You get back acne for the same reasons you get facial acne, with the main difference being that back acne is often the result of sweat. Teenagers are the age group most often affected by back acne but adults can also get it too. If you are desperately seeking a simple back acne treatment, you need to first figure out what is causing the back acne! Your various daily activities and lifestyle patterns may well be the main cause of your back acne. Here are a few causes that are often the main contributors to back acne:
- Hair products with irritants / chemicals
- Hormonal changes
- Detergent used for washing your clothes
- The fabric of your clothes
- Greasy and fatty foods
- Tight clothing
- Carrying a heavy backpack
While these triggers may not be the cause of the acne in your case, they certainly make matters worse. Hence, eliminating them as much as possible will help get rid of your back acne. Also, you must take a holistic approach and treat your body both inside and out as part of your back acne treatment regimen.
Here are 6 Steps for Back Acne Treatment:
1. Take a shower after every workout or exercise session. This is the first and the easiest back acne treatment. The reason behind this is that breakouts on the back area (or any other body part) usually occur due to excessive sweating. Thus, a mild shower after exercising will prevent your acne from getting worse.
2. Go natural. Use a home herbal remedy to cure your back acne. You can create a blend of oils as a topical solution with
- 1 tsp. almond oil
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. calendula oil
- A few drops of tea tree oil
- 1 drop of lavender oil and/or chamomile oil.
Apply this solution to the affected area twice daily. You can also try taking a daily supplement to get rid of body acne.
3. Wear breathable and loose clothes. Doing this will give your skin some fresh air and the sweat will not add up under your shirt. Also, try wearing skin-friendly fabrics such as cotton as much as possible. Avoid tight-fitting clothes at all costs.
4. Exfoliate your skin every day in the shower before you wash your back. Loofahs are available on sticks to make it easier to scrub your back. Replaced the heads every 4 to 5 weeks. Make sure to use gentle strokes and clean your back every time you shower.
5. Allow your back to dry properly. Treat any present acne and prevent new acne from forming by applying an even layer of gel or cream containing 10% benzoyl peroxide (easily available over the counter). Unfortunately, if some areas are hard to reach, you will have to get help applying the gel.
6. Some final tips: Always keep your hair clean. AVOID picking at your acne and do not expose it to the sun for long hours.
In general, always look after your skin. If your back acne does not clear up after a home treatment, visit your dermatologist for a prescription medication and further treatment.