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Acne on my back: Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

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Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million people annually, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And it doesn’t discriminate — anyone can get acne at any age. Severe acne, which can appear on both the face and the body, can also lead to scarring and even depression in some people.

When it comes to body acne treatment and prevention, washes are often a first-line measure as they are inexpensive, readily available, and perfect for at-home use. But just how do you know which one is the best?

When shopping for the best body wash to keep acne at bay, it’s important to remember that not all products are created equal. 

What to Look for in an Acne Wash

  • Active Ingredients Sandy Skotnicki, MD, founder of Toronto’s Bay Dermatology Centre and author of the skincare book Beyond Soap, says people should look for body washes that contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. “The best for body acne is benzoyl peroxide,” says Dr. Skotnicki. “Just make sure you wash it off well with a face cloth, or it can bleach your towels and even sheets.”
  • Formulated for Body Skotnicki says that, in general, body and face washes for acne should not be interchanged. “The ingredient concentrations are regulated differently. Companies can use higher concentrations of detergents for body,” says Skotnicki. “Typical benzoyl peroxide washes for face are around two percent to five percent and body washes for acne are often around 10 percent.”
  • Avoid Too Many Products Skotnicki also says that people who use acne medication — either over-the-counter or prescription — should not use an acne wash. “The combination of both is too much, and often dries the skin out,” she says.
  • Fragrance-Free Another recommendation is to use products without any added fragrance that could irritate sensitive skin. “Over-foaming cleansers with lots of bells and whistles like lovely smelling orange blossom, for example, are not necessary, and are just satisfying consumer need for something different or fun,” says Skotnicki. “Fragrances both natural and synthetic can lead to irritations. This includes botanical or plant-based fragrance.”
  • Non-Comedogenic Other ingredients to look for include oils that can help to moisturize skin — but make sure the package says non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.

If you’re looking to treat “bacne,” try these options.

Bioderma Micellar Cleanser

How to Exfoliate Your Body and Lips

Newsflash: Exfoliation is not just for your face. Dead skin cells can and do build up all over your body. So if you want to avoid thick cracked heels, bumpy upper arms, or, yes, those cringe-worthy ingrown hairs on your butt, make sure you’re also exfoliating below the neck.

1. Lips

We know they live on the face, but your lips are often forgotten when it comes to exfoliation. Dry, peeling skin flakes and lipstick that looks clumpy are two common cosmetic hazards of unexfoliated lips.

Try This: Dr. Cindy Bae, a dermatologist in New York City, recommends using a soft toothbrush to make small circular motions to get the job done. Just don’t be overly aggressive, as the skin on your lips is thin and easily irritated. For a fun summery alternative, the next time you drink a margarita, take the sugar from the rim and rub a little on your lips to soften things up. If you aren’t into cocktails, Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($18, Ulta) will work. No matter your method, apply a thick lip balm right after exfoliating to hydrate and achieve the smoothest results.

2. Butt

Trapped, unexfoliated fine hairs, combined with the pressure or friction from activities like sitting in front of your computer, working out in tight clothes, or driving long distances can all lead to a bumpy butt. Dr. Deanne Robinson, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University, adds pimple prevention to the list of butt exfoliation benefits.

Try This: A few times a week, put on some body exfoliating bath gloves while in the shower and wash with a gentle cleanser, such as Dove. The combo is a great way to loosen up hairs and even out texture.

3. Arms

Bumpy chicken skin? No thanks. Keratosis pilaris (KP), the scientific name for those annoying bumps on your upper arms or thighs, is a genetic thing — autosomal dominant, to be exact, which means you have your mom or dad to thank for it. Forty percent of us have it and most want to get rid of it.

Try This: Over-exfoliation can cause your arm to look like a hot mess if you have KP, as it can leave you with red blotchy skin all over. Instead of harsh mechanical exfoliants like loofahs, try exfoliating lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids to smooth out the skin. The over-the-counter lotion Lac Hydrin ($15, CVS) is a favorite among dermatologists.

4. Legs

Each time you use a razor, the hairs and skin on your legs are in a prime position to become inflamed. Sometimes you’re lucky and sometimes you aren’t. And using an exfoliating shave gel can be the permanent solution to ending that oh-so bothersome, razor bump situation.

Try This: When you shave, use a 1- to 2-blade razor — those drugstore brands with a bazillion blades are terrible for your skin, as they can create trauma to the hair follicle, leaving it more likely to get red and irritated. Another tip: Go with the grain of the hair, not against it. Also, you can use a glycolic wash — Glytone Mild Gel Wash ($32, Dermstore) is a great choice — instead of shaving cream for a smoother shave.

5. Heels

As you gear up for summer, it’s often evident that your heels have taken the biggest hit during a long winter. “But routinely exfoliating your feet and heels can prevent skin buildup and painful cracks or fissures,” says Robinson.

Try This: Before hitting the sack, lube up with a urea-based cream to help thin out thick skin. Ask your local pharmacist to guide you toward any generic brand in the drugstore. For added oomph, put on a pair socks over it to ensure you’ll wake up with silky, sandal-ready feet. (This works great for the elbows too — minus the socks, of course.) Better yet, next time you’re hanging at the beach, take a handful of sand plus a bit of ocean water and massage away your dead skin — this DIY trick can work wonders.

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12 Best Collagen-Rich Foods – Foods High in Collagen


Many of us are looking for that perfect anti-aging skin care routine. We use all sorts of face washes, creams, and supplements in the morning — maybe a night mask or a serum before bed. We go to spas or treatment centers to get acid peels, or use makeup to cover up the wrinkles we don’t like.

While there’s nothing wrong with any of this, you might find that all of these treatments are creating a deeper hole in your wallet than you’d like.T he good news is, you can save a buck by eating foods that help the body produce its natural anti-aging protein: collagen.

“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body,” explains Marisa Moore, RDN, LD. “It is present in skin, muscle, bone, and connective tissues and plays a key role in joint health and maintaining supple skin and elasticity.” As we get older, our body produces less collagen, she adds.

But the speed of that aging process is different for everyone. “How quickly we lose collagen varies with several factors including the environment and genetics,” she says.

So to make sure you’re giving your body the ingredients it needs to keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy and glowing, here are the 12 biggest collagen-rich foods that can help.

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Fish (with the Skin!)

Next time you’re eating a salmon dinner, you might want to leave the skin on, suggests Moore. Fish, in general, is already a great option as it’s rich in the amino acids needed to produce collagen. But ever wonder why a fish’s skin is so smooth after you remove the scales? That’s because there’s a high concentration of Type I collagen, which accounts for the majority of collagen in skin.


Red Bell Peppers

“Vitamin C is one of the primary nutrients involved in collagen synthesis,” says Moore, and red bell peppers are chockfull of it. This isn’t to hate on our green and yellow varieties, of course. Red peppers are just super ripe green peppers, while yellow peppers are somewhere in the middle. Each have vitamin C. But the older the pepper gets, the more vitamin C it contains, making the red ones even more useful for that collagen factory.



