AcneWhispererTV: All About Body Exfoliation

With the winter season slipping away, you might find yourself with dry, rough skin, a case of Keratosis Pilaris, or even body acne! As spring gets closer and you shed the layers of thermal long-johns, socks, and the rest of your winter gear, you'll find yourself needing to shed all the dead skin-cells that have built up all winter long. 

In this AcneWhispererTV video, I'm going to explain just how you can properly exfoliate your body to get rid of that build-up and how to prevent KP or ingrown hairs!

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4 Steps To Reduce Keratosis Pilaris

"What’s with this bumpiness on my arms, and why do I break out on my butt all the time?!"

I get asked this question a lot

The answer? 

The bumpiness and breakouts are caused by a condition called Keratosis Pilaris, or as its commonly referred to, "KP".

KP occurs when skin cells over-accumulate protein granules before they are supposed to gather together to form the protective top layer of the skin while mixing with normal bodily oils and waxes. What happens next is a prickly mess built up in many pores, resulting in that “goose-bumpy” feeling and the prevention of hairs from coming through the follicle properly, which leads to a few pimples.
On the buttocks and thighs, the pressure and friction from sitting and from rough clothing (like jeans) pushes more dead skin cells and oils into the pores, causing more clogging and irritation.

The answer to this nightmare is to get into the routine of exfoliation to slough away dead cells from both inside and outside the pores, moisturize without pore clogging, and protect your skin from friction. 

How To Manage Body Acne Breakouts

I've spoken extensively about facial acne on this blog, but in addition to tweaking skincare and make-up habits, people who suffer from Adult Acne also have to deal with acne on various parts of their body.

As the winter season is starting to give way into spring, you're more likely to notice that there are breakouts on your shoulders and back. 

These breakouts on the back or chest are often caused by excess oil, along with warmth from sweat, and the friction caused by the many layers worn during colder months. Friction is especially a factor in cases where work-out sessions are not followed by a shower. For those with sensitive skin: body acne can also be caused by residue from the harsh ingredients in dryer sheets. 

In order to feel confident baring your skin as the weather warms up, here are a few tips and suggestions on clearing up existing body breakouts and keeping them away for good:

A Remedy For Rough Skin

As with dry skin or with adult acne and dehydration issues, learning how to deal with the rough skin and calluses on your body can really be a pain of trial and error during the winter months.

These rough conditions are actually designed to protect your skin from friction, pressure, and rubbing. It makes sense that the roughness would happen at the places that hold you up and help you keep your balance. The joints especially show signs of hard work -- your elbows, knuckles, knees, ankles, heels and the balls of your feet. However, despite the benefit, this roughness and dryness often feels like your skin has gone haywire and usually doesn't feel very comfortable.