Back acne aka “bacne“, can be just as irritating as facial acne. Sometimes if severe enough, they can irritate you more. If you suffer from back acne than you probably already know what a discomfort it causes. Generally more widespread than facial acne, back acne can even affect the chest, arms, buttocks and shoulders in many cases. They are similar to facial acne and you can cure them the same way you would cure any other acne.
Back acne generally occurs during puberty and go away when the person reaches their mid twenties. Sometimes it is developed when people wear tight clothing in hot weather or dirt and excessive sweating. The root cause attributed for the development of back acne is pretty much same with the reasons of facial acne, and that is the over production of hormones like testosterone and estrogen at the time of puberty. Our body produces an oily substance called sebum, and secretes it to the skin to keep it moist. An over production of sebum cause pores to get clogged, attracting bacteria and developing acne on the skin. When you sweat from exercising or overexertion, the sweat on your skin, then mixes with the excessive oil, as well as dirt and bacteria on skin’s surface and leads to back acne.
HOW TO GET RID OF BACK ACNE: TREATMENT OPTIONS
The best practice to clear the back acne and prevent it further, is to exfoliate your back daily. It helps remove all the dead skin, and bring the new skin cells to the surface. You can use any good quality body scrub to exfoliate your back before you bath or shower. Spend a good 5 minutes massaging your back until you take out all the excess oil and dead skin. Once you are done, dab your skin dry and put some toner on cotton balls and rub your back gently.
Among many of the skin creams and lotions available for back acne, Alpha Hydroxy lotion is effective to treat back acne. It is important to know that a strong alpha hydroxy treatment should not be used on the facial acne as it can cause severe redness on the face skin. As skin on the back is thicker and tougher than facial skin, it can handle stronger medications. To use alpha hydroxy lotion, first wash the back thoroughly with warm water and any mild cleanser and allow the back to dry thoroughly, then apply the alpha hydroxyl lotion gently on the back and allow it to dry before putting on cloths.
Your dermatologist may also suggest a benzoyl peroxide gel, lotion or cleanser. Apply the gel or lotion to a cleansed back twice daily. As it can stain your clothing, so let it be fully dry before you get dressed. Alternatively you can use a benzoyl peroxide wash with a concentration of 2 .5%, 5% or 10% on the back depending on the severity of the bacne.
HOME REMEDIES TO TREAT AND CONTROL BACK ACNE
Natural ingredients have been used for centuries to treat and manage many skin ailments. Let us discuss some of those which work effectively in this skin condition, named – BACK ACNE.
Aloe Vera for Back Acne
Aloe Vera can be used both externally and internally to heal many skin and health ailments. While its consumption accelerates the metabolism and supports your digestive system, its external use shows good antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects. Applying aloe vera gel provides great relief from swelling and redness caused by back acne, and helps to regenerate the skin to clear acne scars. Before you go for a shower, apply some fresh aloe vera gel on the affected areas, leave it for some time and wipe with cotton dipped in normal water.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Back Acne
The key ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. Applying it on the affected area will not only destroy bacteria there, but it will also help to balance the skin’s pH. In order to get rid of back acne, dilute vinegar with equal part of water, take a clean towel and soak it in diluted apple cider vinegar. Leave it on your back for 15 minutes and then finally clean your back with warm water.
Treating Back Acne using Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most effective natural remedies for back acne. It has powerful antibacterial properties and so effective in fighting acne. Using tea tree oil clears the back acne as effectively as benzoyl peroxide do, but without damaging or burning the skin like benzoyl peroxide. Add few drops of tea tree oil to some water, and wash the affected area with it. Or you can add few drops in your regular cleanser to wash your back acne. You can use tea tree oil on the skin twice or thrice a day.
Lavender Oil Bath for Back Acne
Lavender oil bath for back acne benefits in more than one way. As it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to cure the back acne and normalize the skin, besides it relieves stress and calm the mind. Add seven drops of lavender oil to warm bath water and soak for twenty minutes. Try this home remedy once or twice a week to get rid of back acne and improve your skin.
