6 Unexpected Places You'll Break Out This Summer—and How to Cope

Abbreviated Fridays, sun galore, watermelon margaritas… The wondrous season of summer is filled with silver linings. Until, of course, it's not. One such fly in the ointment: out-of-character breakouts popping up every which way in uncharted territory. Boobs! Butt! Bikini line! And that's just the warm-up.

"Some people are genetically prone to breakouts in these areas, but sweat under clothing can exacerbate this condition in the summer," Nancy Samolitis, MD, FAAD, explains to me. "A combination of heat and sweat can clog hair follicles and stimulate an overgrowth of not just bacteria, but yeast that normally lives on our skin." So basically, all the things we love about summer also equate to the perfect storm when it comes to acne. Glorious.

Even though we feel mostly equipped to handle a rogue bump (or two or three) every so often atop our complexions, when they start showing up in unexpected places, well, then we're left scratching our heads. So, to nip any unwanted pimples in the bud this summer, we reached out to two of the best dermatologists in the business—Mount Sinai Hospital Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research Joshua Zeichner, MD, and Facile Dermatology + Boutique co-founder Nancy Samolitis, MD, FAAD.

Here's our acne-busting agenda: to pinpoint all the weird places we might break out this season and from there, glean as many tips, tricks, and product recommendations to prevent acne for good this summer. Sound good? Thought so. Keep scrolling to discover six annoyingly unexpected places your body will want to break out this summer, and how dermatologists say you can prevent it.