How to Get Rid of Bacne
How to Get Rid of Bacne
Tips for Getting Rid of Acne on Your Back
• My first suggestion would be to start with a clean slate. One of the best ways to achieve this is to schedule a back facial. After steaming your skin, an esthetician will safely remove any blackheads or whiteheads. If going to a spa isn’t within your budget, you can get a back facial from a beauty school in your area at a discounted price. Do a little research to find the best solution for you.
• Back acne is usually the result of several different factors working against you. Your hormones are the biggest influence, as they are the determining factor behind the amount of oil secretion in your body. Powdered maca will help balance them. Maca is a natural herbal supplement made from plants. It’s available online or at most health food stores. All you need is ¼ teaspoon daily.
• Taking 50mg of zinc every day will also help. Compounds in the zinc attack the acne bacteria. Zinc can be purchased in any vitamin or health food store.
• Certain prescription medications can cause the skin to break out, particularly on the upper back/shoulder area. If your breakout began after you started taking a medication, you will need to discuss options with your doctor.
• Your age, as well as your genetic background, determines how efficiently your skin cells renew themselves. Slow skin cell turnover can be combated with exfoliation. Use a good back scrubber (I recommend the Aquis Exfoliating Back Scrubber) with a body wash containing gentle acids to dissolve the debris clogging pores. Neutrogena has a few body washes designed to prevent acne, although my personal favorite is Phisoderm Anti-blemish Bodywash.
• Your skin having an unbalanced pH is also a contributing factor. Skin should have a pH of 4.5, but with all of our exposure to chemicals in the water we use, it is often higher. When you shower, chlorine in the water is hitting your back more than anywhere else, causing the pH of your skin to shift to a more alkaline state. Alkalinity allows acne to thrive. I strongly recommend purchasing a Culligan showerhead filter. They run for about $25, and you can easily find them on Amazon. The filter is easy to install, and requires no tools. It removes 99% of the chlorine and contaminants from your water.
• Another tip is to mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water (not tap water—use good drinking water) and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. You can get Heinz apple cider vinegar for about a dollar. To lower your skin’s pH, spray the mixture onto your back after showering, right before bed. You can substitute witch hazel for the apple cider vinegar, if you prefer. Both work, but the vinegar works better and faster. Be sure to let the skin dry before dressing.
• Make a skin-soothing mask by massaging plain, non-fat Greek yogurt onto your back. This infuses the skin with good bacteria known as probiotics, which overrun the bad bacteria that cause acne. Do this every three days, leaving the mask on for fifteen minutes, before rinsing completely.
• One of the biggest causes of bacne is residue from your hair conditioner not being thoroughly rinsed off after showering. After washing your hair with shampoo, change the water to a cooler temperature to rinse off conditioner. Hot water opens the pores, allowing conditioner to clog them. Always wash your back last, to get any conditioner left behind. If possible, wash your hair every other day. Another option is to stop using regular conditioner and instead use a spray or leave-in conditioner.
• Sweat from working out, playing sports, or not rinsing off immediately after exercise creates a breeding ground for acne bacteria. After working up a sweat, take a shower with lukewarm water. Hot water causes the pores to re-absorb the sweat, while cold water seals it in. If you don’t have access to a shower, bring some wipes with you, and use them to clean yourself as thoroughly as possible.
• Residue from laundry detergent can also aggravate back acne. Most laundry soaps are loaded with dyes, perfumes, and other chemicals. I recommend using a detergent free of scents or dyes, such as Arm & Hammer for Sensitive Skin. Always rinse your laundry twice, to get out as much of the detergent as possible. You can also put a small amount of apple cider vinegar in the rinse cycle.
• Clothing fabrics and dyes can be another cause for breakouts. Think of these things as a tent, sealing in humidity and sweat, mixing them with the coloring in the clothes. If you’re wearing polyester or dark clothes, wear an all-cotton undershirt to create a barrier between the fabric and your skin. Also wear the cotton shirts to bed, or any time you’re just hanging around the house. Pima cotton is the best choice.
• Finally, friction from driving or sitting in an office chair for long periods of time can worsen bacne. Often, these things are unavoidable, but it is something to be aware of. Take breaks throughout the day, and be aware of the way you are sitting.
Bacne won’t disappear overnight, but don’t give up on this system. If you use these tips consistently over time you will see results.