Tomatoes — especially sun-dried tomatoes — also contain high levels of the vitamin C needed for collagen production. They also contain antioxidant lycopene, which is known to protect skin from sun damage and collagen breakdown. Toss these in a salad or place them on top of your pasta to add a little tang to you plates. Grape tomatoes also make a healthy grab-and-go snack on their own.



Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries … all of them contain a great dose of vitamin C that’s works wonders on the skin. They also have ellagic acid which fights against UV ray damage, according to research.



If you’re about to bite into a burger or sink your teeth into a juicy steak, know that piece of meat is high in zinc. Zinc is one of the essential ingredients to collagen production, says Moore. What’s more, beef contains three of the amino acids that make up collagen: glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline.


Citrus Fruits

Here’s another fun fact about vitamin C: this nutrient is what helps link amino acids during collagen production. People often consider citrus fruits to be the kings and queens of vitamin C. But other fruits and veggies have been found to carry more. Still, one medium-sized orange has about 70 mg of vitamin C. That’s respectable considering the recommended daily value for an adult woman is 75 milligrams.



Scramble ’em. Fry ’em, Boil ’em. Just remember to keep the yolk. That gooey yellow center contains collagen that will help keep your hair nice and shiny. The egg whites also carry the animo acids needed to make collagen.


Dark Leafy Greens

Greens like spinach, kale, collard greens, and rainbow chard are known for carrying all sorts of nutrients — including that oh-so-desirable vitamin C. But the nutrient that makes these veggies green is just as important to keeping your skin healthy. Chlorophyll, the source of the pigment, may increase the amount of procollagen (the precursor to collagen).



Like beef and fish, chicken has all of the animo acids required to make collagen. In general, if you’re a meat eater who eats a balanced plate of protein and vegetables, you’re probably giving your skin a good dose of what it needs to stay as smooth as possible.



Legumes contain many minerals and proteins that will help your skin. Chickpeas are especially great for collagen synthesis because they are rich in zinc and vitamin C.



Once you read this, you might find yourself casually slurping these at home on the couch instead of waiting for that rare occasion you go out for oysters and cocktails with your friends. Oysters contain high levels of copper which, according to Moore, is another mineral that helps us to create collagen.

Adele Jackson-Gibson
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Adele Jackson-Gibson is a certified fitness coach, model, and writer based in Brooklyn.

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How to Banish Back and Chest Acne – Treatments for Body Acne

I’m someone who loves summer and the heat. I love getting extra sweaty at SoulCycle. I love hanging out at the beach (covered in sunscreen, of course). What I don’t love, however, is the back and chest acne that can come with all of that. Every summer, after six months of being zit-free, I break out like crazy on my body. And I know I’m not the only one. That’s why I asked New York–based dermatologist Valerie Goldburt how to get rid of my embarrassing bacne (and chest-ne?) once and for all.

So what gives? Why do I only get body acne in the summer?

“During the summer, your body produces more oil and you sweat more, so when you combine oil and sweat, well, you get acne. Then there’s sunscreen. Sunscreen is great, and it is nonnegotiable in the summer, but it can cause breakouts, especially since you’re wearing more of it. You’re not alone, though. I definitely see a lot more patients for body acne during the summer months.”

Is it the same as the acne on my face?

“The breakouts on your chest and back tend to be a little different than the acne on your face. They’re technically called folliculitis, which is when the hair follicle becomes infected. However, it looks the same as facial acne and can be treated with the same products and ingredients. In some cases, it can actually be rosacea triggered by coffee or dairy, but it isn’t that common on the chest and back.

So tell me, how do I get rid of it?

“First, you want to shower as quickly as possible when you get back from the gym or the beach. You’re rinsing off all the oil, sweat, and sunscreen that can build up around the hair follicles. And use a gentle body wash that contains salicylic acid. Also, use it consistently. If you use a salicylic acid body wash every day, it helps reduce inflammation and unclog pores.” We like the exfoliating Murad Acne Body Wash.

“Sure, but make sure it contains salicylic acid and not benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is fine for treating breakouts on the face, but I don’t recommend it for the body because it tends to bleach fabrics. I’ve had a lot of patients come in complaining of tie-dyed sheets and spotted shirts. You can also use a spot treatment or gel on your chest and back. I really like Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel. I find it very, very effective at spot treating blemishes on the face and on the body. And if none of that works, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. There are medications and wipes that we can prescribe to help treat more serious cases of body acne.”

“I get nervous about exfoliating with grainy scrubs, because people tend to be too rough. If you scrub too vigorously, you end up overdrying the skin, which causes the skin produce more oil, subsequently causing more breakouts. Also, the skin on your chest is extremely thin and can scar easily if you accidentally remove the skin — which I’ve seen patients do. What I do recommend, and what I actually do myself, is use a shower puff once a week with the salicylic acid wash. I use a soft scrubbing motion over my chest and back, and when I’m out of the shower, I immediately wash the pouf since they are hotbeds for bacteria growth.” Try this $3 version from The Body Shop.

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15 Best Products for Bacne


Bacne (ya know, acne on your back and shoulders) might not seem as annoying as acne on your chest or face because it’s not as visible, but unless you’re incredibly flexible, bacne can be even more frustrating to treat. And the tricky location isn’t the only thing that makes the treatment of back acne unique: According to board-certified dermatologist Morgan Rabach, MD, cofounder of LM Medical in NYC, the tips for how to get rid of bacne are a little different, too.

First of all, the skin on your back is much thicker than the skin on your face, which means you can use more active ingredients (think: acids, retinoids, exfoliators, etc.) to clear up the spots. And second, because the skin on your back doesn’t see as much sunlight as other parts of your body, you can use ingredients that make your skin sensitive to the sun without stressing as much about potential sunburns and irritation. At least treating back breakouts isn’t as bad as you thought, right? But before we jump into the best products for bacne (don’t worry! We’ll get there!), let’s back it up a bit and figure out why you’re getting breakouts on your back in the first place.

Why am I getting acne on my back?

Genetics, some medications, hormones, overall increased oil production that clogs the pores—the causes of back acne are the same as the causes of acne that you find on your face. But one additional factor that plays a huge role in the kind you find on your back, as Dr. Rabach points out, is sweat. “I also see a lot of people with sweat-induced acne from exercising and staying in sweaty clothes,” Dr. Rabach explains. If that sounds like you, try changing out of any damp clothes as soon as you finish working out, and see if that helps reduce your zit frequency. If not, keep reading!

How do you get rid of back acne fast?

