If you suffer from bacne (back acne), don’t fret – you are not alone! Acne is a common condition that is not just restricted to the face as it can appear on almost any area of your body, and very often on your back.
Just like the skin on your face, your back has many hair follicles and sebaceous glands that secrete sebum, a waxy substance that keeps your skin moisturised. When excess sebum combines with dead skin cells and bacteria, it can clog up your pores and cause bacne to form.
Before you start worrying that your bacne is out of your control – don’t! Here are 8 tips to help you gain control of your skin again.
1. Use Benzoyl Peroxide Body Wash
Nearly all dermatologists recommend benzoyl peroxide (5-10%) body wash as their top suggestion for clearing bacne. It aggressively kills the bacteria that causes the skin to break out.
2. Hair Care
Certain hair cleansing products contain comedogenic ingredients that can easily clog up your pores. As you wash out shampoo and conditioner, the products flow over your neck and back, making direct contact with your pores. Avoid products containing ingredients like benzaldehyde, lauric acid and acetylated lanolin.
Also, remember to wash your hair regularly and keep it in a bun or ponytail during sweaty activities. Hair on your back can contribute to oil and dirt build-up.
3. Always Shower After A Working Out
Although regular cardio exercise has amazing benefits for the skin, back acne can also be a result of friction and sweat. Tight clothing worn during exercise mixed with perspiration can wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure to shower as soon as you are done with your workout as the longer the sweat and bacteria sit on your skin, the more likely you are to break out.
Do also remember that tight clothing can trap dirt and sweat and rub it into your pores. So go for loose-fitting clothing that lets your skin breathe.
4. Exfoliate Daily
Pores on the shoulders and back are generally much larger than those on our face and may be more prone to pimple formation due to excess sebum production. Beyond your daily cleansing regimen, make sure to incorporate back exfoliation daily. While facial skin is sensitive and easily damaged, our back skin is much thicker and tougher, so it requires regular exfoliation to help slough off dead skin cells and leave your pores clean and clear.
5. Be Wary of Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent is one of the biggest culprits behind back breakouts. Although that “fresh laundry smell” is super comforting, many of the chemicals used to produce it are toxic and harmful to our skin. Because these fragrance chemicals can irritate and dry out the skin, your skin may become inflamed, which in turn can result in an acne breakout.
6. Eat Healthily
If you’re prone to acne, certain foods can actually be triggers. Foods high on the glycemic index (GI), meaning they cause your blood sugar to rise quickly, may make your acne worse. These foods include white breads, white pasta and rice, and white potatoes.
Make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. It’s good for your overall health, physique and acne control.
7. Do NOT Pick or Squeeze
Whatever you do, don’t pick, squeeze or scratch your acne spots! This can cause infection and lead to unsightly scarring. So keep those itchy fingers away and apply a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid gel to spots instead.
8. Schedule a Back Treatment
While you should be doing what you can from home to treat this troubling skin condition, scheduling an appointment for a back treatment with a skin-care professional can lead to even greater results! Unlike a DIY treatment, a back treatment with a licensed aesthetician will help to clean clogged pores at a deeper level, as well as immensely soothe and boost the results of your own home care.
Check out our Scar Reduction Photodynamic Therapy! This relaxing back treatment combines Microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells, customised premium skincare and Photodynamic LED Light Therapy to facilitate the repair of your skin! The first trial is priced at $38.