You have heard it all before: acne happens when pores clog from the oils (called sebum) our body generates and is only irritated by makeup, dirt, dead skin cells or other substance. And, once bacteria set in, full blown acne is produced. We all know that there are thousands of products to wash, scrub, scour and scrape our faces to clear up those ugly bumps. We all know the song and dance about not messing with the already inflamed spots and keeping our faces clean. But what about that forgotten area where acne forms but is never talked about?
That is right. I am talking about the dreaded back acne. Bacne as it is often called is something that almost everyone deals with, but is rarely addressed. And, to top it all off, bacne is more common and is harder to treat. Because we have more sebaceous glands (the ones that produce the oils) and thicker skin on our backs, acne tends to develop more frequently. We know what bacne is. We deal with it everyday. But, how do we treat it? Well, here are three tips on fighting and preventing back acne.
1. Keep clean, and that refers to your clothes and yourself
The most important routine to avoid any type of acne is to wash regularly. A daily shower using an antibacterial soap will help heal any existing acne and help prevent future breakouts. It is important to keep clean, but do not over wash or you could actually dry out your skin. And, always wash after exercise, strenuous work, or anything that results in sweat, which will just aggravate the skin. Make sure that you wear clean clothes and you keep your bed sheets clean. Dirty items are a breeding ground for bacteria. That bacteria is just waiting to cause your skin to break out. So, the cardinal rule in the war against bacne is to keep clean.
2. Use Medication regularly
There are plenty of acne medications on the market, and many of these will work well for back acne. The two ingredients that you will want to look for are either Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Either one of these will help to heal breakouts that already exist. Keep in mind, though, that these products, especially the Benzoyl Peroxide, will bleach clothing. So, make sure to let the cream or gel fully dry before you put clothing back on.
3. Know when you need help
Sometimes, back acne can be more than an at-home routine can handle. If you feel you are fighting a losing battle, then you know it is time to see a Dermatologist. There are many prescription products that a Dermatologist can recommend that will work harder and stronger to help you with your bacne problem.
Back acne can be a huge problem, because it happens easier and is tougher to deal with. But, it doesn’t mean that you have to let the bacne win. By following these few simple steps, you can take charge and be done with bacne for good.