For most of use, when we hear the word “acne” we think of someone usually in their teens and usually with spots on their face. However, this is a totally inaccurate perception of what an acne sufferer is. Acne can occur at any age, and adult acne doesn’t always manifest on your face. With this in mind, we thought we’d look at five place where you don’t expect to acne, but sometimes still do:
When you think logically, the scalp is actually a really obvious place for acne to occur – it’s a sebaceous area which produces oils, and rarely gets exfoliated, unless you have very short hair. This means that it’s easy for the pores to get blocked with excess oils and for acne to occur. Acne can also be exacerbated by underlying dryness, so treating your scalp with Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Hair and Scalp Mask would be a good place to start.
Okay, so no-one wants to talk about having a spotty bottom, but believe us, it’s more common than you may think. One issue with the buttocks is that they deal with a lot of friction but often aren’t included in your exfoliation routine. Investing in an Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush and regularly dry brushing the area will dramatically improve the appearance of acne on your buttocks.
Acne in the armpits is usually exacerbated by shaving, so opting for a different hair removal method may help. However, if you absolutely must shave, ensure you prep your skin with Elemis Sea Lavender and Samphire Salt Scrub to lift the hairs and prevent your pores from becoming clogged.
The ears are another place where the skin has similar oil-producing properties for the face, which means that acne is able to form there. Acne in the ear is generally caused by a buildup of dirt, shampoo and earwax and can be quite tricky to treat. The best thing is to leave them to heal naturally and don’t be tempted to pick at or pop any spots that occur. While we don’t advocate putting anything IN your ear, you can try dabbing a little Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Booster onto spots which erupt on the outer part of the ear.
Acne doesn’t just stop where your face ends – spots will often develop on your neck and even your upper chest, too. The best way to deal with this is to invest in an acne-busting kit like Dermalogica Clear Start Clearly Matte Kit and make sure you include your neck and chest in your daily routine.