How to Clear Up Shoulder Acne

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Shoulder acne is a form of body acne, a relatively common skin condition. Most people with facial acne also will develop some form of body acne. Shoulder acne can be more serious than acne found on the face. The skin on your shoulders is thicker and has larger pores that can secrete a greater amount of oil and cause acne scars and lesions of greater severity. Because of clothing and showering, there also can be a greater amount of irritation to the affected areas. However, there are ways you can improve the condition of the acne on your shoulders.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild, nonabrasive cleanser
  • Cream containing benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acid
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Do not use a loofah, a washcloth or a sponge when showering; instead, wash your shoulders with your hands. Don't apply soap or body wash to the acne on your shoulders, as the chemicals in these products can increase irritation. Instead, quickly wash the area with a mild, nonabrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. After showering, gently pat--don't rub--your skin dry.

  • Apply a mild gel or cream containing benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA, to your acne. AHA removes dead skin cells on the top layer of skin, which will unclog dirt and excess oil from your pores. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that causes acne by exposing the pores to oxygen.

  • Wear shirts made of a light-weight, soft, breathable fabric, such as cotton. Fabrics such as wool or polyester can irritate the skin. After exercising, shower and change your clothing, as clothing damp with sweat can irritate your acne and be a breeding ground for bacteria.

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