Derm DMs: Should I Consider an Acne-Control Body Spray?

June 13, 2019
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal

With about a million skin-care products on the market, we’re always intrigued to learn about something we haven’t tried before. This was the case for a recent discovery that left us questioning how in the world we haven’t tested something like it on our bodies until now. Enter, acne-controlling body sprays, a mess-free and easy way to help clear up acne-breakouts. Being new to this new method of treating our skin, we questioned its efficacy and who the product works best for. The case called for a quick message to consulting board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD.

“Anyone with body acne is a good candidate for an acne-control body spray, particularly if the acne is in a difficult to reach area,” says Dr. King. “The spray makes it ideal for difficult-to-reach areas like the back. It offers a great option for a quick, easy treatment application for these areas and it’s portable for on-the-go use, like before and after a session at the gym.” One drugstore formula she likes is the Acne Free Body Clearing Acne Spray. Meant to be used once or twice daily, you can use it at bedtime, after a shower in the morning, or before a tough workout sesh at the gym.


AcneFree's Body Clearing Acne Spray contains 2% salicylic acid,” Dr. King explains. “Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy-acid, which means it is a chemical exfoliator and can penetrate better into pores because it is oil-soluble. This helps to prevent pores from becoming clogged and can help remove clogs that have already formed. It also contains glycolic acid for additional exfoliative properties and aloe vera to soothe the skin and vitamin B3, which can decrease redness and dark spots.”


In short, an acne-control body spray is ideal for those of you with breakouts in hard-to-reach places on your body.


Dr. King advises not using a product containing salicylic acid if you’re allergic to salicylic acid or aspirin. Avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or if  you have asthma or another pulmonary problem that makes using aerosol products problematic for you.


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