Body Acne: Mapping Acne On Your Body


Let Your Body Explain You the Body Acne

Most people with facial acne have some amount of body acne as well, and the acne on the back even has a special name, bacne. Body acne develops in a similar way to facial acne, but likely thicker than that on the face and often has larger pores. In addition, same as facial acne, mapping where you have acne on your body can also tell you why you are breaking out, whether the pimples are on your chest, arms, legs or even your butt!

Acne can be formed only when skin has sebaceuous follicles

Before you start to map the acne on your body, you should know that acne can develop anywhere on the body except for the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. That is because these are the only two areas which do not have sebaceous follicles (sebaceous gland) where acne is formed.

As with any type of acne, the exact cause of body acne remains unknown. But luckily, compare with facial acne, body acne is more likely caused by external reasons than the internal ones (such as hormones). So, body acne is easier to be healed by applying external methods. Read the following body areas to learn why body acne break out on certain places of your body and what you can do to fight with them.

Back Acne (Bacne)

Body Acne On the Back

  • Overly active sebaceous gland
  • Sweating
  • Not showering after exercise
  • Friction and irritation from clothes or athletic gear
  • Wearing too tight and not breathable clothes
  • Pore-clogging irritation body products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion)
  • Too much fried and high-calorie foods
  • Not enough sleep
  • Laundry detergent
  • Allergies
  • Seborrheic dermatitis


Chest Acne

Body Acne on The Chest

  • Sweating
  • Not showering after exercise
  • Friction and irritation from clothes
  • Wearing clothes that aren’t breathable
  • Undergarments
  • Body lotions
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, or dryer sheets
  • Poor diet and eating habits
  • Eating too much spicy food
  • Drinking ice cold drinks all the time
  • Fungal infection
  • Allergies


Arm Acne

Arm acne on the body

  • Similar causes to back acne
  • Excessive oil secretion
  • Body lotions and sprays
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets
  • Clothes are too tight
  • Often confused with seborrheic dermatitis or keratosis pilaris


Thigh and Leg Acne

Body Acne On Legs And Thighs

  • Body lotion or sprays
  • Shower gels and/or soap, shampoo and/or conditioner
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, or dryer sheets
  • Clothes are too tight
  • Ingrown hairs from shaving or waxing
  • Allergic reaction or rash
  • Keratosis pilaris or dermatitis

Butt (Croth Or Pelvic)Acne

Body Acne On The Bottom Line

Butt Acne

  • Dirty underwear
  • Underwear that is not breathable or too tight
  • More common in humid, hot, summer weather
  • Sitting too long;
  • Hair on butt often traps heat, sweat, and oil;
  • May be a rash instead
  • Allergies
  • Body lotions
  • Shower gels, soaps, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, or dryer sheets
  • Poor digestion
  • Bloating
  • Too many cold drinks
  • Too much spicy food

Crotch or Pelvic Acne

  • Ingrown hairs from waxing or shaving
  • Poor hygiene
  • Could be warts or symptoms of an STD

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