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Can cuddling lead to body acne?

Reworld Media Asia 12/3/2018 Engracia Ang

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If you’re lucky enough to have a bae, chances are you’ve wondered if cuddling leads to body acne. After all, cuddling involves body heat, which in turn leads to sweat and body acne, right? It turns out that the answer is not as simple as you think. “If your SO is colonised with staphylococcus aureus, it has the potential to be transferred via skin-to-skin contact,” says Dr. Nava Greenfield of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn. Besides pimples, staph is also responsible for a litany of health problems, including pneumonia. Yikes!

Around 30 percent of Americans carry staph, which can cause skin conditions such as boils and abscesses. “It can cause folliculities, or inflamed hair follicles, on the body,” says Dr. Greenfield. Folliculities can bear more than a passing resemblance to body acne.

To circumvent that, it’s best to sleep on 100% cotton bed sheets. While that wouldn’t stop breakouts completely, it will definitely help wick sweat away. It’s also a good idea to wear pyjamas and avoid skin-to-skin contact. If you’re prone to body breakouts, try using shower gels and medicated creams that contain benzoyl peroxide to...Read more on Be Asia: fashion, beauty, lifestyle & celebrity news

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