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How To Get Rid of Body Acne

Have you cleared up the acne on your face only to have zits pop up across your chest and back? Or maybe you've always had body acne.

Either way, body acne can be a complete pain, and can leave both emotional and physical scarring, just like facial acne.

Body acne is caused by the same factors that trigger facial acne, but it can sometimes be harder to treat than facial acne. Body acne is generally confined to the back and upper torso, because like the face, these areas have more sebaceous glands per square inch than other areas of the body, so the follicles are more likely to become plugged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. They're also areas, like the bottom half of the face, that are sensitive to hormones.

Body acne is actually much more common than most people know, but the common treatments for face acne usually won’t work on the body, as the skin is different as well as the acne. That doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of body acne, it just means that you have to use the right treatments—or make the right changes in personal care habits—for your particular type of body acne.

As with any individual acne case, you need to determine the cause in order to treat it.

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