Body acne doesn't discriminate—it affects people of all ages, sizes, genders, and skin types. "Body acne is often more stubborn than face acne," said holistic dermatologist Cybele Fishman, M.D. Some people get body acne without facial acne, and others get the reverse, or both.
It's hard to know what's causing body acne. A hormonal shift may be to blame, but switching personal care products, wearing your hair differently, starting a new workout, wearing new clothing, and even using a different detergent can cause body acne.
One thing's for sure—no matter where it is or why it's happening, body acne is a confidence killer. Having body acne can keep anyone from working out, wanting to have sex, being in a bathing suit, and even prevent you from wearing certain outfits (hi, backless dress). If you have body acne, don't fret. There are a number of things you can add to—and remove from—your regimen to start clearing up the issue.