ESC: Doing It Wrong

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Halter tops, off-shoulder dresses, killer swimsuits—‘tis the season to bare it all.

But, not so fast: Summer weather may also be causing your body to breakout, leaving blemishes on your shoulders and back. Unlike facial acne, which you probably have a number of products to address, body acne can be difficult to fight and yet equally frustrating.

Enter Sonya Dakar, the owner of Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills, where celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow frequent. The beauty pro has built a reputation on her ability to resolve even the most intense skin problems. And, she's helping us solve the mystery of body acne in the summer.

"The heat can cause you to produce more sebum, which can lead to breakouts, add that to humidity and you will see it intensify oil production, which in acne-prone individuals often means more breakouts," she told E! News.

Sound familiar? If so, don't fret. There are a number of ways to prevent and combat body blemishes, per Sonya. First on the list: Shower every night and immediately after you workout with a dead sea salt scrub, a body wash with salicylic acid or both. "It's important to exfoliate dead skin that can clog pores leading to breakouts and use a clarifying body wash," she said.

Once you're out of the shower, essential oils can help reduce breakouts, while moisturizing the skin and soothing your senses with their aromatherapy. The pro recommends tea tree oil for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and clarifying properties. Lavender oil soothes, heals and reduces inflammation and redness. And, sage oil helps to regulate oil on the skin, which will naturally reduce sebum.

If your body acne is severe and feels unmanageable with over-the-counter products, the expert suggests a body peel or body facial. "Having one or two of these can really help clarify your body instantly," she revealed. "I see that after two visits, my clients' back, chest and shoulders clears up by 80-90 percent."

Here's the thing: Even if the acne goes away, there's still may be one thing in the way of your summer-ready body: scars. And, without the proper sunscreen, the sun will only make them worse. The expert recommends an SPF 30 sunscreen that isn't a spray or heavy cream, plus a fading cream with lactic acid and Kojic acid at night.

"If you are prone to body acne, it's particularly important to treat your body like you would your face and use high-quality items that won't clog your pores," she stated.

Mystery solved! Even better: We've gathered everything you need to fight body acne below. Keep scrolling!

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

ESC: You're Doing It Wrong, Body Acne Products

You're only a couple of products away from clear skin.

Summer glow, here we come! 

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