Back acne, otherwise known as ‘bacne’, is the bane of many women’s lives. It affects our confidence, our moods, and our ability to wear clothing that exposes the top of the back or the shoulders – which is far from ideal seeing as summer is just around the corner. “Pores are much larger on the back and they can get more clogged, so regular treatments will help keep the back clear,” explains leading Dubai dermatologist Rebecca Treston of the Euromed Clinic Center. “The main causes of bacne can be hormonal disruptions in the body and a mixture of sebum and bacteria on the back, which becomes a little out of control and results in the appearance of acne.”
If you suffer from bacne, you’re not alone – it’s an extremely common problem that even supermodels like Kendall Jenner admit to having. In fact, she recently posted a video on her app with her skin guru Christie Kidd, revealing that her top tip for banishing bacne for good was to clip your hair up in the shower after you apply your conditioner, instead of letting your locks sit on your back as you get on with your bathing routine
Read on for more skin solutions, including lifestyle tips and products that will help put a stop to those pimples.
Be Sweat Savvy
“After the gym, don’t be tempted to stay in your workout clothes, even after they have dried as there will still be sweat in them,” advises Treston. “This can lead to the appearance of bacteria, which will clog the pores. Always shower directly after working out.”
Catch Some Rays
“Mild sun exposure, in the morning time, can be helpful in reducing inflamed lesions,” says Dr. Shadan Naji, Dermatologist and Aesthetic Doctor at Obagi MediSpa, “but be very careful not to get burned, because sun burn increases marks and worsens the condition.”
“Scrub your back skin during showers to remove dead cells that may plug hair follicles,” advises Naji. Click here to discover some of the best scrubs in the business.
Try a Tan
“If you do suffer from bacne, it’s possible to use specific spray-tan products to cover it up without causing irritation,” Treston recommends. So if your bacne is getting you down and affecting your confidence, a spot of fake tan or a professional spray tan will help to hide those unsightly spots.
Your shower gel might be contributing to your bacne breakout, so make sure you’re choosing the right kind. “Many body washes are slightly too alkaline (the pH is above 7) and so can interact negatively with the flora on the skin,” says Treston. Salicylic acid is also said to help stop spots in their tracks, so try the Murad ‘Acne Body Wash’. A triple-action cleanser, it uses the pimple-busting power of salicylic and glycolic acids, as well as green-tea extract and licorice-root extract, to unclog pores and deeply cleanse skin cells whilst clearing and preventing future breakouts. Treston adds, “Always use clean flannels and sponges!”
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