For those who have bacne, it can be difficult to show your shoulders and back –especially during spring and summer– and still not be self-aware. But it needn’t be so, here is the complete guide to getting rid of bacne.
Whether you have cystic acne or red bumps, breakouts on the back and shoulders can be annoying and even painful. And because the back is packed with sweat and oil glands, it is more likely to present blemishes and to make matters worse, it is an area that is usually covered with clothes and this can make it even worse.
Excess of sebum and hormones
The hormonal changes within the body can lead to increased oil production and the oil –or sebum–, added to dead skin cells and bacteria is a combination that can lead to clogged pores and pimples.
Clothes and accessories can lead to back acne, especially if you notice the spots are more prominent on the shoulder.
If you exercise you have to take off you’re your sweaty clothes and shower as soon as possible before the bacteria and the sweat clogs your pores.
Genetics plays a big role when it comes to acne, some people just produce more oil and bacteria than others.
How to prevent and treat bacne
If dead skin cells and oil clog your pores, and the bacteria produce inflammation, and this area is generally covered with clothing, which generates heat and friction, we should target these factors.
Avoid friction on the area
Stay away from tight clothes and avoid backpacks that cause friction and produce a type of acne called mechanica. Instead of polyblend fabrics go for cotton and breathable clothing to avoid trapping sweat and heat.
Use a specific body wash
Try washing with an acne-medicated body cleanser to decrease pimples and inflammation.
Avoid picking and stay away from the sun
Picking your skin or touching the area only makes it more likely for your skin to become scarred. Sunbathing will increase redness and aggravate scars.
Choose the appropriate products
Body scrubs are an absolute no –they stimulate oil glands and eventually lead to more congestion and blemishes. Soaps can also lead to bacteria growth, it is better to choose cleansers with a pH of around 5.5.
Make sure you moisturize with an oil-free lotion to balance your skin after using a deep-cleanser, especially if you are using retinoids or salicylic acid.
If none of the above options work for you, you might opt for laser or light therapy or topical chemical peels.
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