When it comes to acne, most of think of it as simply being the inflammatory spots that appear up and down our faces – but with acne being the most common skincare condition, suffered by nearly 50% of all Americans, its more than just a few bumps on the face. While it might not get as much press, body acne is almost as prevalent as that of the face – and in many instances, that much worse for you and your self-esteem. And while body acne might just ruin your image of yourself and be a cosmetic issue, it can also cause a great deal of physical discomfort as well – especially as it has a tendency to spring up in the hardest to reach of places. The good thing to know about body acne is that it is very preventable and with the proper care and treatment, it is manageable. To better educate you on all there is to know about body acne, or bacne, and body acne treatment, Dr. Ritu Saini, considered the best dermatologist Murray Hill has to offer, provides us with these helpful facts.
How is Body Acne Caused?
Body acne treatment or bacne, as it is often called, is slightly different from your normal, everyday acne breakouts. In fact, body acne is actually known as a condition known as folliculitis – a common skin condition that occurs when bacteria and other impurities enter your hair follicles, causing them to become infected. And because pores and follicles on the body are larger than those found on your face, dirt and oil can be easily trapped inside. As the best dermatologist Murray Hill has to offer,Dr. Ritu Sainihas treated countless patients for their body acne. Body acne can appear on any area of the body, besides the palms and soles of the feet – as they do not have any sebaceous glands. For the most part, acne is found on the back and chest, as these are sites for the most prominent oil-producing sebaceous glands. This is why body acne can become even worse of any issue in the warmer, more humid, summer months. As the heat and humidity cause us to sweat far more, our bodies tend to produce much more oil. As the body produces more oil, it will create a highly moist environment in which bacteria will fester and acne will thrive.
Some of the more common contributary factors for body acne include:
· Tight Clothes – It tends to irritate the already semi-inflamed areas along the body, especially when rubbing on already damp or warm skin when working out or running.
· Fragrances or Perfumes – The addition of synthetic fragrances to your laundry detergents or on your body, is known to cause massive irritation to existing acne issues, and the chemicals in fragrances will often clog pores and hair follicles.
· Hair Products – These products are often full of chemicals and other products, like sulfates and synthetic colors, they can very easily irritate the skin and clog the pores.
· Hot Tubs or Saunas – There is a condition known as hot tub folliculitis, as it mimics the previously stated, warm and damp conditions that often cause clogged hair follicles and pores.
As the best dermatologist Murray Hill has to offer, Dr. Ritu Saini offers a number of different body acne treatment – including both in-office procedures, as well as a simple list lifestyle changes an individual can make to improve their body acne issues. While in many instances, the same facial acne treatments might work for your bacne, generally, because the skin is thicker and has larger pores, it does require a higher level of potency and further exfoliation. Here are some important procedures for body acne treatment.
· Red Light Therapy – Use of infrared lights to help treat redness and acne issues. The UV lights are able to highlight the skin’s surface and kill whatever bacteria is present.
· Photo-Dynamic Therapy – Works similar to red light therapy, but in addition to killing off certain bacteria this procedure can also help to shrink the pores and sebaceous glands – reducing oil production on the skin’s surface.
· Laser Therapy – Using Pulsed Light lasers, fractional lasers, and other types of lasers, we are able to target areas of inflammation and lesions, to reduce the presence of them and acne scars. In addition it can shrink the pores.
· Dermabrasion – The ultimate means of exfoliation, microdermabrasion treatments are able to open the pores, clean them out, and remove dead, unwanted skin from the surface.
In addition to these in-office treatments there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make such as exfoliation and maintaining proper body hygiene – for a full list, and more information on all forms of acne treatment contact the office of Dr. Ritu Saini today.