Better to have acne on the back than the face, right? But wouldn’t it be even better to be acne free and have no acne at all.
Although back acne can be easily covered up with clothing, come summer time when the weather starts to heat up and you want to reveal a bit more skin, then wearing a singlet or a bikini can become rather embarrassing if you have a back full of dots.
The process to treat back acne is similar to that for treating the acne on your face. Cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify and hydrate. However, since there are more sebaceous glands in the back area and the skin is much thicker, back acne is more resistant to normal acne treatments and can be especially tough to treat. Back acne can take the form of pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads, but often they come as deep, painful cysts.
Regardless of where the acne is formed – back, face, buttocks, chest, arms etc, the underlying cause is clogged pores from an over production of sebum, and mixed with bacteria, skin becomes inflamed and acne lesions are formed. With this in mind, any acne problem can be successfully treated. As the skin in this area is thicker in the back area, stronger treatments and tools can be used to fight the problem.
Let’s start with Cleansing
I’d recommend using an exfoliating cleanser, or an exfoliating body wash that gets rid of the dead skin cells as you wash. Due to the increase in oil production in the back area, cell turnover is running overdrive and there is a daily build up of dead skin that needs to be buffed away. An exfoliating cleanser with natural pimple fighting ingredients is great for preventing and treating back acne.
Exfoliate the back
You must be wondering why you need to use an exfolitor when you already use an exfoliating cleanser? Most exfoliating cleansing products does not take on the complete role of an exfoliator. Most exfoliating cleansers are much more mild and gentle with finer exfoliating beads. Since the skin on the back is quite thick and pores are larger, an exfolitor designed especially for targeting back acne should be used at least 2 times per week to further unclog any pores and remove any stubborn dead skin cells and impurities. Body scrubs and exfoliators are generally sugar or salt based. Sugar scrubs are milder than a salt based scrubs, but remember that a good exfoliator should not irritate your skin. Try Bella Lucce’s Norwegian Oceanic Salt Rub or Cranberry-Yazu Sugar Scrub
Scrubbing tools are your friend
Washcloths or brushes should be used in conjunction with your cleansers and exfoliators. These wonderful tools help to further clear away any impurities from the skin’s surface allowing sebum to flow freely from your pores and prevent any blockages.
Body Mask is a must
Lets go treat deeper into the pores with a good mask treatment. A good mask designed to treat acne should deeply detoxify the pores removing sebum, toxins and impurities, while enriching the skin with powerful antioxidants to fight acne causing bacteria. Slap one of these pimple fighting mask on your back twice a week to prevent the acne lesions from forming. (We apply a mask to our face, don’t neglect the back).
Wash after you exercise or after heavy perspiration
Sweating is great as it helps to clear, open and clean your pores. But remember, sweat and sebum don’t mix well. It can irritate the skin and increase the number of blocked pores. So it is vitally important to wash off and shower after heavy perspiration. Most of the time, water is all that’s required to rinse away the layer of sweat and sebum on the skin. You want to avoid overwashing your skin to prevent skin from drying out. (Try to avoid synthetic fabrics during exercise and wear cotton clothes instead to allow your skin to breathe)
Since this is a natural organic blog, I advise against using any chemically toxic treatments to fight the back acne, but every form of healing has its place. Here are some commonly used chemical treatments
Topical acne medication creams or gels that contain benzoyl peroxide
Topical acne medication creams or gels that containand retin A
Taking antibiotics (Highly against. As well as killing the bad bacteria in your gut, it also kills all the good bacteria. If you are going to be taking antibiotics, be sure to replenish the good bacteria with probiotics containing lactobacillus and other good bacteria strains. )
Taking isotretinoin – roaccutane (Super strong drug but effective for treating severe cystic acne. NEVER use if pregnant)
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