Acne on the body can happen to anyone. Although many individuals think that treating acne on the body is the same as treating acne on the skin, they are largely mistaken. The skin of the body is much thicker than the skin of the face, and in many ways this makes it easier to treat acne with. You can actually treat your body acne overnight. Here’s how to do it.
Cleanse the area
You should start on a night when you have about twenty to thirty minutes of extra time before you go to bed. Cleanse the affected area with a gentle cleanser. If the area is on your back, purchase a back cleansing cloth. This is a long length of cloth that can be used with both hands to apply cleansers, lotions and treatments to your back as it would otherwise be very difficult by yourself. Cleanse the affected area, rinse as best you can and pat dry.
Apply a body acne treatment
You will want to purchase a body acne treatment with either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in it. Just remember that benzoyl peroxide is more drying and a little harsher than salicylic acid. In fact, benzoyl peroxide is a natural bleaching agent, so you need to make sure that you wear only white clothes to bed and that you have white sheets and pillowcases. Otherwise, your clothing, sheets and pillowcases may get bleached unnecessarily. Allow this treatment to dry.
Moisturize the area
After the treatment has dried, you will need to moisturize because both of those treatments are very drying to the skin, and the goal is to dry out the acne but not dry out the skin. Replenish the moisture with a moisturizer that does not contain pore-clogging oils. Allow this to dry as well before putting on your pajamas.
Go to sleep.
Again, make sure that if you are using benzoyl peroxide, you have white sheets and clothing to wear. You should also try to sleep on newly cleansed sheets as much as possible. Sometimes, people wait too long to change the sheets, and oils and dirt accumulate there. You can actually clog your pores while you sleep. Always change your pillowcase at least once every two nights, and never use pajamas more than once.
Finally, check out your new skin in the morning. You will notice a marked difference between the skin you went to bed with and the skin you have in the morning. You can find all of the products listed in this tutorial online or at your local pharmacy.