How to get rid of acne: Try these four ways to stop spots on your BACK

Posted on Nov 11 2017 - 4:05pm by admin

Acne is a common skin condition that causes spots, or oily and painful skin.

Back breakouts – also known as ‘bacne’ – are more common than people think, according to the skincare clinic sk:n.

While acne most often appears on the face, say the NHS, but develops on the back of around half of sufferers.

In these cases, since skin on the back is thicker, pores may appear larger.

As such bacne may not only knock the confidence of the sufferer, but it could be harder to get rid of too.

“Acne on the back can be more stubborn to treat than on the face,” said Dr Daron Seukeran, group medical director for sk:n.

Here are four ways to prevent bacne that you could try at home, according to sk:n.

Gentle exfoliation

Exfoliating – which is the removal of dead skin cells – is a good way to clear clogged pores and remove dead skin cells. 

This is because blocked pores cause acne, and dead skin cells are one of the main things to block pores and contribute to the development of acne. 

Body brushes and loofahs on long sticks enable you to scrub hard to reach areas, such as the back.

Exfoliation is best done in a warm bath or shower when skin is softened so that dead skin will come away more easily.

Shower after exercise

If sweat accumulates between the skin and gym gear, it can lead to a build-up of bacteria which may contribute to increased acne across the body.

Shower immediately after exercise and wear clean kit each time you workout.

Additionally, using a non-biological or plant-based washing powder can also help to reduce irritation.

Do your laundry

Like clothes, it is important to wash your bed linen regularly, particularly if you are a sweaty sleeper.

This includes not just your sheets but duvets, pillows and mattress toppers. 

Duvets and pillows should be washed every few months, bed linen weekly, and pillow cases and PJs twice a week. 

Wearing cotton or natural fibre pyjamas can allow skin to breathe, keeping you cool throughout the night and minimising sleep sweating.

Switch shower products

Luxury body washes or shower gels could contribute to acne on the back.

In the same way as facial cleansers, ensure that your body wash is PH-balancing and isn’t too heavy.

Choosing gentle, ‘free from’ products could help too.

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