Acne Clothing

How clothing causes acne

Acne can appear on any parts of the body – especially on the face, arms, neck, back, and buttocks. One main cause and worsening of body acne is wearing the wrong types of clothes. Clothes that are made from certain materials prevent sweating and do not allow the body to breathe. The sweat gets trapped in the body and this could cause acne.  

Tight clothing is the main contributing factor to back acne. This causes excess oil to remain on the skin and traps dead skin cells, dirt and sweat too. Heat and moisture also get trapped. A combination of these factors irritates the skin, clog pores and form or exacerbate body acne – especially back acne.

Types of materials that is bad or good for acne

Type of fabric : If your wardrobe consists of clothes made from synthetic or polyester fibers, throw them out – especially if you are prone to body acne. Synthetic fabrics trap dirt and sweat on the skin, clog pores and cause acne. Hence, even if you do own these clothes, wear them for short periods during cooler weather. You must never wear synthetic clothes for long hours or when you are exercising. Use light, cotton, clothes that breathe, for longer durations. Always ensure your clothes are freshly laundered. Do not repeat wearing the same clothes for they will retain dead skin, dirt and sweat. 

Loose clothing : Another important factor to remember is that tight, stretchy clothes or heavy layers of clothes increase friction on the skin, therefore aggravating body acne. Wear loose clothes that prevent friction. When you wear tight workout clothes, make sure you remove them immediately, shower and wash the clothes too. 

Butt acne and clothes : Butt acne is a painful condition that is discomforting and irritating. It can be simple bumps or painful, pus-filled pustules. Butt acne can restrict movement. You will find it difficult to sit comfortably for long hours or take part in outdoor activities like exercising at the gym, swimming, volleyball etc. Hormonal changes in the body like pregnancy, menstruation or certain medications such as steroids cause butt acne.

Another cause is excessive perspiration on the butt caused by tight fitting clothing. Since the buttocks are affected, the right selection of underwear is important to prevent acne. Buy underwear made from natural cotton fibers and avoid synthetic fibers like nylon. Innerwear made from polyester or nylon may look good, but they irritate the skin and aggravate acne symptoms.

acne clothing Choose soft cotton innerwear that allows better air circulation. Keep the affected area cool and dry. Change underwear at least twice a day to prevent dirt and sweat clogging the buttocks. 

Gym Clothes : Regular exercise in thick, synthetic clothing causes excessive sweat to get trapped on the skin, causing back acne. Light cotton and Lycra clothing meant specifically for work-outs help to keep sweat away from the body, allows the body to breathe and clears up body acne. 

Gym clothes must be made from cotton fabrics and not synthetic fabrics. When you work out at a gym that offers a steam room, make sure you have a steam shower right after your workout. This allows you to get out of your sweaty and dirty workout clothes, wash your body, clear, unclog pores, and prevent acne outbreaks.

Summary and recommendation

Friction from clothes is one cause of body acne getting aggravated. Apart from wearing loose, clean, clothing, made from soft cotton fabrics, make sure you do not use tight accessories for long periods such as helmets, caps, hats, backpacks, handbags etc.

Some materials could aggravate acne symptoms. So, if after using any of these accessories you find that your acne worsens, and then stop using them. You can try getting helmets with a protective undercover. If you carry backpacks for long periods, you can try using a cotton undershirt that provides protection to your skin.

Other simple remedies:

  • Keep clothes clean
  • Do not use harsh detergents to wash clothes
  • Avoid wearing dirty clothes
  • Make sure bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets and other bed linen are washed frequently to avoid contamination from acne bacteria.

Controlling acne breakout is an important precaution to avoid aggravating the infection and wearing the right clothing is critical for this.