Sandalwood for Back Acne
Sandalwood powder and Oil has antimicrobial properties. Regular use of sandalwood paste can help you to get rid of back acne completely. Make a paste by mixing sandalwood powder with rose water and apply it on the back. Let it dry for half an hour and they clean it with cold water. In another way to reap the maximum skin benefits of sandalwood, you can mix it with turmeric powder, few drops of lemon juice, and water to make face pack like paste. Applying this paste not only treats facial acne and back acne but also helps to get rid of acne scars.
Orange peel for Back Acne
Very commonly used home remedy of back acne includes using orange peel blended with water. Apply a paste of orange peel blended with three tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of grounded cinnamon. Alternatively take orange peel powder and add some water to make it a paste. Apply this paste on the back and wash it off after fifteen minutes.
Lemon Juice for Back Acne
Lemon juice is one of the most powerful natural treatments for facial acne as well as back acne. It contains citric acid that is a powerful astringent which helps to remove dead skin, promote skin elasticity, and encourage new skin cell growth. To treat back acne, wash your back with a mild cleanser or warm water and gently pat it dry. Take some lemon juice in a bowl and dab on the back acne with a cotton ball. Wait until the lemon juice dry up, before you wear clothing. You can wash it off with warm after few hours. Using this remedy regularly for one or two weeks will help dry out acne and prevent its recurrence. Also read benefits of lemon water
Tomato for Back Acne
Tomato has vitamin C and A which help in reducing the irritation on skin and reduce pores. In order to treat back acne, take some fresh tomato pulp and apply it on the affected skin and leave it for 15 minutes.
Baking soda for Back Acne
Baking soda helps to neutralize the pH levels and balance skin’s pH balance. It is a natural exfoliant and helps with unclogging the skin pores and expels dead skin cells. To use it for back acne, dilute with water by mixing 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water, and gently massage on the back. Then rinse it off with warm water and mild soap. Trying this treatment for 2 to 3 times a week keeps the skin pores free of clogging, and prevent back acne.
Garlic for Back Acne
Sulfur containing compounds present in garlic cloves have many dermal protective properties. Apply a paste of fresh garlic on the back affected with acne and leave it for 5 minutes before your wash it off with cold water. The garlic paste peels the upper layers of the skin and so excess sebum gets removed. Regular application of garlic paste on back acne will yield good results. However garlic may leave unwanted smell. Read more uses and benefits of garlic
Oatmeal for Back Acne
When applied on the skin, oatmeal soak up excess oil and sebum and clear out dirt from the skin pores. This helps to treat acne and rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin. Cook one cup of oatmeal and mix together with water. After it has cooled down mix a tablespoon of honey and apply on acne affected areas. Wait for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water. Try this remedy for few weeks.
Mint for Back Acne
Menthol in mint leaves helps to reduce inflammation and irritation. Blend few mint leaves and apply on back and acne affected area. Lay down for 20 minutes until it dries completely. Then, rinse it off with cold water.
Besides these home remedies for back acne, bring the following habits to your life style to have better results.
Take bath twice daily and keep the body dry and clean. Use neem based soaps or boil some neem leaves in water as neem is very effective in treating ailments related to skin. Do not rub the area affected with acne vigorously. It may aggravate the problem. Wear clothes which are comfortable and soft to the skin.
Sleep to the side
You have to sleep to your side so that there is no pressure on the back. Ensure the bed and blankets are neat and clean.
You have to add fresh vegetables and fruits to your daily diet. It is better to avoid oily and refined foods. Reduce the consumption of beverages like coffee, tea and other carbonated drinks. Green tea has acne healing properties and it is best if you include it in your daily diet.
Increase Water Intake
Water flushes out toxins and impurities from the body. Consume at least 2 litres of water every day. As a first thing in the morning, have a glass of water with a teaspoon of honey and juice of half a lemon. Also read health benefits of drinking plenty of water
If you follow any of the above home remedies regularly, it can help you to reduce back acne and clear up your skin. Do not forget to eat a healthy diet, full with fruits and vegetables. Also get plenty of rest. With some good skin care habits as suggested above and using natural ingredients, you can balance your skin’s oil production and minimize the back acne as well as facial acne.