In an unfortunately cruel twist of fate, acne—in all its miserable manifestations— does not simply come and go within adolescence. Instead, it follows us into adulthood and pops up on our dates, job interviews and, for many of us, rears its ugly head during pregnancy, too.
What can sometimes be more painful and embarrassing than having those red bumps spread across the bridge of your nose, however, is when they appear on your back or chest—what’s known as truncal acne—or on your arms and in very covered-up places where your clothes tend to rub against your skin all day, like your derrière.
That’s why we reached out to three dermatologists—Dr. David Lortscher, a board-certified dermatologist and CEO of Curology, a skincare company that designs custom formulas and products for its clients, Dr. Evan Rieder, a dermatologist at NYU Langone, and Dr. Amy Kassouf, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic—to better understand body acne and for their advice on the best products to use to banish it for good.