time because antibiotics can have a long lasting effect on your body.
The other options would be, for example, a retinoid. Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives and they come in two forms. One is a topical retinoid, which can be applied directly on to the body acne regions.
You have to use it carefully, you have to have it prescribed by your doctor because it can actually cause skin irritations. The other thing is an internal retinoid and many of you probably know it. It's called Roaccutane.
However, it has to be monitored by a doctor, your liver function has to be taken, and the other thing is it actually may lead to dry skin. Also, in the long term, you have to wear some protection, quite strong SPF. I would suggest SPF50.
And if you are a woman, you cannot become pregnant whilst on medication and at least for a year after as well. You could, for example, go to the pharmacy and ask for BPO, that's Benzoyl Peroxide. Benzoyl Peroxide is a substance which releases the free radical oxygen into your skin into the follicle.
Now, if you have body acne, what you would do is just take a little bit of the BPO out of the jar and apply it directly on the spots. Now, BPO comes in various strengths from 1% to 10%. 1 is the lowest and 10% is the highest.
So always start with the lowest percentage of BPO and apply very, very small amounts of BPO directly on the spots because it can lead to skin irritation. The other option is salicylic acid. You won't get that one over the counter; you would have to go to your GP.
It's an external treatment; it can be applied directly onto the spots. More natural treatment forms are available as well. I, for example, prefer willow bark extract.
Again, that's an external treatment which you can apply directly onto your spots. But it's actually the whole regime, which is very important as well, if you want to look at a natural regime. If you have to look after your diet, look at A more, a low fat diet and a low sugar diet.
The other thing is you could take some supplements as well, which are based on Zinc, Selenium, B5 and B6, for example, and have some fish oil as an anti-inflammatory which is a good idea as well. But always wash your hand before touching your spots because we all have bacteria in our hand and you will actually make the spots worse. Don't use very harsh body washes because they dry out your skin superficially and your skin can break down and become more prone towards infections.
So, use a gentle body wash, ideally a creamy body wash, but water-based, not a fatty based, and you can actually apply a toner onto your skin, an antiseptic toner. There are some very good plant-based products you could use, such as CRO for example or a tea tree toner and then you could apply either the willow bark cream directly onto the spots and then use a moisturizer. And that's how to get rid of body acne. .