Don’t you hate it when you have to ditch a dress or tank top because of your back acne (or bacne)? If you’re reading this, it is a definite yes. Bacne is annoying and it’s a menace to bring it under control. But not anymore! Be prepared to fight back with these expert back acne treatment tips.
Why do you have back acne?
Just like your face, your back has pores and sebaceous glands too. Back acne spurts up when dead skin cells and excess sebum accumulate in the pores, clogging them and surprising you with zits. Although people with acne-prone skin tend to develop bacne, there are a lot more reasons for it as well.
What causes back acne?
One of the major reasons behind bacne is hormonal fluctuations. This can happen during, before or after your menses, pregnancy or menopause. Even hormone-related issues like PCOS and PCOD can lead to bacne.
Another reason is excessive sweating. Say if you live in a warmer climate, workout regularly, or generally sweat a bit more than that is the perfect storm for bacne to breed. In these cases, the sweat tends to sit on the skin for an extended time, which easily clogs pore and then, hello bacne.
Certain types of medications can also induce back acne. According to Mayo Clinic, if your meds contain corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium then they can uptick bacne.
How to treat and reduce bacne?
1. Exfoliate regularly
Gentle and regular back exfoliation will get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and impurities that are piling on your skin. Since the upper torso and back tend to have more sebaceous glands as compared to the other body parts, they do require a little more TLC. Exfoliating will keep the pores clean and reduce the occurrence of zits.
2. Wear breathable clothes
If your clothes are sticking tight to your skin and causing friction then it’s time to loosen things up. Clothes can be abrasive for the skin and can worsen the existing condition. Also, see if your clothes can absorb sweat. Unlike cotton, certain synthetic materials like polyester, rayon, nylon do not absorb sweat and irritate the skin. Wearing light coloured and cotton clothes is the best way to let your skin breathe and prevent bacne.
3. Use a hydrating body lotion
Back acne makes your skin angry and irritated. And a soothing and hydrating body lotion is just what it needs to calm down. Our Bravocado Ultra Light Nourishing Face & Body Cream is enriched with skin-loving ingredients like avocado, pomegranate, rice water, apricot kernel oil, lavender oil and vitamin E that seep into the skin to reduce inflammation, soothe damaged skin and retain moisture. Using it every day post a shower will keep your skin healthy, supple and acne-free.
5. Opt for bacne-fighting body washes
Double-time your fight against bacne by taking advantage of acne-fighting cleansers. If the ingredient label contains the following ingredients, then they’ll help reduce back acne each time you shower.
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Licorice root extract
- Lactic acid
- Tea tree
- AHAs or BHAs
Using them daily refines pores, reduces oil and acne-causing bacteria.
4. Put on a zit patch
Yup! If they can fix your face acne, they can surely do the same for your body acne. Our best-selling Mama Cica Zit Away Treatment Patches contain zit-zapping salicylic acid, tea tree leaf oil, glycolic acid, witch hazel extract and cica that speed up the healing and drying process. Simply put one on clean and dry skin and leave it overnight, and in no time you will notice that your active acne has considerably settled down.
How can you prevent bacne?
Prevention will always stay a step ahead than cure. Employ the following techniques to prevent future bacne from popping!
- Clean your bed sheets and covers regularly. They collect a lot of gunk and all that is transferred to your skin every night, free of cost.
- Always shower post workouts. Do not let sweat sit on your skin and clothes for long.
- Make sure you are thoroughly cleansing your back off body wash, shampoo and conditioners. They can seep into the skin and wreak havoc.
- This goes without saying, but do not pick at zits on your back. This will only spread the bacteria and even lead to scarring.
- Ensure that your sun exposure is limited and you always have a SPF on.
Your battle against bacne is half won even if you follow half of these steps!