Acne breakouts on the body can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but having body acne is actually very common and can easily be treated. Many people who experience breakouts on their face may experience it on their body. The skin on the back and chest are often prone to breaking out due to stress, hormonal changes and overproduction of sebum (oil), bacteria, fungus and yeast. The pores and hair follicles on the body are larger than the face and can easily become clogged with oil, dirt and bacteria, which leads to acne issues on the body.
Fortunately, body acne can be easily prevented, especially if you know what’s causing it. Below are the top seven things you didn’t know may be causing body acne—plus what you can do to reverse the damage.
1. Your Laundry Detergent
As in your skin care products, fragrances and artificial dyes in your laundry detergent can clog and irritate hair follicles on your body, so if you can, choose fragrance-free and clear detergents for your clothes.