Making an appointment with your dermatologist would be the most effective approach to treating your back breakouts, but if you have a mild or moderate case, a few at-home or over-the-counter treatments could help, too. To prevent future breakouts from happening, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to your lifestyle choices that could be causing your back acne. But if you’re currently dealing with it, you’ll also want to incorporate a few of the best products for bacne into your daily routine. Scroll below to find out how to get rid of bacne with the right formulas and tips (no contortion skills required).

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A Salicylic Acid Body Wash

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash

First on the list of Dr. Rabach’s favorite over-the-counter products for getting rid of back acne? Certain cleansers or body washes that contain salicylic acid. A fave acne ingredient, salicylic acid (aka BHA) helps reduce oil production (remember, an increase in oil clogs the pores, which leads to breakouts, yadda yadda). This classic cleansing formula uses 2 percent salicylic acid and is one you’ll want to stock up on because *spoiler* you’ll want to be showering more frequently, too. Keep reading.


A Benzoyl Peroxide Wash

PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash

Another daily body wash worth trying, this formula features the other favorite acne ingredient: benzoyl peroxide. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which means it’s great for killing acne-causing bacteria and calming angry red pimples. If that sounds like your current situation, try this foaming wash with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, or start with a lower concentration of 2.5 or 5 percent to avoid irritation while still getting the job done.


A Chemical Exfoliator

AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

To slough off dead skin that could be contributing to your problem,  Dr. Rabach recommends exfoliating at least once a week. Because the skin on your back is much thicker than that on your face, Dr. Rabach says a scrub would be okay to use on this area, but if you’d prefer something gentler, this exfoliating moisturizer uses an AHA called lactic acid to get rid of dead skin without any harsh scrubbies.


An Oil-Free Sunscreen

Specific Beauty Active Brightening Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Although, as Dr. Rabach pointed out, your back doesn’t see the light of day as frequently as your face, you’ll still want to slather on the sunblock anytime you’re in the sun to prevent it from damaging your skin, making your back breakouts worse, and causing lingering acne scars. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is oil-free so you don’t have to worry about causing more bacne while protecting your skin from the sun.


Cleansing Wipes

Cleanse by Lauren Napier La Rose Facial Cleansing Wipes 50 Pack

Gym time: great for relieving stress and clearing your mind, not so great for maintaining clear skin. Trapped sweat is another common culprit of a bacne breakout, but as long as you shower after each sweat session, you don’t have to choose between working out and a zit-free back. Can’t rinse off ASAP? Dr. Rabach suggests a quick after-the-gym wipe to remove sweat and oil before they clog your pores.


Reusable Cleansing Pads

Dermstore Collection Days of the Week Reusable Cleansing Pads

As another option for wipes, try these washable, reusable pads made of bamboo. Stick ’em in your gym bag, wet one down and use it to wipe away the sweat that gets trapped under your sports bra straps or tight-fitting workout tops until you can get home to shower. And don’t forget to wipe down in the front, too, if you’re also prone to getting chest acne from all that sweat. 


Breathable Clothing

Eleven by Venus Williams MVP Top In Black



Dr. Rabach says wearing breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics is another must to avoid causing bacne when working out or doing any particularly sweaty activity. This mesh top allows plenty of room for your back to breathe and the ties allow you to make all the adjustments you need for minimal friction. If you can’t shower or wipe down your body immediately after your workout, change out of your sweaty gym outfit and into a clean, dry shirt until you can.


Gentle Laundry Detergent

Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear Unscented

…and as soon as you’re done using that breathable workout top and wiping down with that reusable pad, throw everything in the wash ASAP. Dr. Rabach stresses the importance of washing your workout clothes after every single use (save the re-wearing for your jeans, K?!). But here’s one not-so-fun fact: The laundry detergent you use could be one surprising cause of your acne. If you’ve recently switched detergents and noticed more back breakouts, try picking up a tub of this dye- and fragrance-free formula made for sensitive skin.


Zit Stickers

ZitSticka Killa Kit 8 pack

Whatever you do, don’t pick!! If you need to stop those wandering hands from poking and popping, slap one of these pimple patches over the top to protect the area and give it time to heal. These stickers, in particular, come with cleansing swaps soaked in tea tree oil and salicylic acid so you can wipe down the area before covering it with a patch. The only downside to using one of these is how tricky it might be to apply it to some areas of your back, but if you’re able to reach your dirty fingers around and pick, you and I both know you’re able to apply one of these instead.


A Physical and Chemical Exfoliator

SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

For the face, derms generally prefer gentler chemical exfoliants (like salicylic acid or glycolic acid) to help dissolve dirt and oil in clogged pores and remove dead skin cells rather than a harsher physical one, which sloughs away the dead skin mechanically. But for the back, Dr. Rabach recommends exfoliating with a combination of both physical and chemical exfoliants, like this AHA/BHA scrub by SkinMedica. Just don’t overdo it! Being too aggressive can cause irritation and a weakened skin barrier.


A Salicylic Acid Spray

Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray

When your breakout is hard to see, and thus hard to treat, grab a medicated spray like this one by Paula’s Choice as a back acne treatment. The spray nozzle makes it easy to sufficiently cover the area so you don’t have to do that awkward, over-the-shoulder, elbow-twisting reach behind your back. And the formula, which contains acne-fighting salicylic acid to help reduce oil production and licorice root to calm irritation, soothes as it clears the skin.


Hair Clips for Showering

Beiny 6-Piece Plastic Nonslip Hair Clips

Products like masks and conditioners, while great for your hair, are often filled with pore-clogging ingredients that can wreak havoc on your skin. So while you allow the product time to soak into your hair, clip it up and off of your back. Then, thoroughly rinse your hair at the end of your shower and clip it up again to rinse off your back one more time before stepping out. After drying yourself off, slip on a towel or shirt to keep the area protected before letting down your damp hair.


A Benzoyl Peroxide Spot Treatment

Glytone Acne 3P Treatment Gel

Because benzoyl peroxide is so great at killing acne-causing bacteria, you’ll find it in lots of washes and topical creams, like this one with a 5 percent concentration—but there’s one small catch. Benzoyl peroxide is notorious for bleaching clothing, towels, and sheets, so Dr. Rabach generally recommends sticking with some of the other exfoliating ingredients mentioned. That said, if you’re willing to give it a shot, a spot treatment like this could be really helpful—just stick with white fabrics when using it.


A Retinoid

Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment

If your back acne looks more like a few big zits rather than a breakout over the entire area, Dr. Rabach suggests spot-treating with the over-the-counter retinoid Differin. Not only does the gel clear acne and stop breakouts from forming, but it also helps prevent the dreaded acne scarring that follows.


Oral Medication

If your bacne isn’t going away after trying any or all of the above, ask your dermatologist about a heavier-hitting solution. Dr. Rabach says back acne is most effectively treated with an oral medication like antibiotics, Accutane, spironolactone, or birth control. “Oral medications work best for back acne because it tends to be in the deeper layers of skin than facial acne and because it is difficult to really stick to a routine of cream application on the back,” Dr. Rabach says. Consult your doctor to see if any of these options are right for you.

