There's no hiding from it: Acne is an inevitable struggle that continues on well after our prepubescent middle school days. We're certainly not thrilled about dealing with random breakouts for the rest of our lives, but if we must, we might as well arm ourselves with the tools to treat irritated skin whenever it flares up (which is always at the worst possible time).
In the summer months, the body acne struggle is real, thanks to all the sweating we're doing, and it's so much trickier to hide. Bacne, underarm bumps, and chest and bum acne can make putting on a backless top or bathing suit particularly stressful, but with the right products, you can clear it up quickly. Peel pads and spot treatments do wonders, but the real work starts in the shower — with body wash. Ditch your caramel-strawberry-shimmery soap for one with tea tree oil, salicylic acid, or charcoal — and make sure to wash right after working out or hanging in a wet bikini by the pool all day — and you'll be on your way to breakout-free skin for the entire season.
Ahead, the best clarifying, exfoliating, and smoothing body washes for your skin type.