Don't let body acne stop you from showing a little more skin as it gets warmer outside

Aylin König wearing dress with floral print is seen outside Rotate during Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
Aylin König wearing dress with floral print is seen outside Rotate during Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
  • As it gets warmer and we take advantage of Level 2's perks that permit us to visit parks and restaurants, we'll shed a few layers of clothing to go outside.
  • However, skin/body concerns such as body acne will be the reason some remain covered up as there is still shame attached to this type of acne, unfortunately.
  • We offer product options on how to treat body acne, including tea tree oil and black soap. 

We have much reason to be grateful for the body positive movement because we're finally at a point where the pressure to have a  "summer body" has been lifted off many shoulders. 

This is not to say that personal body goals have been chucked out with Thursday's trash and all its low-fat contents we're no longer strictly eating. Everyone has a little something on their body they'd love to work towards improving, and that's totally fine. 

I too, would love a PDF version of Rihanna's eating plan.

But lumps, bumps, stripes, and flat surfaces aside, there is another source of insecurity that is still stopping a lot of individuals from wearing exactly what they want, especially over the warmer seasons - body acne.

READ MORE: What is cystic acne? And when should you see a doctor?

Bacne, buttne or chestne is the pesky little reason why many cover up over the spring and summer seasons. Well then, 'tis the season to destigmatise body acne. 

These may be lesser spoken of types of acne compared to facial acne, but just because you never see anyone with body or back acne posting it on Instagram, it doesn't mean you're alone.

If anything, it's actually pretty normal to breakout a little on other parts of your body besides your face.

According to Very Well Health, this type of acne is caused by excess dead skin cells, overactive oil glands and blocked pores - basically the same way facial acne develops. 

So why the extra shame when we break out on our bodies? 

And with headlines such as "Here's what's causing your embarrassing bacne" as seen on GQ circa 2017, maybe it's really time body positivity also captured skin positivity within its definition.

Seeing women with vitiligo, albinism, scarring, dark skin, and hypervisible birthmarks on magazine covers, runways and fashion/beauty campaigns means we may just be halfway there, albeit gradually.

A progressive faction of social media is also becoming less squeamish about acne and calling on skincare brands to use people who actually have real skin concerns to front their product campaigns. 

This would also help make body acne less stigmatised in the long run because it's also worth mentioning the obvious fact that body acne is completely treatable. 

I get seasonal bacne when temperatures reach sweltering levels, and even when it's not flared up, I still have dark spots from seasons passed. Personally, I think nothing of it and I venture into the great outdoors with my back exposed in backless dressed, asymmetrical tops and swimwear when the occasion calls for it. 

I've never visited a dermatologist for this particular concern, but I have used products you can shop easily from cosmetic outlets and pharmacy counters.

READ MORE: Your skin can be healthy even with blemishes, blackheads, acne and pimples 

And these are just a few of my top recommendations: 

We recommend a tea tree based product such as this oil from The Body Shop, R130 

body acne treatments

Dermalogica clearing skin wash with salicylic acid, R950 from Dermalogica.co.za 

body acne treatments

Bee Natural Acne Assist, R125 on faithful to Nature   

Beeswax, propolis, raw honey and pollen have been blended with tea tree oil to create a potent acne remedy that dries out and combats those pesky breakouts. These ingredients also help to prevent scaring and infections. 

body acne treatments

Shea Moisture African black soap, R219 on Fruugo 

how to destigmatise body acne

Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body, R365 on Clinique.co.za    

What It Does: Targets breakouts with encapsulated, acne-fighting salicylic acid. Use daily and begin to see fewer clogged pores in one week.

body acne products

If your body acne is slightly more persistent, visit a dermatologist, who will be able to prescribe treatment suited for your particular case.

Ultimately, a few pimples here and there should not deter you from wearing what you want to wear for fear of public opinion and stigma.

It's not getting any cooler anytime soon (hopefully), so if you've been dying to wear that low-cut top for a while, now is the time to take a leap in the name of skin positivity. 

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