Bacne is one of those things that creeps up on you. Most of the time, you’re not so bothered by it, often goes unnoticed until you have to put on your backless jumpsuit. Don’t reach for concealer and attempt to cover it up. We’ve got a three-step approach to tackle the situation.
Like the zits on your face, bacne may happen when you’re stressed. It’s also one more thing you can blame on hormones. However, unlike traditional acne, zits on your back can happen due to the clothing you wear and the activities you go through in your daily lives.
Your back, in case you don’t know this already, have thousands of sebaceous glands which produce excess oil and can lead to clogged pores. Perspiration and tight fitting clothing are also factors that can explain why many physically active women are prone to bacne.
Step 1: Assess & control
Your flexibility training at yoga will help. That, and a full length mirror. After a shower (or as and when it’s convenient for you to be naked), check out the situation you have going on.
Find out where your bacne happens most. If your zits are closer to where your bra straps, or your sports bra straps lie, it may be time to switch up your detergent to make sure your underthings really are clean when you wash them. It may just be about time you dump your nasty underthings too, girl.
If you’ve ruled out your underwear, look at what you’re using in the shower. Throw out the old loofah or shower sponge, and stick to antibacterial body cleansers like those from Cetaphil. Also, help minimise new breakouts by showering immediately after you get home after a long day out, or after you’ve been working out.
Step 2: Treat your spots
Just like you would with acne on your face, you need to treat the spots on your back to make sure it’s a back worth showing off. Treat the spots starting with what you’re using in the shower. Use a benzoyl peroxide wash – leave it on for a few minutes before you wash it off.
At night, you can spot treat with an acne formula that also contains benzoyl peroxide, like Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion. It’s worth noting that benzoyl peroxide has the potential to bleach what you’re wearing and lying on, so stick to white t-shirts and sheets while you’re doing this.
You can also spot treat, if you’re flexible enough, using Mario Badescu’s famous Drying Lotion. The Salicylic Acid and Zinc Oxide will help to disinfect and heal while the calamine in the product helps to reduce redness and calms the skin. It’s a great product to use for acne on your face too.
Remember that when you’re trying to clear up your back, you should stick to loose, breathable clothing as often as possible. Yes, you may look like you’re rocking a sack now, but it’ll be worth it.
Step 3: Get to scrubbing
Get rid of dead skin on your back, because dead skin clogs the pores, and this can lead to even more zits. I trust my back matters in the hands of my trusted pink Japanese beauty cloth, Salux. The super long textured wash towel is more sanitary than a loofah, because you can actually dry the cloth through, unlike a loofah most of the time and it’s definitely more effective than a regular ole’ washcloth.
Good luck, in a few months, your back will definitely be worth Instagramming.
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