Body acne can cause anyone who suffers from it to feel self conscious at the beach, the gym etc. Body Acne affects both men and women. Many people with facial acne also suffer from body acne, but body acne can also appear in adulthood without affecting the face.
Regular acne (acne vulgaris) usually affects the face during puberty, but during adulthood, can also affect other parts of the body such as back, chest and arms. Acne is an inflammation of the skin, caused by changes in the skin structures of the hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland. Acne is considered an abnormal response to normal levels of the male hormone testosterone.
Secreted oils from the sebaceous glands combine with naturally occurring dead skin cells and block the hair follicles, providing a perfect environment for the skin bacteria Propionibacterium acnes to multiply uncontrollably. Acne lesions start as a blockage (comedo) in the hair follicle. Stimulated by a number of factors, the sebaceous glands in the skin produce more sebum (an natural oily substance), which is secreted around hair follicles to lubricate hair and skin. Increased sebum production mixed with dead skin cells can clog skin pores, resulting in whiteheads (closed comedo) or blackheads (open comedo). When the bacteria P. acnes is introduced, the affected skin area becomes inflamed, producing the visible acne lesion.
Body acne can be aggravated by a variety of factors, including stress, overactive hormones, overproduction of sebum stimulated by stress and hormones and accumulation of dead skin cells. While diet is sometimes blamed for the development of acne, there is little scientific evidence that diet plays a major role in acne. However, some studies have found an association between acne and the consumption of some dairy products such as milk, cream cheese and cottage cheese. Others have suggested that bovine hormones in milk are to blame.
To successfully get rid of acne, a person needs to avoid stress, eat a healthy diet (eliminate refined sugar, milk and saturated fat) and treat the affected skin areas. Many natural body acne treatments available contain a gentle skin exfoliator (such as the beta-hydroxy acid salicylic acid) to remove dead skin cells. Unclogging of the skin's pores will eventually get rid of the inflammation associated with acne.