Say goodbye to the “bacne”! So you can end the dreaded pimples on the back
Learn the reasons why they appear and take these tips into account to maintain clean, acne-free skin.
There’s nothing worse than getting excited about wearing a new open-back dress or strapless top … only to discover the “bacne” buds or what is the same: the dreaded pimples on the back popping up everywhere. But why does this happen? The truth is that the back is one of the areas of the body with the highest density of glands that produce oil and sweat, which makes it especially prone to acne. Fortunately, like acne on the face, “bacne” is completely treatable. Here we tell you about the secret causes and how to get rid of it once and for all.
Ironically, products that are beneficial to other parts of the body, such as hair, can cause “bacne” breakouts. As you rinse your hair, the oil you remove from it, along with the residue that falls from the conditioner, runs down your back, clogging the pores. That’s why experts recommend washing your body at the end of the shower to get out without residue.
bras Acclaimed sports bras are “oh-so-necessary” on the one hand, while on the other they trap sweat on the skin, which can cause bacteria and oil to clog pores. In addition, a bra that is too tight can cause friction and irritation to the skin , another cause of “bacne”. The solution is to get one that is breathable and antimicrobial if possible.
A damp scouring pad or sponge is the best breeding ground for bacteria (and therefore “bacne”). Replace yours every three weeks (yes, you read that right) and if you notice a little mold or a suspicious smell, get rid of it.
Right before your period, progesterone and testosterone spike, creating a perfect recipe for back breakouts. That is why any hormonal fluctuation, whether due to puberty, the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, or due to the withdrawal of contraceptives, can be evident in your back.
And how to treat it?
The first step is a good diagnosis. You have to go to a specialist who identifies the possible causes and triggers that can be corrected, but in general the treatment is simple.
Use body wash. Although it won’t cure the problem, it will prevent it from getting worse. The most advisable thing is to use soft gels with a pH of 5.5 to regulate the bacterial flower, the experts explain. Of course, in certain patients they may recommend opting for sebum-regulating gels with greater astringent power.
Exfoliate. Experts recommend using a gentle exfoliator to remove remains of dead cells that will actively participate in the obstruction of the sebaceous glands.
Treat with a spray that disappears the pimples. After bathing, spray a body spray containing salicylic acid to exfoliate, dissolve dirt that accumulates in the pores, and also has an anti-inflammatory effect. That is, avoid future breakouts while calming the ones you already have.
Don’t skip the cream. It may seem counter-intuitive especially for your back. But acne-prone skin, regardless of the area of the body, needs to stay hydrated (dehydration causes the sebaceous glands to overproduce). Just be sure to choose a light, water-based option.
Avoid playing sports in tight clothing. As we have warned you before, tight garments will cause a blockage of the sebaceous glands. In addition, increased sweating can increase the levels of bacterial flora .
Take care of the diet. There are a number of guidelines that can help control bacne. As a general rule, try to reduce as much as possible the intake of dairy products, foods with large amounts of saturated fatty acids, carbonated drinks and sugars (chocolate among them, except those that contain a high percentage of cocoa or dark chocolates). At the same time, we should increase the consumption of fruit, vegetables, fish and fiber.
Find an appropriate sunscreen. To this list of recommendations, the experts add the importance of choosing a suitable sunscreen for acne-prone skin that is oil-free or fat-free.