We are all obsessed with blotches on our faces, but back acne or "bacne", as it is often called (uncomfortable!), Is an equally troubling skin problem that many struggle with.
What causes back acne?
Identifying the causes of back acne is the first step in eliminating these causes. As with facial acne, back spots occur when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and excess sebum.
The causes are similar to facial spots, but body acne can be more difficult to treat than facial acne. This is because the skin on your back is thicker, has larger pores, and is in constant contact with clothing. This can suffocate the skin and spread bacteria.
Common causes of back acne
One possible cause of back acne is the products you use for both your body and your hair. Lotions and creams can clog your pores – from shower gel to sun protection. Opt for lighter, non-comedogenic products. And wash off all shampoo and conditioner residue thoroughly.
Wearing tight, non-breathable clothing is another common cause of back stains. This is a particular problem when you exercise with these items of clothing. In any case, you should take a shower as soon as possible after sweating under your clothes. If it's after the gym, don't wait until you get home – take a shower immediately and you'll reduce the chances of pimples forming.
There is also a possibility that your back acne is nutritional. Or it could be linked to stress or hormone imbalance. High testosterone levels promote acne, as does low estrogen levels, which explains these annoying outbreaks before the period.
Unfortunately, back acne can be genetic in some people – just like facial acne and other skin conditions, it can occur in the family. So if your parents are struggling with blemishes, you may have inherited the problem. You can still take steps to fight your back acne – more on that shortly.
How to get rid of back acne?
There are many easy steps you can take to put off those annoying pimples before the summer so you can wear these strappy vest tops with confidence!
Medical soaps are often proposed, but they dry out the skin (which creates more oil) and can also irritate sensitive skin.
We swear by Castile Soap which contains 80% olive oil. This means that it dries out less than normal soaps. The soap is best used with a shower stool, as you then only need a small amount of soap to prepare a generous, gentle foam.
Try adding a drop or two tea tree oil or lavender oil directly to the foam before applying it to your back.
Peeling is also important to remove dead skin cells, decongest the pores and promote cell turnover. Peeling gloves are ideal and make working in hard-to-reach places easier. They are best used twice a week.
After each wash and peeling, a pump with comfrey and calendula soothing cream and a few drops rose hip oil – The latter will accelerate scar healing.
Clothing can be an important factor in minimizing stains. Avoid synthetic or tight-fitting fabrics to minimize sweating. Cotton is perfect because it is soft and breathable. Make sure that you regularly wash all the clothes that you have sweated in, especially your sportswear. Be careful with the detergent you use, as some very fragrant products can cause irritation and inflammation on sensitive skin.
Also be careful not to carry a backpack. This can trap sweat between your skin and clothing, and friction can promote these annoying pimples.
When washing your hair, be sure to remove any residue from your shampoo and conditioner. Keep your hair away from your back as your hair's oils can help clog your skin.
Even small changes in your diet can have major effects on your skin health .
Approximately Essential fatty acids are being developed forever. Increase your intake of EFAs and reduce your intake of sugar – The former are excellent anti-inflammatory agents and the latter stabilize sebum production.
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Apricots and Mangoes are brilliant skin foods due to their vitamin A content . Dandelion tea is also a great skin cleanser, although it's not particularly appetizing!