Most people struggle with acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads or have a hard time getting rid of blemishes that appear on the face. Unfortunately, breakouts like the ones listed above don’t just occur on the face but all over the body and can make one feel insecure. A common area of the body that acne may appear is the back. People often refer to this as back acne or ‘bacne.’
Back acne occurs when the dead skin cells and oil build up blocking pores and causing inflammation. When the skin is neglected and untreated, the blockage results into a blackhead and once bacteria has entered, it becomes inflamed and turns into a pimple. Since the back is a difficult place to reach, it can be harder to see and treat.
Here are a few ways to prevent and get rid of back acne:
Clothing – What you wear can affect and cause your skin to have a reaction. Wearing tight clothing, backpacks, athletic gear, and purse straps for an extended amount of time can cause irritation due to rubbing and pressure of the material against the skin.
Well-Balanced Diet – What you eat can cause your body to react in different ways. Foods such as white breads, pasta, rice and potatoes can contribute or worsen acne. It is important to maintain a healthy diet by consuming foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains.
Exfoliate – Using a gentle exfoliating scrub will help remove excess dirt and oils from the skin to reduce breakouts.
Pull Back Your Hair – The product in your hair, combined with debris and oils, rubbing against your back can cause breakouts. This is something to think about as it gets warmer. The lesser you wear the more contact your hair will have with your skin.
Sunscreen – Some sunscreens are thick and oily. Be sure to use a sunscreen that is oil-free and lightweight.
While, some things are out of our control, it is important to take preventative measures to caring for your skin. Skincare routines are not just for your face but the entire body!