Here’s Why Acne Pops up on These Body Parts

view of a woman's back covered in acne

Acne is often labeled as a problem that only affects teens, but, as we all know, it is a painful and embarrassing condition that can follow you for your entire life. And though those bulbous cystic zits that pop up on the face are undoubtedly the worst, we sometimes forget, especially during colder months, about the bumps that appear on other parts of our bodies.

Just like a large zit forming on your chin may be telling you it’s almost “that time of the month,” breakouts on other parts aren’t just meant to be a nuisance—it may be your body trying to tell you something about your habits.

Since we think it’s important to listen to your body, we’ve made a helpful “zit cheat sheet” for you to reference below. If any of these ring true, it may be time to make some changes!

  1. Back

    Back acne, or ‘bacne’ as it is so affectionately called, is one of the most dreaded parts of swimsuit season. Even if you have a rokcin’ summer bod to show off, unsightly blemishes in this area can make all of that working out seem useless!

    As with other parts of your body, acne that pops up on your back can come in many different forms, from small whiteheads to large cysts. These zits can appear for a variety of reasons, including using oil-based products – sunscreens are infamous for this! – to drug abuse to carrying backpacks or wearing tight clothing.

    To get rid of ‘bacne’ for good, focus on first changing your habits, then take a trip to your local drug store. Some sufferers report that products containing salicylic acid do a good job at taking care of the condition.

  2. Scalp

    I’m not going to lie—there are times when I feel grateful for getting a zit on my scalp instead of my nose. At least no one can see it, right? Nevertheless, it’s hard to deny that these sneaky blemishes are annoying and, most of all, painful!

    Experts believe that acne on the scalp is caused by either skin sensitivities from hair products, or even environmental conditions like hot weather, but one of the absolute worst culprits is dandruff. Dandruff affects the oil production in this part of the body, sometimes causing bumps to form.

    To get rid of them altogether, focus on using products that are labeled ‘non-comedogenic,’ and sticking with gentle, anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner.

  3. Butt

    Like the scalp, this is another area that we don’t always pay too much attention, even if we all know that suffering from zits on the behind is anything but pleasant!

    Acne on the buttocks usually pops up during warm, humid months, and can be caused by moisture becoming trapped between tight layers of clothing. As with all forms of acne, the root cause could be using oil-based products or even laundry detergent that contains allergens.

    The first recommended step is to wear looser-fitting underwear that is breathable; this should help create more air flow and reduce sweat.

To read even more facts about body acne and its causes, be sure to read Remedy Daily’s article here. Sometimes making small adjustments like these can make a big change in your appearance!

Do you suffer from body acne? Have you found any remedies that work well for you? Do you have any zit-related horror stories? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!