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This is how salicylic acid can help prevent body acne

Most of us experience blemishes on our faces every now and then. But what about those pesky breakouts that appear everywhere else? Keep reading to find out what helps body acne. 

Body acne (also known as ‘bacne’) can feel embarrassing. But don’t sweat it – bacne is more common than you think. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans every year. 


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    So, what is bacne?

    Our body naturally creates sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Over time, this oily secretion can cause breakouts on your body – and a mix of whiteheads, blackheads and large pimples on your back is less than desirable. The good news is, there are ways to help manage body acne – and one of them is bringing a little face care magic to your body care. Here’s how to help prevent body acne with salicylic acid.

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    Using salicylic acid for body acne

    If you’ve ever wondered what to do about body acne, you might be surprised to learn that you can help prevent new acne blemishes from forming by using a body cleanser with salicylic acid. That’s right – the benefits of salicylic acid extend to your body, as well as your face. When salicylic acid is applied to the skin, it breaks down the bonds between the dead skin cells so that they’re released, which helps unclog your pores.

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    The perfect body cleanser for acne-prone skin

    Your journey towards treating body acne can start in your shower.  Dove Body Love Acne Clear Body Cleanser  is specially designed for skin prone to body acne, to clear and help prevent new blemishes from forming. Often, body acne causes sensitivity and soreness around the affected area. This body cleanser is formulated with 1% salicylic acid and caring ingredients to be gentle on your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

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    Switch up your routine

    It’s important to maintain a balanced diet for your overall health and wellbeing.  But if you’re still experiencing body acne, be mindful of any products that may accidentally cause breakouts on body areas they’re in contact with – think hair products, massage oils, and even clothing. Change your pillowcases regularly and use topical treatments if needed. If you’re active and like to work up a sweat, make sure to shower straight after exercising and wear clean clothes for each session. 

    And take it from us – whatever you do, don’t pick your bacne. Pinky promise?

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