Is it possible to get acne where you
sweat a lot?
"Iím a backpacker, and Iíve started to
get what looks like acne on areas of the skin where my pack rubs and
I sweat a lot. Is this possible?"
Yes. Friction and sweating can be
associated with the development of acne or acne-like lesions.
There are names for acne or acne-like
lesions associated with constant friction and sweating. Fiddlerís
neck is a condition affecting some violin players. Pigmentation,
skin redness and inflammatory papules or
pustules occur on
the skin where the violin fits under the chin at the angle of the
jaw and neck. Soldierís acne describes acne or acne-like
lesions occurring on areas of the skin constantly rubbed by a
military pack or weapon strap and may be more common among soldiers
serving in tropical areas.
High school and college football
players may develop acne on the forehead, where the football helmet
fits tightly. This form of acne in adolescence may actually
represent an irritation of microcomedones
already present on the skin.
Overly vigorous cleansing and washing
of the facial skin can also be a source of friction that aggravates
Acne that seems to be associated with
friction may be alleviated or prevented by removing the source of
friction. However, acne already present may require ongoing
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