When you hear the word “acne,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For most people, it’s the image of red, itchy bumps on the cheeks, forehead, and chins. While facial acne is certainly more prevalent, many people also suffer from the equally and problematic back acne.
Compared to facial acne, back acne, or “bacne”, is a little more difficult to cure, given that it constantly rubs with our clothes and is hard to reach by ourselves.
However, if you are getting ready for summer or want to flaunt a backless dress for a party, then you have to get to the root of the problem to learn about the best solution. Here are a few things that I suggest you do…
Tips for Treating Back Acne
1. Have a Refreshing Shower
Like facial acne, back acne is caused primarily by the build-up of dirt, dead skin, and oil in your pores. This build-up then becomes home to bacteria, causing infection and, eventually, a breakout.
That is why having a nice refreshing shower every day is essential. You should especially take a bath after a workout session, which results to excessive sweating, and long exposures to the sun, where you will have to use a large amounts of relatively strong sunblock or sunscreen.
2. Change Your Bath Essentials
Even if you shower several times a day, you may still end up with unsightly back acne if your skin can’t tolerate what you use. The skin on your back can be as sensitive as the skin on your face, so you should give it equal attention and care.
Dump your soap and get gentle a body wash instead.
A neutral anti-bacterial wash or one that contains salicylic acid—an active ingredient that helps dry blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples; dissolve dead skin cell buildup; and encourages shedding of the outer layer of the skin.
Body washes that use glycolic acid are also recommended as they help in cleaning clogged pores, speeding up your skin’s exfoliation, and maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance.
3. Do Gentle Exfoliation
If you want to get a clear back, then doing regular exfoliation will be beneficial. However, during this process you should not use rigorous scrubbing and rough stones or a coarse loofah as they will only dry out and tear your skin, making the problem worse.
A soft towel or shower puff, or can do the same job, but be sure to wash them immediately after use as they tend to hoard for bacteria. In addition, you should choose more natural, finer scrubs, specifically those formulated for your skin type.
4. Use Acne Treatments
Many of us wish that our acne will just vanish by itself. However, in reality, acne of any kind needs you to be proactive and use treatments that will reduce the inflammation, un-clog pores, fade dark spots, and moisturize your skin.
You generally have two options here: homemade and over-the-counter.
With homemade bacne treatments you can use ingredients already in your refrigerator and cupboard. Here are some homemade solutions you can try:
- Apple cider vinegar—mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water to create a toner. Apply using a clean washcloth or a spray bottle.
- Oatmeal and honey—cook the oatmeal and mix some honey. Let it cool and more honey if it becomes too dry. Apply on your skin and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.
- Body spray—easily applicable solution that has helpful ingredients like salicylic acid, glycerin,and benzoyl peroxide which clears and moisturizes the skin.
Medicated pads —helps un-clog pores, protects the skin from sweat when used before workout, and clears and moisturizes the skin when used overnight.
5. Consult with a Dermatologist
If you have tried all of the previous suggestions but have seen no significant or positive results, then it’s time to get an appointment with a professional.
A dermatologist will help you learn more about your skin and your skin condition and prescribe a treatment according to your unique needs, background, and lifestyle.
Bacne is as horrifying as facial acne, often more, but that doesn’t mean you’re helpless against it. Try using some of these tips that I’ve shared with you in this article to get rid of back acne for good. Good luck!