Brooke Shunatona
Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Back acne: common causes and how to treat it

There’s tonnes of information out there on acne – after all, it’s one of the most common skin condition affecting teenagers and adults alike. But what about acne that occurs elsewhere on the body?

Back acne, or ‘bacne’ is more common than you might have thought. While it’s totally normal to experience back and body acne, especially during your teenage years, it can often cause more discomfort and embarrassment than facial acne due to the lack of information out there. Here, we discuss what bacne is, why it happens and how you can treat it.

What is back acne?

Back acne has the same characteristics of facial ance, including the appearance of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, red spots, oily skin and even scarring. The severity can vary from a spot here and there, to breaking out in larger areas. While it’s most common among boys in puberty, some people may experience it in their late 20s and even 30s! No matter your age, there is no shame in having acne and treatment is available.

What causes bacne?

Just like the pimples on your face, there are many causes of this common skin condition. Most often, acne occurs when the glands produce an excess of oil and dead skin cells that are not removed block the hair follicles.  Another common cause of bacne is an individual’s lifestyle habits, such as working out or having a labour intense job. Sweat that is left on the skin for too long can often lead to breakouts on the back and body.

How can I treat it?

Depending on the cause of your body breakouts, there are several ways to treat bacne. Firstly, it is recommended to start treating the affected body area with the same products and skincare routine that you would use for your face!

Cleanse the skin thoroughly with a cleanser containing ingredients like salicylic acid, such as the Balense Microdermal Gentle Cleanser. Combine this with the Balense Microdermal Cleansing Scrub once or twice a week to really remove any dead skin cells that might be blocking your pores.

If you’re someone who workouts out or generally sweats a lot, consider wearing loose-fitting clothing, especially during a workout, and always wash shortly after sweating.

If you’ve tried everything and your bacne persists, treatment with microdermabrasion can be an effective solution. Microdermabrasions aren’t just for the face and can be used on other areas such as the back to reduce and treat the occurrence of acne. Likewise, laser treatments can be used to target the scarring left from the condition.

If you would like more information on acne treatments and packages at Australian Skin Clinics, visit one of our experiences dermal technicians at your local clinic today.

How to Get Rid of Bacne Fast: 15 Dermatologist-Approved Tips

Want to know the secrets for how to get rid of bacne once and for all? Back acne is annoying at best and painful at worst, and almost everyone’s had it at some point or other, so you’re not alone! Bring on the tank tops and backless dresses, though, because we’re ready to fight back! We talked to top dermatologists and skin-care experts to find out how to get rid of bacne once and for all. Here, discover 15 expert tips for how to get rid of back acne.

1. Exfoliate Regularly

“Like the face, one’s upper torso and back have more sebaceous (oil-producing) glands than any other area of the body, which means it produces more of the skin’s natural oil, increasing the likelihood of developing body acne in these areas. Exfoliating on a regular basis is also important since the skin cells on the back may not slough off as efficiently as needed and that pile-up can aggravate acne,” says Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Try Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub, $9.49.

2. Wear Clothing That Breathes

“Any skin irritation (like sweat) can exacerbate outbreaks. It’s important to stay away from tight clothing to minimize friction, especially when perspiring. Certain materials, like those that absorb sweat from the skin, will also reduce irritation. Lighter colors and cotton are ideal, especially during workouts,” says Day.

3. Spot-Treat Bacne

Spot treatments and masks aren’t just for your face — they can be a targeted way to tackle bacne breakouts, too. Esthetician and skin-care expert Renée Rouleau recommends using a mask with ingredients like sulfur, camphor, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and clay, like her Rapid Response Detox Masque ($65.50). You can also use spot treatments that you would normally use on your face on your bod. For breakouts that are close to the surface, try Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion ($17) for an overnight fix. If your bacne is the cystic kind, Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst Treatment ($49.50) is a great option.

4. Use an Acne Spray to Hit Weird Angles on Your Back

Getting acne medication on your back can be tricky, but this simple spray can propel its treatment from any angle. Try Murad Clarifying Body Spray, $44.

5. Try Cleansing Pads

Even when you think you’ve gotten your body squeaky clean, one swipe of these cleansing pads can reveal trapped dirt and oil. The discs are saturated with salicylic acid, so they fight breakouts while cleansing. Get a pal to help you rub them on your back! Try Oxy Daily Defense Cleansing Pads, $12.45.

6. Shower Right After Working Out

One of the reasons bacne happens is because we’re busy being so awesome and healthy working up a sweat! “Breakouts on the back and body can be exacerbated by working out or sweating more,” explains Renée. Whenever possible, shower right after exercising to help remove sweat that may be irritating the skin and causing clogged pores on your back.

7. Use Specially Formulated Cleansers

Take advantage of cleansers made specifically to fight bacne, like the CeraVe Salicylic Acid Body Wash ($11.04). As the name suggests, this cleanser deposits salicylic acid wherever you need it most, leaving you feeling ultra-clean and helping you to fight acne all over your body. Another option is to use a benzoyl peroxide–laced wash, like PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash ($9.49).

If body washes are more your style, try Murad’s Acne Body Wash, $44. The trifecta of salicylic acid, green tea, and licorice root extract reduces redness, soothes inflammation, and unclogs pores. If you’re still not seeing results with OTC products, ask your dermatologist about prescription-strength washes, too.

8. Use a Cleansing Brush

Scrubbing your back seems basically impossible, until you try Clarisonic’s body brush — it deep cleans even tough skin around your upper shoulders. The extending handle allows you to easily get to hard-to-reach areas. Try the Clarisonic Mia Smart Deluxe Acne Prevention Kit, $169.

9. Don’t Let Conditioner Sit on Your Back

Sometimes how we wash our hair is to blame for bacne. When conditioner-coated hair sits directly on our backs, it seeps into the skin — and that can actually be the cause of back and body acne. So the answer to how to get rid of bacne might be as simple as clipping your hair up if you’re going to let a conditioner sit in it for a bit. It’s also important to keep it off your back after the shower, too. Even though you’ve rinsed, the freshly conditioned hair can irritate sensitive, acne-prone skin.

10. Don’t Pick at Zits on Your Back

As with regular acne, avoid picking any bacne or body acne. Just like with your face, picking acne on your body can spread bacteria and cause more pimples, as well as lead to scarring (and no one wants to deal with that).

11. Wash Your Sheets and Workout Gear Regularly

Sheets and recycled workout gear can be a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Make sure to wash your sheets frequently and avoid the temptation to re-wear your sports bra or tank for more than one sweat sesh.

12. Schedule a Back Facial

“As someone who has struggled with back acne during my teenage years, I am very familiar with this troubling condition,” says Renée. “While there are great things you can do for yourself at home, to get even better results, schedule an appointment to get a back treatment with a skin-care professional.” Unlike a DIY treatment, a back facial with a licensed esthetician will deep-clean clogged pores, as well as give a powerful, professional-strength exfoliation to boost the results of your home care.

