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21 Tips And Products That'll Actually Help You Get Rid Of Body Acne

Put those pimples to rest.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the tips and products that helped them get rid of body acne. Here are the (clear) results:

Remember, these tips are sourced not from medical experts per se but from regular folks sharing what's worked for them. Always consult a doctor before starting a treatment of any kind.

2. Treat yourself to a best-selling bentonite clay mask that isn't ~pottering~ around.


Bentonite clay is made from volcanic ash, and produces an electrical charge when it comes into contact with fluids. Mix this clay with water and ACV to make a mask that you can feel pulling the gunk from your pores.

Get it from Amazon for $9.83+.


3. Plot the demise of dry, itchy pimples with Pond's makeup remover.

"I used to have a lot of dry, itchy chest and back acne and I slather some on before I go to bed. I've been doing this for years and not only is my skin totally clear, it's well moisturized every day when I wake up. It's so cheap and clears all my blemishes (face, neck, chest, etc.) almost overnight. 10/10!" —meghanj4637b22d8

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $19.77.

4. Put an end to cystic acne with Humane Face and Body Wash.

"The Humane face and body wash on Amazon. It is amazing and the only cleanser I have found that clears up my cystic acne, and the price is awesome. This, plus the Bareminerals Complexion Rescue cream keeps my face clear and I actually get compliments now!" —leahh20

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

5. Rid yourself of pimples naturally with a sulfur-based soap.

"SAL3 soap! Not the best smell in the world (it's made with sulfur) but after just two showers my back and shoulder spots just about disappeared! And it's pretty cheap!" —emilyk42e5c9292

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

6. Or use a sulfur-based acne treatment for those pesky spots.

"The EradiKate Acne Treatment by Kate Somerville is life-changing. The sulfur in it helps my acne in a way that salicylic acid never does – put it on a spot before bed, and it will literally dry up overnight. HOLY GRAIL!" —itsshayningmen

Get it from Kate Somerville for $26.


7. Say no to blackheads with Nobacter soap.

"I used to have severe comedonal acne on my whole back, chest and shoulders. Comedonal acne symptoms mostly are inflamed pimples, bumpiness, blackheads, and milia. So I went to my dermatologist and prescribed me a solution called 'Erythromycin' to dry the skin and prevent the reappearance of new pimples, and it helped a lot. Concerning the blackheads, I used a magical soap called 'Nobacter' to prevent blackhead's infection and the apparition of new ones." —c46e88de7f

Get Nobacter from Amazon for $16.76 or Jet for $15.32+.

For more information on prescription acne medicine, ask your dermatologist if it is right for you.

8. Exfoliate with raw honey when your pimples are on their worst ~beehive-iour~.

"Raw, unfiltered honey! It's anti-bacterial, promotes healing, and helps reduce inflammation. It also is a gentle exfoliant since most raw honey contains bits of honeycomb! I have dealt with mild/moderate acne my entire life." —morganneb3

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

9. Heal things up with Mario Badescu acne starter kit.,

"I use Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask along with the drying lotion for bad breakouts and the rosewater spray. I do it three or four times a week and I've seen results. Also moisturizing properly and washing your face every morning and night has really cleared up my face, I wish I had started the routine sooner."


Get the Mario Badescu acne starter kit from Amazon for $30 or try the rosewater for $7.


11. Get your pH back in balance and say goodbye to baaaad zits with goats milk soap.

"Goats milk soap!! Preferably a bar that also has activated charcoal. The goats milk pH is REALLY close the the balanced pH for human skin. My skin is baby soft now!" —charisb2

Get it from Eldridge Organics on Etsy for $6.50.

12. Scrub away dead skin cells with Buf-Puf body sponge.

"My doctor swears by the Buf-Puf body sponge, and it has done wonders on both my face and body acne. I had shoulder and chest acne (the worst kind) before I started using it, and not they are totally gone. " –Hannah Pinover, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $7.75 or Jet for $4.44.

13. Moisturize dry skin and problem areas with African black soap.

"The shea moisture African black soap with shea butter helped a lot with my acne. With daily use in the shower, it cleared up most of my back/chest/arm/face acne." —Alexa M.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

14. Stay in charge of your breakouts with PCA blemish control bar.

"PCA skin blemish control bar. It's a little pricier, but so worth it. I use it on both my face and my body, and I can definitely tell a difference the next day in the quality of my skin. And if you order it through the Dermstore website, not only do they have free shipping but they also have the option to sign up for a subscription so you can save a little money (it takes me about 2 months to go through a blemish control bar, so that's what I set the subscription to, and I save about $6 per bar)." —Jessica T.

Get it from Dermstore for $33.15+


15. Heal your acne-prone skin with witch hazel toner.

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"Witch hazel. It'll clear up just about any pimple that I have." —christalslily

Get a witch hazel toner from Amazon for $14.95 or learn how to make your own here.

16. Attack the bacteria that causes acne for up to six hours with antimicrobial Hibicleanse.

"Hibicleanse is the only thing that's worked for me! It has done wonders for me. I've been using it religiously for 3 years now. Just never get it near your mouth or eyes!" –Hannah M.

Get it from Amazon for $17.56.

17. If over-the-counter products aren't cutting it, consider talking to a healthcare professional about birth control.


"It's not very inclusive and definitely not for everyone but getting on birth control really helped with mine!" —daphpark

"Hormonal birth control (the pill). I always had clear skin on my face, but horrible, painful cystic acne on my back (so painful that it sometimes hurt to lay on my back or wear clothes). I would spot treat it with prescription ointment from my doctor, but it would keep coming back. Then I went on the pill and the acne went away in about three days and has never returned. If you have hormonal acne problems, then it's worth speaking to your doctor about it." –olivejuice520

Talk to your doctor to see if hormonal birth control is right for you.

18. Give your skin a deep detox with Gender Bender soap, no kale needed.


The ingredients in this soap can hold up to 1,000 times their weight in free radicals and pollution, so it will clear out of all the nasty stuff clogging up your pores.

Get it from Perfectly Posh for $9.


19. Change up your shower routine, and it could change your life.


"Wash your body AFTER you rinse off your conditioner. I clip my hair up after rinsing the conditioner so my hair is completely out of the way. Many of the ingredients in conditioners can clog your pores, and so it's important to wash that off of your skin." —mjb7

Be sure to shower after an exceptionally sweaty day, as well. Find more acne tips like this from the experts here.

20. Invest in a quality tea tree oil soap.

Maddie S.

Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic, and it is great for acne. This foaming cleanser will help dry out your skin, but it won't ~over dry~ it like other cleansers.

Get it from Amazon for $9.

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