Top tips to beat body acne

A clean back can help you have a clear back.

Blemishes and breakouts don’t necessarily just appear on your face. Acne can show up anywhere on your body. Here’s how you can beat it.

We all fret over a tiny blemish, especially when it shows up at the most inconvenient time. Men and women both suffer from breakouts, and I can assure you that nobody is thrilled when it happens. Much like facial breakouts, body breakouts can ruin your day, so what can you do about it? The importance of hygiene when it comes to the overall health and appearance of skin cannot be overstated. There are no worse culprits than dirt and bacteria when it comes to blemishes and breakouts, so here are some rules to follow.

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Facial Acne

Everyone, men and women alike, must cleanse their face and their body every single day. Facial cleansing is a must and should be done in the morning and the evening before bedtime. Choose a cleanser that is most appropriate for your skin type. If you have frequent breakouts, your skin is probably on the oily side, so choose a gel-based cleanser that’ll help control and remove sebum from the skin.

Bonus Tip: If you have frequent breakouts on your cheeks, be sure you are cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis. And, make sure your telephones are cleaned regularly as well. The transfer of bacteria can only cause problems for your skin.

Neck Breakouts

As if facial breakouts weren’t bad enough, some of you deal with breakouts on your neck area, too. If your hair is long enough where it touches your neck and shoulders, then you must keep it clean. The constant contact between skin and hair can transfer oils, bacteria and hair products to your skin, causing irritation and breakouts. Keep it pulled away from your skin, especially while sleeping.

Bonus Tip:
Be wary of collars that are too tight. The tightness of fabrics can irritate your skin. If you wear a lot of necklaces and scarfs, keep the jewelry and the scarfs clean to limit transfer of bacteria to your neck area. Lastly, when it comes to cleansing, always treat your neck as an extension of your face and be sure to wash in the morning and night to remove any dirt.

Shoulder Irritation

Have you noticed blemishes and breakouts on your shoulder area? There are a couple of things to think about. Make sure your bra straps are resting comfortably on your shoulders and aren’t too tight. If you’re wearing tank tops, the same thing goes. For men and women who carry messenger bags, back packs or purses, keep them light. A bag that’s too heavy, coupled with friction, can lead to skin irritation and breakouts.

Leg Breakouts

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding breakouts on your legs and thighs. When it comes to the upper part of your legs, there can be several culprits that cause those unsightly pimples. In many cases, you may be having a reaction to body lotions, creams, shower gels, laundry detergents, bleach, dryer sheets, you name it. Pay attention if you notice your skin breaking out. For lower legs, you may notice irritation after shaving. Be sure to use a fresh, clean razor, warm water and be wary of leaving depilatory creams on for too long, or applying self tanner right after a fresh shave.

Bonus Tip: Just like the rest of your body, your legs don’t like to be wrapped too tight. Opt for looser fitting pants and remove any elastic fabrics as soon as possible after a long day.

Acne on Your Rear

I take it back; there is something worse than finding breakouts on your legs, like finding breakouts on your butt! Make sure to keep those undies clean, not too tight and find a material that’s breathable. Again, be conscientious of the laundry detergent you use, as some are filled with deodorizers and detergents that can be irritating to your skin. Make sure to keep your backside moisturized as well.

Back Acne (or Bacne)

Back acne or bacne is very common. There are so many contributors to back acne, including tight clothing, excessive sweating, not showering right after exercising and laying your back against dirty athletic equipment or even a yoga mat. The key here comes right back to cleansing your skin to keep it free from germs and bacteria.

    More body acne tips:
  • Bathe, shower and embrace a daily facial skin care regimen.
  • Look for blemish fighting products in all forms, including facial care, spot treatments and even body washes and soaps.
  • Hand sanitizer, especially in a spray form, can be your best friend when it comes to avoiding dirt and germs that could be causing your breakouts.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife.

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Expert tips and tricks to remove makeup

Expert tips and tricks to remove makeupYou could have been doing it wrong for years! I’m talking about the way you remove makeup before bed. This classic beauty lesson can use an update with all of the advancements in cosmetics.

I can’t be the only one out there who’s woken up in the morning looking like a ragged raccoon. Late night laziness has, on occasion, gotten the best of me when it comes to removing my makeup at bedtime. On those occasions when I fore-go the quest for freshly cleansed skin because I’m just too tired to remove makeup, I certainly wake up to regret it. How can we look so fabulous one minute and then after several hours of sleep, look like the walking dead? There’s got to be a better way.