13. Treat Acne From the Inside Out

“Back acne is a real challenge to treat,” says New York City–based board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman. For one thing, “the thickness of the dermis on the back is the thickest of anywhere on the body, so the penetration of products that you apply topically can only do so much,” she says.
If you have been following the above steps for treating bacne, and you’re still not seeing improvement, you might want to consult a derm who can prescribe oral antibiotics — and in even more severe cases, Accutane. “Some cases of back acne, particularly those with extreme cystic acne, may find that antibiotics are more powerful and may be needed to avoid long-term scarring,” adds Renée.

14. Incorporate Probiotics Into Your Diet and Skin-Care Routine

Whether you add fermented foods (which are naturally rich in probiotics) like kimchi, miso, yogurt, and kefir, or take a daily supplement, probiotics can boost the health of the skin’s microbiome. “Taking an oral probiotic daily really does help to not only reset the gastrointestinal flora, but can actually help the skin flora as well,” says Engelman. Luckily, probiotic supplements are readily available thanks to brands like Olly ($12.42)and Tula ($39), at a variety of price points.

15. Opt for Oil-Free Sunscreen

Last but not least on our list of solutions for how to get rid of back acne is switching out your sunscreen. Whenever you choose a sunscreen, opt for one that says “non-comedogenic.” That means the sunscreen is oil-free and specifically formulated not to block pores.

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How to get rid of acne on the back: reasons and responses

Katya Blinova was attacked by acne from her back. And we sent her to be treated by Dr. Sofia Bigvava at the Bellefontaine clinic.
Katya Blinova is a journalist and my friend. As much as I know her, as much as I know that she has acne on her back, while I have not seen a single pimple on her face. (And what a smile and bite! My dentist friends took it off specially for the edification of medical students and dental technicians :)) Why, admiring Katya’s bite, did not we take her back before? Honestly, it’s hard to say.On the one hand, the back is not a face, and you can live with it. On the other hand, we are all shoemakers without shoes. On the third – well, finally we did it, choosing a doctor and a clinic that is known for its know-how in the elimination of acne: dermatocosmetologist, candidate of medical sciences, Sofia Bigvava and Bellefontaine.

Katya wrote us the first part of her saga. Its end, we hope, will coincide with the final disappearance of acne from Katina’s back.

“It all started either in 8th or 9th grade.I broke my humerus. She and her upper back were sealed in plaster for a whole month. After everything was removed, acne appeared. On the face and back. The doctor said that this is normal for a transitional age and prescribed some kind of talker. Later there was darsonval, Clearasil, Safeguard, cleansing, masks, polyphepans, peels and much more. The face became human, and the surface of the back still resembled a lunar landscape. From lotions and lapping, the condition improved, but not for long. But from the sun – for a long time. But when I returned home from the sea, acne also returned.On my back they felt calm and well. I’m not surprised, by the way – it’s generally comfortable and fun with me. In general, I got used to it and we became friends.

The years passed.

A couple (or three?) Years ago, a friend said: “Go to TsNIKVI. If they don’t help there, they won’t help anywhere ”. At the center, the doctor prescribed tests and said for some reason that my skin would not be replaced with a new one. It’s a pity, otherwise I would have chosen like the Brazilian women, the color of cinnamon. The research results said that the body was fine. To eliminate acne, I was prescribed pills, vitamin E and a massage with warm cats.(Okay, the last item was missing :). Instead, they told me to look on the Internet about Roaccutane – the likelihood that this medicine was waiting for me was high. The doctor noticed that nothing more effective for treating acne has yet been invented, but there are nuances. They are called “side effects”. This is generally. After a course of Roaccutane, a person will be able to tell others the truth. The fact that he has the planet Shelezyak inside: no gas, no water, no vegetation, inhabited by robots. “Come on,” – I thought and relaxed.
The drugs I was prescribed before Roaccutane did not help.

I came to the Bellefontaine clinic without much hope, but still with a fair amount of curiosity. Suddenly, medicine has gone a long way in treating acne, and I don’t know.

“Do you really have acne?”, – the candidate of medical sciences, dermatocosmetologist and head of the clinic Sofia Bigvava asked incredulously. I turned my back and took off my shirt.

The doctor looked at my back, asked how long I had this disease, how I treated it, ordered the nurse to prepare me for injections and left the office.I sat on the couch with anesthetic cream on my back and worried. Why injections at once? Why haven’t they sent me blood tests? From a finger, from a vein, from a nose – general, hormonal, is that all? And why wasn’t they sent to the endocrinologist? How is it possible to cure acne in this way?

I remembered the guberman’s one:

It is boiling in me,
, then a spark splashes right into the powder;
send me, Lord, patience,
but only very, very quickly.

When the skin on her back was numb and Sofia returned, I asked her a thousand questions and this is what I found out.

My acne is not hormone or stomach related. I have a genetic history that happens when a parent has oily, porous skin. It is this organ that needs to be treated and tests are not needed in my case. The doctor read all this information instantly, looking at my back.
“If I have no suspicion of demodex (subcutaneous mite), I do not send patients for tests. Otherwise, it is unnecessary body movements and waste. Thanks to my experience and instinct, I can see whether it is worth doing research or not, ”said Sofia.

According to her, all inflammations have a certain appearance, structure, and sometimes a specific smell. What it looks like, Sofia could not answer, but said that it appears depending on the amount of pus in the skin. I do not have it, since the pimples are small, but those with large boils seem to “smell sweet”. But only the sensitive nose of a competent doctor can catch this aroma.

There were three ampoules, the contents of which were mixed and had to be injected to me. One contained antibacterial medicine, the other two contained anti-inflammatory and moisturizing agents.This meso cocktail is Sofia’s know-how.

There are no hormones, but there is an antibiotic. They are treated with staphylococcus, which, according to the doctor, is under the skin of almost everyone, but mine is especially active. Many doctors prescribe an antibiotic tablet to treat acne. Sofia Bigvava is against this approach, considers it too aggressive and harmful. In her opinion, local injections of an antibiotic diluted in the correct proportion are much more effective and environmentally friendly. She, in particular, mixes one cube of antibiotic and two cubes of anti-inflammatory and moisturizing agent.So the drug will never give such side effects as a pill.

A syringe with a “cocktail” Sophia tucked into a device resembling a pistol – a mesoinjector. Then, using the stops, I adjusted the depth of the needle insertion. Usually they choose them depending on the thickness of the skin – this is important. If, for example, the needle is inserted too deeply into the thin skin, hematomas may occur. My skin on my back is of medium thickness, so of the four types of restraints – 0.5 mm, 1mm, 1.5 mm, 2 mm – the doctor took one and a half millimeter.Then she stabbed me all over my back.

