Acne has a way of popping up in the wrong places.
It’s bad enough that it appears on our face. When it starts to affect other parts of our body, it’s just plain unfair.
One part of the body that gets riddled by acne is the back.
In case you are wondering, bacne simply means acne on the back.
Today, we will be discussing the different ways you can get rid of bacne, or back acne. But before we go into the details. Let’s examine why we have back acne in the first place.
What causes acne on the back?
The causes of acne in the back are almost the same with factors that cause acne on your face. But for back acne, it is caused more by clogged skin pores, overactive oil glands, and dead skin cells.
Propionibacterium acnes, an acne-causing bacteria aggravate your skin and causes it to become red. The excess oil, tiny hairs, and dead skin cells clog your skin pores. Excess oil acts as food for the bacteria. So, the bacteria begin to flourish and acne begins to form.
Other factors that cause bacne include hormonal imbalance, stress, genetics, poor hygiene, diet, etc.
How can I get rid of acne on my back?
It is possible to get rid of bacne with the help of home remedies and lifestyle changes. Here are some tips that can help:
Do not let sweat sit on your skin
One of the main factors that cause acne is clogged skin pores. Sweat and dirt clog your skin pores. If you will agree, one part of our body that gets really sweaty is our back.
So, if you go for a workout or engage in any activity that makes you sweaty, shower immediately. After a long walk under the sun, go into the shower immediately you get home.
The more you lay down, trying to figure out whether or not you have the strength to go take your bath, the more sweat clogs your pores.
Change your clothes
Do not leave sweaty clothes on. It is almost as bad as letting sweat dry up on your skin.
After a long and sweaty day, wash your clothes. Do not wear clothes that have soaked up sweat more than once. They act as the breeding ground for germs which are bad for your skin.
Get an anti-acne treatment
This is very important, especially if you want to get rid of that back acne as quickly as possible.
You can also make use of home remedies like tea tree oil, green tea, aloe vera, honey, etc.
Exfoliation is very important, and I don’t mean for just your face this time around – for your whole body.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and unclogs your skin pores. If you exfoliate regularly, there will be nothing to clog your pores and lead to the formation of acne.
I advise you exfoliate at least twice a week, and at most, three times a week.
If you do not know how to exfoliate or don’t know the right product to use, click on this article -> The Proper Way to Exfoliate to Avoid Irritations.
Change your skincare products
Your skincare product might be the reason why you have acne.
If you use comedogenic skincare or makeup product, then you are bound to have acne. Comedogenic products are products that clog the skin pores.
So, make sure that your moisturizer (because you apply it on your back every day) and other skincare products are labeled non-comedogenic.
If you have oily skin, stay away from an oil-based moisturizer.
Change your diet
What you eat can cause acne to form on your skin.
Stay away from carbs. Instead, eat more foods with proteins, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, etc. Sugary foods, spicy foods, greasy foods, fried foods, dairy products, white bread, white pasta, etc., are a huge NO.
You should eat vegetables, fish, fruits, nuts, whole grains, etc., instead.
Do not use anything that rubs against your back
Anything that constantly rubs against your back should be avoided.
For example, avoid using backpacks (school bags) if you have bacne. The constant friction between the bag and your skin can irritate your skin, and cause acne to form on your back.
If you have acne already, it can make it worse.
Also, if you have long hair, make sure you pack it in a way it does not fall against your back. Oil from your hair (especially if your back is exposed) can trigger acne and your hair constantly rubbing against your skin will only worsen the acne.
Change your bedsheets
Sleeping on a dirty bed sheet will only make the acne on your back worse.
Remember, you sleep for about eight hours daily. This means your skin will be exposed to dirt and germs for eight hours every day. You don’t need a dermatologist to tell you that that is bad for your skin.
To avoid irritation, do not use a detergent that has fragrance to wash your sheets or even your clothes. Fragrance can irritate the skin and lead to inflammation.
You should change your bedsheets twice a week (and if you can’t, then change it weekly at least).
Do not put anything harsh on the skin
You have to treat your skin with care.
Be gentle when you take your bath. Do not scrub on the affected area, even when you are exfoliating. In fact, do not use sponge, loofah or back brushes on your back.
Stay away from the sun
There was never a time the sun helped the skin. In fact, sun rays only spell trouble for our skin.
Make sure that you wear protective clothing when you walk under the sun. Exposing acne to the sun makes it darker and makes it last longer.
If you must expose your skin to the sun, apply sunscreen when you are outdoors.
Bacne doesn’t have to be one of the things that keep you up at night.
Try and follow the tips that I have given in this article, and in no time, it will be a forgotten issue. And you’ll be able to rock those low-back dresses again 😉
If you have any questions, please leave a comment. I will answer as soon as I can. Cheers!