“Bacne” – The 411

bacneAcne on your face is embarrassing and annoying – at any age. When you also have acne on your back or other parts of your body (commonly referred to as “bacne”), it can make it hard to enjoy the beach, water sports, the gym or even intimacy. Knowledge is powerful, and understanding the causes and prevention of body acne can be helpful. Read on to learn more:

What Are The Causes?
Body acne can occur for a variety of reasons including stress, hormones and even a response to laundry detergent or skin creams. Sometimes your lifestyle can even be a cause, such as working out daily and failing to shower directly afterwards. The sweat from your skin and clothes can cause clogged pores which can contribute to body acne.

What Are The Treatments?
Making an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Quintana is a great first step towards treating body acne. During your appointment, Dr. Quintana will examine your acne to assess whether it is due to a chemical reaction, clogged pores or hormones. Accordingly, you may be prescribed an oral antibiotic, a topical cream, or you may be encouraged to make some lifestyle or diet changes.

To prevent body acne, it may be a good idea to monitor what you use to clean your skin, the kind of body creams you use and even your sunscreen. Many of the ingredients in creams and lotions are “comedogenic” – which means they clog the pores of your skin. If you know that you are prone to body acne, look for a body cleanser containing salicylic acid that is specifically designed to treat acne. Salicylic acid works to cleanse your skin and pores of dirt, bacteria, and oil.

If you are dealing with body acne and would like to discuss treatment options with Dr. Quintana, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today: (212) 391-8600.

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