It hurt in places. Somewhere I did not feel anything, somewhere – very much even. According to the doctor, the degree of pain depends literally on everything: cycle, weather, well-being. Bad mood – painful, good – no, everything is so interconnected. And then there is the afferent innervation. This, for example, when the needle enters the skin, and there the nerve is close, which also affects the sensitivity.

Then we talked about what I should do to speed up the treatment process, and what not.

The power supply should be taken care of. Do not overeat sweets. Deny drinks like forfeits and sprites. Limit the number of nuts – they are very bad for problem skin. If you eat, say, a handful, then there will definitely be rashes.

Do not expose your back to direct sunlight or tanning lamps (there may be pigmentation), do not wash it with soap, a hard washcloth and rub it with a scrub. From them, abscesses can open, and their contents can spread throughout the back. After a shower, do not use creams and oils – they can clog pores.You need to wash your back with your hands and shower gel, and also wipe it with a chatterbox in the morning and evening.

The talker recipe was invented by Sofia herself. At one time, she also solved the problem with acne and even went to medical school to deal with it once and for all. Having studied and tried everything that was available to medicine, Sofia found that individual drugs were effective, but not enough – and strengthened them with a joint combination. The talker is based on tincture of oak bark. The rest of the ingredients increase the anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties of the drug.Details of the composition are kept secret, as a patent is being filed for it.

How many more procedures I will need is still impossible to say for sure. Ten weekly sessions were enough for some patients, seven were enough for others, and four for the third. Curious how much will I need?

P.S. The chatterbox (there she is, in the photo on the left) I made my main beauty tool. I forgot where the washcloth is. All the nuts I found at home I gave to my neighbor. And I don’t like sweets anyway. ”

We follow Katya’s story – and wish her an early end.

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to squeeze or not – advice from dermatologists La Roche Posay

Can acne be squeezed out?

A sudden pimple on your face in the most prominent place can seem like a disaster. You have plans for the whole day, an important interview or a public appearance at lunchtime, a date or a party is scheduled for the evening … The last thing you want is for those around you to see this “unexpected guest” on the tip of your nose.The first thought is not to wait for the pimple to burst or go away on its own, but to gain resolve and squeeze it out entirely. After all, it seems that redness from a squeezed pimple is not as scary as a black dot or a white abscess.

Alas, it is not so easy to get rid of acne. If you squeeze them out, the situation can deteriorate radically . This is the first thing that doctors say to all their patients. Dermatologist Philippe Beaulieu explains why you should never get rid of acne on your own.

Why can’t pimples be squeezed out?

“I always recommend that patients refrain from the temptation to pop pimples. This seems like the simplest solution, but it often makes the problem worse. Here’s why: By popping a pimple, you are literally tearing the skin apart. This can damage the infected follicle and thereby increase the inflammation. ”

By squeezing acne, you expose yourself to a double risk: firstly, scars may remain, and secondly, acne may appear even more.Dermatologists are unanimous in their concerns: trauma to the inflamed elements can lead to the formation of scars.

There is a great risk that the infection from the first focus, due to physical impact at the time of squeezing out, can spread to neighboring skin areas. All this can be aggravated by bacteria that enter the inflammation center from dirty hands or nails.

No matter how tempting the thought of quickly getting rid of a pimple by squeezing it out with your hands, you should not do this.If there is only one pimple on your face, you can go to the beauty parlor so that a specialist will remove it professionally. However, it is more reasonable to disguise this unexpected pimple with a corrector in order to quickly solve the problem. And then consult a doctor if acne continues to appear.

What do we have to do?

A little patience and willpower always gives the best result. The problem with the treatment of acne must be solved in a complex way: taking into account the diet, hygiene and the use of various pharmaceuticals.The first step in getting rid of acne is to consult a dermatologist, and then, according to his recommendations, you can purchase the optimal remedy for problem skin care at the pharmacy.

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90,000 Acne (inflammatory pimples) on the back: reasons, how to get rid of, treatment

… But the back is treated much easier!

Why do inflammatory elements – acne – appear on the back (and sometimes also in the center of the chest)? The point is the number of sebaceous glands, which are most on the face and back.

At certain times these glands begin to produce more sebum than needed. This is due either to an increase in male sex hormones, or to a genetically programmed hypersensitivity of receptors even to normal hormone levels. For the same reason, skin cells are less exfoliated, clogging the excretory ducts of the sebaceous glands and creating conditions for the growth of bacteria. The immune system is taken to fight infection, and the result of this fight is inflammatory elements.

If pimples are left untreated, multiple white scars are likely to remain, and this cosmetic defect will require expensive laser treatment.
It is much easier to consult a cosmetologist to prescribe local medicines that will act at 3 stages of the development of the disease:

  1. Reduce sebum production.
  2. Fight hyperkeratosis (a thick layer of old cells on the surface).
  3. Provide antibacterial effect.

For my face, as a rule, I choose medicinal cosmetics. But the thick skin of the back will withstand more aggressive, but cheap, drug treatment.

Here are my favorites:

  • Preparations based on vitamin A derivatives (Klenzit, Differin, Effesel).
  • Azelaic acid (Skinoren).
  • Antibacterial benzoyl peroxide (Baziron).

The doctor should prescribe drugs based on the clinical picture.Life hack: I do not recommend daily use. This can lead to redness and irritation. But applying every other day or even after 2 days is just right.

I wish you healthy backs and elegant dresses!

90,000 Is it true that sweets provoke rashes

Many people have probably heard that eating chocolate (along with foods that are unhealthy for us, such as chips and fries) can cause acne.Together with the experts, we figure out whether this is true.

Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, affecting about 50 million people. Alas, there are no exact data for our country. According to statistics, acne affects up to 80% of the population aged 12 to 25 years, and about 30-40% of people over 25 years old. We in no way call to fight this skin condition with all possible methods (we do not specifically call it a “problem”), and we believe that acne should in no way affect self-esteem and are not associated with the concept of “beauty”.However, if rashes are still bothering you, then perhaps it is a matter of improper diet and cravings for sweets.

In the 1960s, a group of scientists decided to uncover the relationship between the consumption of chocolate and the occurrence of acne. A study in which 65 people took part showed that chocolate does not exacerbate acne. However, according to a report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the results of that study were recently challenged due to the wrong method of conduct. The National Institutes of Health noted that chocolate itself does not cause breakouts, but the sugars it contains can lead to negative effects on the skin.

Together with the experts, we are figuring out whether sweets really affect the condition of the skin.

Does chocolate cause acne?

There are many reasons for the appearance of acne: from hormones to skin care. But is there a sweet tooth among them? There is no evidence that chocolate itself causes acne, experts say. But not all chocolate is the same. For example, bars with corn syrup, sugar, fillers, dairy products and additives can contribute to breakouts.

