Shoulder Acne

Want to know something personal about me? I’ve had to deal with a strange type of acne in the past. The fact that I’m dealing with acne isn’t all that strange but more so the location. I’ve been known to develop something called shoulder acne, which is one of the main reasons why I’m covering the topic today. It’s actually more common than you think.

I didn’t really take any of this acne into consideration until lately. That’s because the weather is awesome out and I’m getting ready to get into beach mode. That’s right…it means tank tops and shirtless days at the beach. Enough about me and my weak unproportioned shoulders, time to get to the facts on acne that develops on your shoulders.

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How To Deal With Shoulder Acne

Like I said, the season is here and summer is a great time to wear tank tops or cute sundresses, but unfortunately, if you have acne on your shoulders, then you’re not going to be confidently sporting that look you’d like. You can forget about wearing your most appealing summer clothes. It’s not happening unless you take action to clear things up.

The good news is that shoulder acne is something that can be dealt with, and you can quickly be on your way to enjoying whatever inappropriate preferred summer attire you sport.

The first thing that I want to cover is what causes this condition to develop, and then I’ll cover some of the preferred and trusted treatments out there today. You’ve got options and will be knowledgeable enough to take some action. So you’ve got that going for you!

Shoulder Acne Causes

The acne on the shoulder and upper arms can be annoying and quite difficult to cover up. That holds especially true if you have to wear shirts with no sleeves or tank tops. Most people don’t have to but some have no choice. Here are the main reasons why these little buggers, unfortunately, appear where they do.


Any type of rubbing on the skin can cause acne to develop. If you notice more closely, the places where the straps of a backpack rub on your skin are more susceptible to acne. This can be prevented with some improved hygiene. All I recommend doing is making sure that the padding on your backpack is clear where it meets the skin.

I also recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes, preferably made from natural materials. You don’t want to be wearing some tight gymnastics outfit that makes you look like you just stepped out of a competition. No offense to gymnastics athletes by any means either. I’m just trying to prove a point here.


Well, the first thing I’ll say is that if you’re not working out daily then you are doing your body harm. So start doing so or you’ll be sorry. Now, if you are working out, you’ll be happy to learn that it is not the main reason why shoulder acne develops.

However, when you sweat a lot during any physical activity, the body excretes toxins that essentially cling to your skin. If you take too long to shower after that killer workout, the sweaty skin quickly becomes nothing more than a breeding ground for bacteria. It will undoubtedly promote acne growth and development. That said, you’ll want to be sure to shower within ten minutes post workout wrap up. Keep in mind, not doing so impacts not only your shoulder acne but acne all over your body.

Wearing Dirty Clothes

If you sweat a lot and don’t wash your clothes, then you’ve got a problem on your hands. These sweaty garments are a major cause of acne. So, after every workout, put your sweaty clothes in the hamper, hop in the shower and put some fresh clean clothes on. Never wear workout gear twice without washing it.

That’s disgusting first of all, but second of all, it’s unhealthy for your skin. You should make a habit of bringing clean clothes with you if you are going to be doing any activity that will leave your skin drenched in sweat.

Trust me, I don’t care if the clothing company uses the latest and greatest wicking material, don’t reuse it.

Shoulder Acne Treatments

Fortunately, there is not a very strong relationship between shoulder and facial acne. However, the treatment of shoulder and facial acne are quite similar.

If you’re looking for some information on how to treat your shoulder acne, then you’ll find it below. Here are all the main treatments that I recommend giving a shot.

They’re simple and effective.

Anti-Bacterial Soap

Avoid heavily scented body washes. Instead, try an anti-bacterial body soap and a body exfoliating treatment. This way, you’ll kill off all the harmful bacteria on your skin and remove all the dead skin cells that may clog up your pores, leaving your skin clean and fresh looking. Not to mention, you won’t smell like those horrendous overly scented washes that make people want to puke.

Benzoyl Peroxide

It’s cheap and the main acne-fighting ingredient in most products. Yes, you heard that right, it’s typically benzoyl peroxide. You can use a body wash that contains benzoyl peroxide on the shoulder area and other problematic areas while in the shower.

It’s best to leave the product on for a couple of minutes, and then rinse it off. Doing it this way will allow the product to really work its magic and help clear things up.

Anti-Acne Body Spray

Never heard of it? You’re not alone. It’s not all that common but effective for sure. What I’m referring to is a body spray that is intended to fight acne. It’s easy to apply to those “hard to reach” spots like your shoulders and back.

Most anti-acne body sprays contain salicylic acid, which is as an acne-fighting agent, as well as other ingredients that help fix your skin. These body sprays fight acne and typically leave your skin healthy and smooth. One product you might consider is the Acne-Free Body Clearing Acne Spray.

Summing Things Up

Shoulder acne is a common problem for many people. It affects both men and women of any age. If you have a problem, then address it. Never wait too long or you’ll be sorry. If all else fails, contact a dermatologist. Not doing so will literally cause scars to form.

See also: All These Things Cause Adult Acne To Form

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