The word ‘acne’ in most of our dictionaries translates to the word ‘hell.’ No matter where acne strikes, hell breaks loose! We have written thousands of articles on how to treat acne on the face but this time, we are going to address another acne problem. Today, we will talk about back acne or as some people very fondly call it, cool word alert! - bacne.
Back acne is a very self-explanatory word. This is a very common condition across the globe and here’s why- just like the face, the back has a very high concentration of sebaceous glands and hair follicles which makes it all the more prone to acne.
We are here to let you know about how you can get rid of your bacne but before that, let’s quickly run through the causes of bacne.
Hormones: Hormonal imbalance can cause a lot of minor and major problems and bacne is just part and parcel of the imbalance.
Stress: Bad things give way to other bad things and stress causing bacne is a classic example of the same.
Medications: Some medicines that you are consuming don’t like your perfect skin and are therefore causing bacne.
Sweat: You are totally killing your morning jogs or evening workouts and the sweat from those sessions are killing your back by causing bacne.
Lack of hygiene: Well, this is just nature’s way of showing you that cleanliness is, indeed, next to godliness and ignoring hygiene can have consequences.
Now let’s move on to the part for which you came here in the first place. Ways to get rid of your bacne! Read on to find out:
Treatment #1: Replace your shower products with...
Products that contain benzoyl peroxide as it kills the bacteria that causes acne. See it this way- using products with this bacteria-killing potion will take out the problem from its roots which will reduce the occurrence of back acne in the long run. According to Dr. Debbie Elder, back acne is usually caused due to the overgrowth of a yeast that is found on the skin (it is also called pityrosporum folliculitis but we know that you won’t read the full word anyway) Therefore, it is ideal to use anti fungal shampoos and body washes.
Treatment #2: You need to start taking a shower after your sweating sessions as...
The sweat and the dirt that resides on your skin after a sweating session can clog the pores which can, in turn, cause back acne. Therefore, it only makes sense to run to the shower right after sweating as it will wash off the sweat and other bacteria, restricting their unwanted residence on your back. Also, you need to pay a little more attention to back hygiene and that’s why, investing in a long-handled body cleansing sponge is something that we would definitely recommend!
Treatment #3: All the tight gym clothes need to go because...
They don’t allow your body to breathe and just like it is with you, your body needs to breathe well otherwise there can be consequences (ahem.. bacne.. ahem). Wearing tight clothes forms a breeding ground for sweat and dirt which clogs the pores on your back. It is always ideal to wear loose and breathable clothes in order to minimize the friction between the sweat molecules and your back. Also, ensure that you wash your clothes/workout gear regularly with detergent, preferably after each wearing.
Treatment #4: You need to start keeping your hair off your back because...
As much as we hate saying it, your long and luscious longs might be the cause of all your bacne problem. That’s because if you keep your locks free, they tend to keep touching your back causing the dirt and oil in the hair to accumulate on the back thus giving way bacne. Also, ensure that you rinse the conditioner thoroughly off your hair and not allow them to run on your back. They can clog your pores and by now, you know very well what happens if your pores get clogged.
Treatment #5: Sorry but all that junk food needs to go because...
Certain foods can trigger bacne. According to this study, foods that are high on the glycemic index cause the blood sugar to rise which can in turn trigger acne. That being said, you should ideally switch to a healthy diet and include foods that fight inflammation like fish, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. Increasing your omega 3 intake via foods like salmon, avocado and walnuts can also help. After all, you are what you eat, isn’t it?
Nothing seems to work in your pursuit of getting rid of back acne? It is a sign that you should consult a Dermatologist at the earliest as it can be a severe form of acne or a sign of another underlying health condition.
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