Sugar, dairy products and processed foods can disrupt the gut microbiome, leading to skin problems. These foods have also been shown to be directly linked to several skin conditions, including acne, says American nutritionist Serena Poon.

However, the main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa, which is rich in antioxidants or flavanols and, conversely, can improve skin condition. Polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, can neutralize oxidative damage, and protect the skin from UV damage.Poon cites a 2014 NIH study that found pure cocoa to be beneficial for skin health.

So milk chocolate is not harmful in moderation. However, it tends to be higher in sugar, dairy, and fillers. That is why it is better to choose dark chocolate without any additional ingredients.

How does diet affect our skin?

Some researchers believe that what we eat affects the nature of acne.Sugar and dairy products are the main culprits in breakouts – in other words, foods with a high glycemic load in the diet are more likely to cause acne. Foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, such as white rice, white sugar, and white bread, are digested quickly, resulting in higher blood glucose and insulin levels. In turn, this accelerates the production of sebum, as well as stimulates the synthesis of androgens by the adrenal glands and increases the bioavailability of androgens, which plays a role in the formation of acne.

Casein, a milk protein in dairy products, also stimulates the production of a hormone similar to insulin, which can disrupt the gut microbiome, as well as cause inflammation and acne.

Products for clean leather

Some experts believe that a balanced diet can leave skin cleaner, more radiant, and hydrated. Diet can also affect collagen levels. We have compiled a list of foods that you need to eat to keep your skin clean and healthy.


Hydration is critical to skin health. Skin cells are 70% water. If the body is dehydrated, then the skin will appear dry and sluggish. Michelle Green, MD and dermatologist cosmetologist, adds that when we drink plenty of water throughout the day, we replenish our internal organs and skin with moisture that has been lost through sweating and other natural processes.

Superfoods: Spirulina, Chlorella and Wheatgrass

These foods are rich in nutrients, phytonutrients and antioxidants.


They are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production.

Acai Berry

Because they are rich in antioxidants, they help protect the skin from oxidative damage.


Another great source of antioxidants.


It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that maintain hydration and can also protect against sun damage.


Nuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which smooth the skin.


It contains a lot of riboflavin, which is responsible for the elasticity of the skin.


Source of lysine, which is a “building block” in the synthesis of collagen and elastin.

Are skin problems related to certain products?

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Many people are quitting dairy, sugar and gluten in an effort to get rid of acne.But dietary restrictions are not an option, experts say. And they urge you to stop giving unprofessional advice to people who are already suffering from their problem.

For over 10 years I have been working as a consultant dermatologist in a London clinic, and my regular patients are people with problem skin, especially with acne.

Over the past few years, I have made some disturbing observations. The popularity of a healthy lifestyle and its essential component – diet – made me think about the connection between our modern diet and skin diseases.

It is important to add that I work in private clinics in central London. Most of my patients with long-term skin problems are smart, educated, high-income women who care not only about their skin but also about their overall health.

By the time they sit down in the chair in my office, they have already experienced numerous treatments that have not been successful. This is, as a rule, the selection of skin care products, for which patients spend a lot of money, and dietary adjustments.

Nutrition plays an important role in the fight against skin problems. When trying to get rid of acne, patients often give up dairy products, gluten and sugar.

For some, eating restrictions turn into an unhealthy obsession.

They find excuses not to go out to dinner with friends, refuse a slice of birthday cake lovingly prepared by a family member, never eat outside the home because there is simply no “right” food in a cafe.

I have to work not only with skin problems, but also with real fears of certain products.

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While trying to get rid of skin problems, patients often refuse dairy products, gluten and sugar

But let’s look at the findings of scientific research. Do certain foods really cause acne?

This issue has been discussed for more than a decade and remains quite controversial. It is very difficult to conduct a qualitative study of dietary habits, firstly because it usually relies on the recollections of the respondents, which, of course, may be inaccurate.

Can you remember exactly what you ate last week? And 10 years ago?

It is known for certain about the connection between acne and foods that have a high glycemic index (GI). Hence, sugar can actually play a role. However, I would not recommend completely eliminating sugar, but rather consuming it consciously.

This is necessary not only for the condition of the skin, but also for the health of the whole organism.

The association between dairy products and acne is much less pronounced, although in a very small group of people, dairy products can cause a rash.

For reasons not fully understood, low-fat dairy products are more harmful than dairy products with a high fat content.

UK and US acne guidelines do not recommend the elimination of dairy products from the diet. I know many vegans who have failed to get rid of acne despite not consuming dairy products at all.

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Some patients develop such a fear of certain foods that they refuse a piece of homemade cake at a family birthday

I also have many examples when patients completely refuse a certain group products, but skin problems still do not disappear.

The opinion that food is the only reason is wrong. Unfortunately, acne is a complex hormonal and genetic problem.

Even worse than an unreasonable rejection of certain foods, in my opinion, is the habit of shaming a person for his way of eating.

Some people are somehow confident that they have the right to give advice that no one asked them to, or to condemn others for the way they eat. It was so with me too.

A stranger on the street can tell you that you have acne because you are eating ice cream on a hot summer day.

A caring relative will advise you to put aside the chocolate, since you obviously have chocolate pimples. And someone will write under your photo with a slice of pizza on social networks – “no wonder you have acne.”

We live in a world of information overload. Now everyone has their own voice and the ability to express their opinion. But how do you distinguish scientifically sound advice from quack speculation?

If you are desperate trying to heal your skin, and its appearance is destroying your self-esteem, you probably turn to the Internet.But the problem is that not all recommendations are suitable for everyone, and there is a lot of conflicting evidence – sometimes even in medical sources.

And if one method helped someone, it does not mean that it will solve your problem as well. We all have different heredity, environment, intestinal and skin microflora.

Acne is associated with a number of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, social isolation and negative perception of one’s own body.

When a person already suffering from a problem is advised to limit their diet, this can lead to serious consequences.But this often happens on social media, where various naturopathic bloggers or other alternative medicine representatives promise to cure the true cause of the problem.

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When a person who is already suffering from a problem is advised to limit food, it can lead to serious consequences.

No one denies that proper nutrition is important for the skin. Diet plays a complex role in skin health and skin health. But this does not mean that you can give a person unsolicited and scientifically unfounded advice or, even worse, shame.

This creates an unhealthy atmosphere of guilt for people who are already suffering a lot.

Patients complain that such comments affect their mental state or lead to eating disorders.

Many are constantly worried about their diet and will think twice before eating something sweet in public.

My fellow nutritionists and psychologists tell us that this problem is very common, and they face it every day in their practice.

What to do? If you suffer from acne and are faced with such an attitude of people around, it is important to see a specialist.

Also, if you notice that a person close to you began to limit himself in food because of skin problems, immediately advise him to consult a doctor.

Nutrition in acne should be discussed not only with a dermatologist, but also with a therapist and nutritionist. And in the course of treatment, also consult a psychologist.

