Shoulder acne is probably the last thing you’d like to have especially if you both have a body and skin that are worth flaunting. Your skin is susceptible to irritations during summer because of the heat and even humidity.
And as this condition has also affected my son’s confidence in ways only he could explain, it has suddenly become my goal to know the ways on how to get rid of shoulder acne.
Throughout this article, you’ll learn the things that could significantly reduce or even obliterate the acne on your shoulder area. But before we head to these, it’s crucial that you go set up an appointment with your dermatologist first as it is important to determine the root cause of it all.
Things You’ll Need
The first method will only require you of the following:
1.) Exfoliating Shower Mitt
Choosing the right kind of shower mitt isn’t that difficult as all of them are mostly designed to do one task — exfoliation. Your shower mitt should also be made with a fabric texture that is not rough enough to irritate your skin.
2.) Body Cleanser
Your body cleanser should be the medicated one. I recommend you to talk first with your resident dermatologist which type of body cleanser your skin really needs.
Method #1: That Secret Regimen
1.) Right after your workout or yoga, you may proceed to shower. Your body oils can gather on your shoulders due to heat and physical exertion. As such, if you’re trying to alleviate acne on your shoulders, it is best that you cleanse them after you sweat.
2.) Exfoliate your shoulders with your favorite product while you shower. This important step should be done as your pores are blocked by dead skin cells, which can ultimately cause breakouts.
While exfoliating, you may use your shower mitt to massage your shoulders and eliminate these dead skin cells. You may want to do this as gently as you can as excessive exfoliation could irritate the area.
3.) Your body cleanser should have acne-fighting ingredients. I’d recommend a cleansing product that is specially formulated for body acne. You can use any product that has benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxyl acid. It should be noted, though, that you veer away from the prolonged exposure to the sun as overexposure can worsen the condition.
4.) Avoid irritating soaps when you have shoulder acne. I’d suggest that you stick to your body acne cleanser until you see that the breakouts have cleared up. Ever since my son has got his shoulder acne, we immediately stopped using fabric softeners as these can weaken your solution.
When you follow this method, always ensure that you wear loose clothing as tight-fitting shirts can seriously irritate your skin.
Method #2: The Home-Based Natural Remedies
Here are some of the most natural remedies that are not only safe, but are also effective and inexpensive:
1.) Tea Tree Oil
This is by far the most universally used treatment that has also resolved many acne cases. Ever since it was introduced, tea tree oil’s properties have been studied further.
As such, it was revealed that this oil is enriched with anti-bacterial properties and has been widely used as an antiseptic. In addition, this oil can help you moisturize your skin quite well. Ultimately, you may also find that tea tree oil is unbelievably affordable.
If this is your first time to use tea tree oil, please dilute it with few drops or a tablespoon of olive oil. Olive oil will naturally add some needed smoothness and softness to your skin while it provides you that great resistance to toxins in the environment.
2.) Apple Cider Vinegar
This great kitchen wonder has always been favored to cure some of the world’s most problematic skin problems — and that includes shoulder acne. It will aid your skin balance out its pH and should naturally prevent it from breakouts.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also being used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent.On your shoulder acne area, apply ACV. Meanwhile, please ensure that you dilute it with some water before going at it. I’d also consume ACV with honey and water to optimize its results.
3.) Green Tea
Inarguably my favorite morning and evening drink, green tea can also help alleviate your shoulder acne. Soak a sachet of any green tea product in your cup with hot water. As it cools down, pour everything into a spray bottle. Add more water if you could, but it should not be more than ½ cup.
Right after you bathe, spritz the diluted green tea onto your shoulder acne area. Dry pat your shoulder with a clean towel. I’d usually perform this task on a daily basis on my son’s shoulder. In no time, I’ve seen some notable progress.
I’ve also learned that green tea has a surging level of antioxidant that could potentially eliminate your inflamed and drying shoulder. If you’re housing too much oil in your body, this tea may also help as it controls the sebum’s production.
4.) Honey And Turmeric Mask
Another sebum-controlling agent, turmeric is also known for its ability to prevent scarring. Along with honey, these two can act as both your moisturizer and body oil controller.
Simply mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with two tablespoons of any product of organic honey then apply them onto the acne area. Let the mask sit on the affected area for at least 15 minutes.
5.) Milk Of Magnesia
Along with green tea and turmeric powder, milk of magnesia also has the ability to reduce oil and sebum production. Moreover, it acts as an agent that balances out your body’s pH and your skin temperature. If your pores are clogged, this prized milk may also do wonders for your skin.
To apply, you just have to clean your face thoroughly first then pat it dry with a towel to remove the excess moisture. Now, apply a thin layer of any milk of magnesia product on your face using a cotton ball. As this has a calamine lotion-like texture, I’d advise you to use it in small amounts. Allow it to dry.
If you happen to go out at the time you milk of magnesia on your face, you can still put on your regular make-up. You may also dab some loose powder to add some smoothness to it.
Yes, you’re reading this quite correctly! Apart from its renowned pain-reducing qualities, your good old aspirin is also armed with healing properties. This may also work efficiently for you if you are both addressing some acne and dandruff issues.
Just crush about five tablets of aspirin until you pulverize them in a powder form. Mix the powdered aspirin along with three tablespoons of distilled water and a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. Make sure that you apply this mixture on the affected area only.
7.) Sea Cucumber Gel
I never thought that the one that had finally gotten rid of my stretch marks can also do similar results to acne that still haunts you with annoying scars! Sea cucumber gel is likewise known for its soothing qualities that can ease your wounds quite easily.
Now, most sea cucumber gels are rarely found in local pharmacies or even in your most trusted beauty stores. You can also order them online, so you might want to go on that first before heading to the nearest store.
If your skin a bit too sensitive and can only handle a once-a-week type of pampering, then oatmeal might work for you. With just a tablespoon of honey and a juice of half a lemon, your cup of cooked oatmeal can do away some of these permeating acne. This will help you with skin exfoliation, pore cleansing, and oil absorption.
Simply mix all of these ingredients and rub the mixture against the affected area. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this regimen every week.
Winning Tips To Make These Ingredients More Effective
As we have heavily concentrated on things that you can apply topically, getting rid of your shoulder acne may also depend upon significantly on the food that you consume. For most of us, who in one way or another, have experienced these skin problems, we have come to witness that diet is also key to a clear skin.Here are some of them that you need to consume:
- Plenty of water. Preferably 8 glasses of water on a daily basis.
- Reduce sugar intake.
- Cut back on alcohol.
- Junk foods are a no-no.
- Remove dairy products.
- More green, leafy vegetables.
- Dark Chocolates? No problem!
- Berries that are rich in antioxidant.
- Oysters! Yes!
- Did I not mention green tea earlier?
Your difficult days of dressing up awkwardly will soon be sent to oblivion as you’re now about to incorporate these essential ingredients into your shoulder acne regimen!
And as you choose one or two of them, ensure that you already have an idea as to which type of skin you’re currently sporting as this could either get rid of your shoulder acne or propel you further to an even more distressing situation.
Ultimately, it’s crucial that you speak to a dermatologist beforehand prior to testing these things on your skin. Upon doing so, these voluminous amount of proven ways should be able to guide you thoroughly.
If you feel like sharing your tips on how you got rid of your shoulder acne, please feel free to sound your experiences on the comment section below.