If somebody tells you that acne only appears on your face…they are dirty, dirty liars! Ok, that may be a bit harsh and dramatic, but you get the point. While most acne is found on the back and butt (so glamorized colloquially by the kids as “backne” “assne,” respectively), body acne can occur on any part of the body that has pores.

Acne on the body is caused by clogged pores from dirt, oil and dead skin, which is the same way acne and pimples can obnoxiously infiltrate your lovely face. Chin up! You are not alone, and there are some terrific products that help eliminate and prevent breakouts on your body.

While keeping your skin clean is the first line of defense against body acne, I have listed some fantastic body wash products to help clear your breakouts. I encourage anyone with acne-prone skin to incorporate these into their daily acne-fighting regimen.

  • Cetaphil Natural Skin Cleanser: Quite arguably the most silent acne-fighter. Cetaphil is a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that punishes acne without punishing your skin. Specially formulated for all skin types, Cetaphil soothes while it cleanses.
  • Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash: As my personal “old faithful,” Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash is designed for body acne. Containing Salicylic Acid to help fight breakout and Glycerin to help moisturize, your body acne will lose the fight every time!
  • Mother Dirt Body Wash: Coming in as the most confusing of body acne cleansers, Mother Dirt removes bacteria while preserving bacteria. Huh?! Sweat and clogged sweat glands are a significant cause of acne. The Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria found in Mother Dirt can successfully convert the acne-causing irritants into the beneficial acne fighters, Nitrate and Nitric Oxide. Your body is aiding in the fight! Super cool!
  • PanOxyl Acne Foaming Cleanser: As a maximum strength foaming body wash, PanOxyl comes in as the acne destroyer, the giant to be reckoned with, the…ok, you get the idea, it’s strong! Containing the highest strength of acne-fighting Benzoyl Peroxide available without a prescription, PanOxyl removes dirt and unclogs pores leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

These products are my personal favorites with unparalleled body acne-fighting benefits. While the products themselves are awesome, my recommendation would be to use them often and consistently to achieve the desired result. I also encourage getting into the routine of using a clean washcloth every day rather than a loofa or sponge, which can be the freeloading home of some gnarly bacteria leading to a very counterproductive process.