With new technologies for cosmetics out there, it’s no surprise that removing makeup isn’t at the top of your favorite to-do list. Long lasting formulas have taken makeup removal to a whole new level. And boy, are they long lasting! And by long lasting, I mean very difficult to remove.  In a perfect world we could sleep in our eye shadow, eyeliner and waterproof mascara and wake up looking sexy and sultry. But, unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and waking up looking sexy just doesn’t happen! In fact, it’s quite the opposite effect. It’s like Halloween each morning we don’t get rid of makeup from the night before. What are the major down sides to NOT removing your makeup? It’s a major beauty sin that’s for sure. Your pores can become clogged resulting in blemishes. Skin can become irritated, pores can look enlarged, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. It can leave you looking, dare I say it, OLDER as a result. Your pillowcases become incredibly smudged. You can scare the living daylights out of the first person you see in the morning…. That alone should be motivation to spend the few minutes necessary to remove makeup before bedtime! Remember, just like us, our skin needs to breathe. Treat it well at bedtime, and you can wake up looking fresh and fabulous.

How to remove makeup

The options

There are several options for makeup removal. There are traditional facial cleansers that are great for most light cosmetics, but might not be effective for heavier or long lasting makeup. There are the old school cold creams that definitely do work. Cleansing cloths or wipes are always handy, especially when you’re in a lazy mood. In fact, I know myself well enough to keep some cleansing cloths and night cream on my nightstand for those evenings I’m just exhausted. I’ve been known to remove makeup without even leaving my bed. Yes, lazy, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do in the name of fabulous skin!

Makeup removal x2

Effectively removing your facial makeup is a multi-step process to really do the job right. Whether you choose to use a cleanser and a washcloth or a makeup-removing wipe, you should give your skin a quick once over to remove the heavier surface makeup. Then, cleanse again to really get that makeup off your skin and allow it to breathe.  This depends on how much makeup you wear. If you have foundation, blush, bronzer and concealer even before you get to eye makeup, then cleansing twice might be for you. My personal routine is to use a makeup-removing wipe first to get the bulk of the residue off my skin. I follow this by washing off excess residue with my favorite cleanser. If you’re going to take the time to remove makeup, then do it effectively and take ALL of it off.

Removing eye makeup

It’s a good idea to have makeup remover specially formulated for the eye area—especially if you’re one of those that wears heavy eye makeup. Eye makeup removers come in liquid form or in pre-moistened pads. An oil based eye makeup remover is great for waterproof mascara or eyeliner. You can also find hydrating formulas that won’t dry out the skin around your eyes. For liquid formulas, simply apply with a cotton puff and gently remove makeup from your eyes. My favorite are the pre-moistened pads because they’re convenient and do the trick for removing my favorite long lasting eyeliner. It’s important to never tug the delicate skin around your eyes. This is a big mistake some women make when they struggle to remove their long lasting eye makeup. You need to take it easy when you take it off. If you use a moistened cotton puff or a pre-moistened pad, hold it against your eye for a few seconds before you start wiping away the makeup.  By holding the pad or puff in place, it helps to loosen the makeup from your skin and eyelashes. When you loosen the makeup, you won’t have to take an aggressive approach to rubbing away your makeup. If you have any traces of eye makeup lingering under your bottom lashes, use a cotton swab dipped in remover to get rid of it. It’s important to be gentle, gentle, gentle.


Once your face is fresh and clean, go ahead and apply your toner especially if you have oily skin. This will help remove any traces of makeup or cleanser left behind. It’s also a good base to prepare your skin for your much-needed moisturizer. Apply your night cream and your eye cream to replenish your skin and hydrate while you sleep. Your skin will appreciate it.

Extra tips

  • No matter how tired or lazy you feel, spend an extra few minutes to remove makeup.
  • Always remove your eye makeup first because it’s the most difficult remove. The last thing you want to do is transfer mascara to your cheeks after you have just gotten them perfectly makeup free.
  • Don’t forget to remove makeup from your brushes once in a while. If you need a refresher on how to do this, take a look at my previous post.

What are some of your favorite tips to remove makeup? Do you have any time saving nighttime beauty tricks? Please tell me in the comments section below. We’re all so busy these days, but it’s important not to commit the biggest beauty sin of all…sleeping with makeup on!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at HerbalifeDiscover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.

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