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How To Prevent Body Acne

Acne breakouts are common on people who have genetically oily or acneic skin, but they can also occur with the use of pore-clogging skin and hair care products. Here are 6 tips to help control and prevent body acne.

Wearing natural fibres:

Avoid wearing scratchy, itchy or tight fabrics and choose fabrics that are breathable, like cotton. This helps keep skin to breathe and be free from congestion caused by trapped sweat, dead skin cells, excess oil and bacteria.

Shower after exercise:

Letting sweat linger promotes an acne-friendly environment on your skin. If you can’t shower right away apply a product that contains Salicylic Acid, we recommend Dermalogica All Over Toner a mist for the face and body. This will help to help purify and clear skin from excess oils. Existing breakouts may also benefit from a Salicylic Acid spot treatment.


Acne-prone skin tends to shed more skin cells, which can clog pores and cause acne if they aren’t removed. Exfoliate with a gentle body scrub at least once or twice a week to help prevent acne.


When your body’s moisture levels are off balance, your skin can overproduce oil to compensate. Moisturise daily with a non pore clogging product to help prevent this.

Clean your mobile phone:

Even if you don’t hold your phone against your face, you touch it with your hands, which then touch your face and spread breakout-causing bacteria. Clean it daily with an anti-bacterial wipe.

Wash your pillow case:

Your pillowcase can collect oil, skin cells, bacteria and pore-clogging residue from hair products, these are all things that contribute to acne. You should wash not just your pillow case but your bedding at least once or twice a week to help reduce congestion. Also avoid using fabric softener or dryer sheets, which are often made with softening agents that can clog pores or irritate sensitive skin.

View below featured products we recommend to prevent body acne.

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Emielia Echeverri
Friday, January 24, 2020
Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream 295ml
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Body Hydrating Cream 295ml


Lock in moisture and relieve dryness with this luxurious body lotion. With hydroxy acids, essential oils and botanicals to gently exfoliate, smooth and hydrate.

£39.00 £33.50
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Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster 30ml
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Breakout Clearing Booster 30ml


A fast-acting acne treatment for teenage skin that works within 15-minute targeting blemish inducing bacteria.

£25.00 £21.50
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Tea Tree And Aloe Blemish Control Gel Stick 8ml


Work to soothe and calm breakouts, blemishes and skin irritations.


AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum 200ml


A moisturising body serum, designed to hydrate and exfoliate skin. Leaving you with a radiant natural glow.