Who doesn’t have body issues when it comes to stripping down? Luckily Allure’s found solutions to a few of those body-skin issues.
Stripping down – whether it’s in a bikini in front of everyone at the beach or fully naked for just one other person – can make even a confident girl quake. Tackling these common skin problems will help shore up your body love.
Since sweat and oil production ramp up in the summer, pores on your chest and back get clogged more easily. The best approach starts in the shower: Use a body wash with at least 1.25% salicylic acid. If that doesn’t do the trick, once you’re dry, add a layer of a prescription antibiotic lotion.
These lumps are among the most vexing beauty problems – there is no cure (not even liposuction). For a quick and temporary approach, caffeine creams dehydrate fat cells for a few hours, so skin appears tighter.
Short of living like the girl in the plastic bubble, it’s hard to avoid an occasional bruise. When a splotch first appears, massage it daily with a botanical anti-inflammatory lotion, which may speed up healing. In the meantime, try this genius tip from make-up artist Scott Barnes: Dab red lipstick on the mark, then set it with powder and apply a creamy foundation; the red helps neutralise the dark bluish tone of a bruise more than foundation alone can. Pat it on with a make-up sponge and blend it outward to the non-bruised area.
The standard way to zap veins is sclerotherapy, an injection that irritates the vein, causing it to shut down and get absorbed back into the body. Sclerotherapy, available at Skin Renewal, can cause bruises for about two weeks, and the veins won’t disappear completely until your treatment is completed.
If the backs of your arms look like gooseflesh and feel scratchy, like sandpaper, and you’re prone to dry skin or eczema, you could have a benign, common condition called keratosis pilaris. (It’s caused when keratin, a protein in the skin, forms hard plugs within hair follicles.) Whatever you do, don’t try to scrub the raised bits away with rough exfoliants – you’ll just irritate the skin, making the bumps inflamed. Instead, use washes and lotions with alpha hydroxy acids. Then use a hydrocortisone cream to reduce the redness, and the bumps should clear up in three weeks.
These small, loose pieces of skin tend to appear on women’s necks and underarms during hormonal changes. Skin tags are harmless, but easy for a dermatologist to cut out if they bother you. With a few numbing shots, you can get several removed at once.
Written by Sarah Wexler, this article originally appeared on Allure.com.