How I Cleared My Body Pimples
There was a point in my life I thought pimples were only for the face. I attributed this skin abnormality as affecting only one’s face. And then it hit me, I think I was in secondary school then! It confused me, and out-right irritated me. Why was I having these bumps on my upper arm and back? My dearest cousin told me she’d had something like this before and it was from water. I used the cream suggested (Skineal) and after a while (few weeks) my skin went back to normal. At that point, I accepted the water explanation.
A few years later and I faced a more severe occurrence of what happened the last time. I couldn’t blame water this time, I used an antiseptic to shower. Creams like Skineal and co. had become my best companions (dark days!), so what was going wrong? I soon came to discover that answer. Body pimples.
What Are Body Pimples?
A pimple is a form of acne characterized by small, tender, and sometimes red bumps. It’s filled with white pus at the tips. These bumps are due to the overproduction of oil and buildup of bacteria. According to the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, over 1.5 million Nigerians have pimple each year.
Pimple on the face doesn’t differ much from body pimple but can be a trickier one to treat. Areas most prone to body pimples include Neck, Back, Chest, Upper arms, and in rear cases the butt. The severity of body pimples vary but are all triggered by the same factors.
An increase in hormones can lead to the production of more oils in the body than needed. This excess oil buildup in the skin can lead to the formation of pimples. This theory applies to both the face and the rest of the body.
Allowing sweat to settle and dry up on your skin and clothes can not only lead to a build-up of bacteria but also cause skin irritations. These two factors combined can lead to the growth of body pimple. Tight clothing and sweat are a match made in hell for your skin. Sweating in tight clothes makes it hard for your skin to breathe. It traps dirt and sweat in, which causes body pimple. After any sweaty activity, ensure to take a proper shower and moisturize right after.
Lack of moisture
The belief that moisturizer can leave your skin too oily or oily skin doesn’t need moisturizing is false. When you don’t moisturize your skin, it ‘panics’ and produces more moisture (oils) than necessary to make up for where you messed up. Like I said earlier, overproduction of oil is a major cause of pimple, and denying your skin it’s needed daily moisture, causes it to overproduce oil.
Just as a dirty pillow increases the chances of a facial pimple, dirty bedspreads do the same with body pimple. Dirty towels also attribute to body pimple. When you don’t change towels and bed-sheets, you give room to pimple-causing germs and bacteria.
How to Get Rid of Body Pimples
Adopt an Effective Care Routine
Try to make showering twice a day a way of life. I know most people find it easier to settle for once a day. But upping your game a bit will do you good. Ensure to exfoliate your skin once a week. Besides your sponge (If you have one) get a good body scrub, nothing too harsh or make yours with honey and brown sugar. Exfoliating helps to remove those dead skin cells and excess oil from your body. Ensure to follow up a wash and scrub with an effective moisturizer. Also, develop a habit of wearing breathable clothes.
Like I explained before, irregular replacement of bedspreads and towels is a major cause of body pimple. Especially if you don’t shower at night, you’re rolling in your death day to day when not removed when due. In addition to wearing clean clothes and showering, change and wash those spreads and towels often too. Replace bedspreads weekly or every other week. As for towels, the dermatologist recommended 4 uses, meaning it shouldn’t be more than a week. I find that a teeny bit tasking, so let’s say weekly on normal use.
Avoid Picking at it
Although it might be tempting to go all Pimple Popper on those pesky things, avoid doing so. We want to avoid irritating the skin around those areas as much as possible. Dirt and germs on your hand can also further clog and irritate your pores. Keep your hands away from those bumps.
Watch what you use
Review your products to ensure they fit your skin. If you’re struggling with body pimple, it’s major cause is clogging of pores. Certain products can cause serious breakout for some people with already oily skin, as it can clog your pores. Oils such as mineral oils, cocoa butter, and coconut oil are comedogenic i.e. tending to clog pores, hence have tendencies to cause pimple. Instead, opt for oil such as Grapeseed oil, neem oil, hempseed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil. They are lighter and less likely to clog pores. Also, avoid putting excess oil on your skin, a few drops here and there should be enough.
Use Effective Natural Remedies
Some raw natural ingredients include:
- And cucumber are great for clearing pimples.
Check our DIYs for anti-pimple natural remedies.
Acne treatment and spot creams can work to clear pimples. Products containing salicylic acid are great for pimples, they could also be drying so moisturize after. Before you use any product, ensure you check the ingredients and do a patch test to check that you’re not reactive to it.
If your body pimple gets so severe, a dermatologist can prescribe effective drugs to help curb pimples. Avoid administering self-medication.
Live Healthy and be Patient
Relax! Avoid stress and try to enjoy yourself as much as you can, it’s just acne. Skincare also works from the inside out, eat organic food rich in nutrients, and avoid excess junk. Drinking lots of water helps in its way to keep the skin hydrated.
How I got Rid of Mine
Certain things that cleared my body were:
The Neutrogena Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Wash helped me a lot. Yeah, it’s a face wash, but I used it just for my body a few times a week. I tried it on my face and I didn’t fancy the results so I stuck to my body only.
Remember skin differs, not all oily skin reacts the same way. In the same sense, not all dry skin reacts the same. Read skincare labels, know your allergies, pick what’s best for your skin type, and trust your guts.
Are you/were you battling body pimple? Hod did you or are you dealing with it.