Food is never “good” or “bad” – these are too abstract definitions.A healthy skin diet means developing a habit of always eating regularly and in a balanced way, and it is not at all about the bag of candy you ate today.

Dr. Anjali Macht is a consultant dermatologist at a London clinic and is the author of The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide To Good Skin.

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Why We Pick Our Leather And Can’t Stop – Wonderzine

Since this condition is classified as obsessive-compulsive disorder, it is treated by a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.While there is no method registered by medical regulatory authorities (such as the US FDA) specifically for treating excoriation disorder, psychotherapy and drug interventions are being researched and some are considered effective. Alternative methods are also being studied, from yoga to acupuncture; in particular, yoga and aerobic exercise have shown promising results, but only as an adjunct to psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, candidate of medical sciences Vitalina Burova says that in her practice there are almost always patients who have turned to the referral of a dermatologist to pick out their skin or pull out their hair.The doctor’s task is to begin by determining whether the patient has symptoms of depression or anxiety of such a level that medical correction is required. If there are indications, then drugs are prescribed and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy is mandatory, and if there are no indications for psychopharmacotherapy, then excoriation is treated only with psychotherapy, without drugs. The course of treatment requires at least ten weekly sessions, but as a rule, the process takes from six months to a year.

Of the types of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the habit reversal therapy method is used, in particular, aimed at “unlearning” skin picking.First, the patient learns to be aware of the peculiarities of his habit – for example, he keeps a diary, where he notes when and how it happens, in what environment, what sensations precede it. Then, when it is already easy to recognize the impulse to start touching the skin, substitute actions come to the rescue – something easily doable, incompatible with picking, and at the same time no more noticeable outwardly than a habit that needs to be eliminated. The simplest examples are squeezing a rubber ball, sitting on your hands, or clenching your fists.Relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and the help of others are connected to this method – for example, parents can use reminder words for a child. There is evidence that the method is effective even when used independently (as part of an online course).

The psychotherapist can offer other methods of treatment: for example, psychodynamic psychotherapy with elaboration of events from childhood, fantasies and unconscious processes; mindfulness therapy, during which a person learns to perceive his feelings, thoughts, memories without judgment.The benefits of psychotherapy in excoriation disorder have been demonstrated more than once – but with drug therapy so far, everything is not very good. It is believed that a short-term effect is observed in all studies of this condition, even if the drug is actually ineffective – the placebo effect and the awareness of patients who simply put more effort not to pick the skin are triggered.

Medicines are still used, mainly antidepressants and antipsychotics. For antidepressants in the serotonin reuptake inhibitor group, the results are good, but few people participated in the studies, and the methodology was not always convincing.For some drugs, only information on individual cases is available at all. Today, scientists agree: both the excoriation disorder itself and its treatment have yet to be deeply studied.

90,000 Acne in adults [acne and inflammation in 20-35 years] – what is it, how to deal with rashes in women and men

Acne occurs due to increased activity of the sebaceous glands and often characterizes the skin of adolescents. But today the problem of the so-called adult acne is no less relevant.

25% of women from 20 to 50 years old complain of recurrent inflammation on the face.The reason is hormonal imbalance or an increase in the sensitivity of skin receptors to androgens.

The mechanism of acne development is the same at any age, but if in adolescents the process of acne formation is directly related to sex hormones, then in adults other factors become triggers.

  • Stress. It has been found that the hormone cortisol, released during stress, increases the oiliness of the skin.
  • Food. Some foods, in particular sugar, fast carbohydrates, whole milk, stimulate the production of sebum and provoke the formation of acne in those with oily skin after 20 years.

2 Features and signs of adult acne

Adult acne develops according to the same scenario as adolescent acne.

  1. Enhanced sebum production.
  2. Hyperkeratosis (thickening of the stratum corneum) leading to blockage of the sebaceous glands.
  3. Propionibacterium acnes bacteria in the ducts of the sebaceous glands.
  4. Inflammatory process – acne.

However, later acne has its own characteristics that distinguish it from teenage pimples:

  • is localized not in the T-zone, but on the chin and cheeks;
  • is located more deeply;
  • manifests itself as more painful and vivid inflammations;
  • dissolves worse;
  • is difficult to clean;
  • often leaves behind scars.

Phenomena of post-acne are characteristic of adult skin with rashes, since its ability to regenerate decreases with age.


Skin with late acne should not be cleansed as if you were 16 years old. Your skin will not like the high content of drying alcohols and corrosive acids. She needs more delicate formulas that can provide both purity and gentle exfoliation without irritation.

  • Blemish & Age Cleansing Gel contains acids (capryl-salicylic 0.2%, glycolic 3.5%, salicylic 0.2%) in optimal concentration, therefore, thoroughly cleanses pores from impurities, reduces inflammation and evens out the relief.
  • Blemish & Age Solution, a cleansing toner for acne and age-related skin with the necessary percentage of alcohol, removes dead cells and residues of impurities, preparing the skin for further care.
  • Gel for washing, cleansing pores, Simply Clean based on amino acids and a complex of active ingredients: sulfonic acid (HEPES), aloe and chamomile extracts – designed for oily and combination skin.
  • Equalizing Toner for all skin types does not contain alcohol and fragrances, suitable for everyone, in particular for oily skin with acne.Restores the pH of the skin after washing, includes extracts of witch hazel, thyme, cucumber, kiwi, aloe and chamomile, soothing and toning the skin.


Antioxidant serum for oily and normal skin Phloretin CF prevents aging and fights dark spots. Contains a proprietary antioxidant trio:

  1. L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 10% has an antioxidant effect, restores the skin after sun exposure and laser resurfacing;
  2. phloretin 2.0% rescues from oxidative stress and fights hyperpigmentation, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects;
  3. ferulic acid 0.5% stabilizes vitamin C, increases its activity, enhances the protective functions of the skin.


Serum for the correction of acne and age-related changes Blemish & Age Defense evens out skin relief, reduces inflammation and sebum secretion. The composition contains a precisely calculated dose of acids for the improvement of fatty-type adult skin.

  1. Dioeic (2%) reduces sebum production and destroys P. bacteria acne – the cause of acne formation, corrects inflammation.
  2. Capril Salicylic (0.3%) provides gradual exfoliation without aggression.
  3. Salicylic (1.5%) unclogs pores and reduces damage.
  4. Glycolic (3.5%) and lemon (0.5%) improve exfoliation.


Phyto Corrective Moisturizing Soothing Gel for Sensitive Skin contains hyaluronic acid and a complex of plant extracts. Thanks to this combination of active ingredients, it strengthens the skin’s defense mechanisms, accelerates regeneration, eliminates inflammation and redness, while maintaining an optimal level of moisture.

Daily Moisture, a lightweight mattifying moisturizer, supplies the skin with the nutrients it needs for wellness and comfort (proteins, amino acids and minerals) while tightening pores and mattifying.