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Body acne: Know what it is, and ways to treat the skin condition

If you are someone who gets acne on their body, it is important to understand the cause behind it to keep it away.

ayurveda, back acne ayurveda, tips to deal with back acne as per ayurveda, ayurveda tips to deal with back acne, indianexpress.com, back acne home remedies, what to do for acne,Caused by the accumulation of dead cells and oil, body acne is often associated with increased sweating and friction from clothing. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Acne is one of the most common skin issues people face, but that doesn’t make it any less hassling. It occurs when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells.

But, it is essential to know that acne is not just limited to the face. Sometimes, it can also occur on the body, causing discomfort, and if acute, pain. If you are someone who gets acne on their body as well, it is important to understand the causes behind it to keep it away.

Celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala, who trains the likes of Katrina Kaif, Vaani Kapoor, and Sophie Choudry, among others, recently shared a video on her Instagram account wherein she talked about body acne, listing its causes and possible treatments. She cited ‘genetic, hormonal imbalances, oil massage, sweat during workouts or in the heat, protein supplements and anabolic steroids’ as some of the causes of body acne.

Dr Nivedita Dadu, dermatologist and founder of Dadu Medical Centre in Delhi, said: “Body acne is caused by the same factors that trigger facial acne, such as overactive oil glands, excess dead skin cells, and a proliferation of acne-causing bacteria. When oil and dead skin cells become trapped within the follicle or the pores of the skin, it can create a blockage. This blockage becomes a blackhead and can progress to an inflamed pimple if bacteria invade.”

She added that body acne is more common in people who sweat a lot and experience more pressure or occlusion by way of clothing. “Rapid hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, and perimenopause can also contribute to body acne as oil glands become hyperactive during these transitional periods,” she said.

If you are somebody who has body acne, Dr Dadu suggests the following ways to treat it:

Both Dr Jaishree Sharad (on Yamin’s video) and Dr Dadu recommend the following tips to keep body acne at bay, as a precaution or after you have treated it.

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