Pimples pop up in bizarre places.
Besides your face, acne can appear on your chest, back, and butt. It's frustrating, sure, but fortunately, it is curable. You just need to know how.
See, there is something you should know about treating breakouts as a whole: your skin routine should differ from body part to body part. Because what might work on the face might not touch back breakouts, just like chest acne and butt acne require different treatments.
Below, we show you how to get rid of pimples - wherever they may be.
Not all body acne responds to the same treatment and it won't always clear up at the same pace, either.
"The closer to your face, the easier the acne is to treat," says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. "For example, the acne on your chest and upper back will be easier to get rid of than on your lower back and buttocks." That's because the lower half of the body has slower circulation, causing acne to heal slower.
The skin on your face is also thinner and contains fewer sweat glands than other parts of your body. That's why your face often responds better to gentle acne cleansers and exfoliators better than let's say your buttocks - because the face is a lot less oily.
It can be a little confusing - we get that. But here's what we do know about acne: it's essentially the buildup of dead skin cells clogging the pores, which leads to blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules. In some cases, you may experience severe acne variations such as cystic acne which form underneath the surface of the skin.
Using the right skincare routine with the right skincare products for each affected area is key to clearing up blemishes once and for all - regardless of their location.
Find out what's causing those pesky zits, and how to treat them for the best possible outcome.
Maybe it's time to change your pillowcase!
Cheek acne usually occurs due to genetics. However, it could also happen as a result of your everyday habits. For instance, not switching your pillowcase often enough could be behind those annoying cheek breakouts. Touching your skin regularly also contributes to acne. That's because the skin is coming in direct contact with dirt, grime, and oil from your fingers.
The solution: Keep your pillowcases clean to reduce the amount of oil and bacteria introduced to your skin. Then make Truly's CBD Jelly Bundle part of your daily skincare regimen.
Could it be your hair products?
If you regularly use hairstyling products like gel and hairspray, it could be leaving grime behind that transforms into ear pimples.
"The ears have many sebaceous glands, which makes them a breeding ground for pimples—and when oil from the glands clogs the pores, acne occurs," says Eric Schweiger, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
The solution: Wipe them clean with a medicated acne pad formulated with salicylic acid. This'll help remove the excess oil and prevent clogged pores. In the future, start using fewer hair products and when you do, remember to always clean your ears after using. Try Truly's Anti-Blemish Facial Kit to finally banish those ear breakouts that keep reappearing.
Switch your sunscreen!
Back acne happens when excess sebum (skin oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells buildup on your skin causing blemishes, inflammation, and redness. It can also happen in response to thick lotions and sunscreens which clog the pores.
The solution: First up, switch your sunscreen to a lightweight, zinc-formulated version to immediately stop clogging your pores. Then grab yourself a Truly Bacne Routine Bundle featuring an anti-blemish body wash, exfoliating toner, body mask, and acne patches.
Too many sweat sessions, perhaps?
Have you been seeing spots on your boobs lately? Your sweaty daily workout sesh could be responsible.
"For those who exercise or play sports, I recommend showering soon after the workout is complete," says dermatologist Kristina Goldenberg, MD, of Goldenberg Dermatology in New York City. She adds, "When sweat sits on the skin for a long period of time, it clogs pores and causes acne to develop."
The solution: Invest in topical skincare products formulated with acne-fighting ingredients like retinoids to treat adult acne on the breasts. Try Truly's Boobie Bundle, featuring a boob polish (an exfoliant), serum, and moisturizer to sculpt, hydrate, and retexturize the skin on your breasts.
Sorry, but those jeans are too tight!
The skin on your butt is thicker and has larger pores than the ones on your face. Thus, breakouts are bound to happen in that area. You're even more prone to butt breakouts if you restrict your derriere in tight clothing, as this can cause friction which results in inflammation of the hair follicles followed by breakouts. This can also be behind dermatitis - a skin condition often caused by friction.
The solution: Wear breathable, comfortable clothing made out of natural fabrics like cotton. This'll help your skin to breathe and prevent friction from occurring. Then invest in over-the-counter skincare products that actively tackle acne. We recommend Truly's For Your Buns Bundle.
As effective as these treatments are for getting rid of acne in weird places, they don't work for everyone. If you've got acne and no topical product has helped so far, book an appointment with a dermatologist for advice. They may prescribe acne medication or suggest in-office treatments to treat your breakouts.
Most importantly, don't let acne get you down. Regardless of where you're getting pimples, just remember: it's nothing to be embarrassed about! Own those babies!
Acne happens to all of us. As long as you treat your acne depending on its location, you should easily be able to fight it and say cya to acne in strange places.