What is it about autumn? As soon as the weather even begins to turn even slightly colder, my acne rears its ugly head. Is it going from freezing to the too-warm confines of a heated house and my skin doesn’t know what’s hit it? Likely because it happens every year, without fail. But my issue doesn’t just steam from spots on my face, which makes them much harder to treat. From your back to your bum to your boobs, for many acne isn’t content inflicting its hell solely upon the face – in fact, the only place on your body immune to acne is the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet – but there are products that can help banish these particular types of breakouts. And as a woman who has suffered various bouts of body acne on and off for years (and is in the midst of a battle once again), I can attest that no one product will work complete miracles – often it’s something in the blood or hormone related which is a separate issue to treat – but used regularly, these three products do help manage and keep the spots in check:
First off, a medicated, targeted wash or bar containing exfoliating salicylic acid, which stimulates healthy cell turnover while calming inflammation is a good place to start. I love Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body, €22, contains 2% salicylic acid to zap bacteria. It leaves skin soft and supple and doesn’t aggravate the skin. Great for the chest area in particular.
For hard-to-reach areas, the super La Roche-Posay Serozinc , €18.50 targets any new outbreaks and aids the clearing of any mild old scarring. You can spray it as many times as you like and it helps keep bacteria constantly at bay. This was the only product that successfully aided the very harsh outbreaks on my back.
When I’m on the go during the warm summer weather, these IMAGE Skincare Clear Cell Salicylic Clarifying Pads, €35 are excellent spot-busters. The salicylic/glycolic acid skin pads work to remove impurities and excess oil. They are ideal for on-the-road cleansing and for use after physical activities. These can also be used on the face as a mini-exfoliant during the week.