Apart from facial acne, back acne is quite common. Although you can “hide” back acne, it also limits your wardrobe to attire which hides it. You also tend to avoid activities which will involve showing off your back. Back acne isn’t fun and finding treatment methods for it is your best chance to getting back to doing the things you love most. It might not be as easy as treating facial acne since you don’t see much of your back. However, treating the acne is important if you want others to love the look of your back whenever you decide to go bare back. Here are some of the treatment methods.
Wash your back
Washing your back here doesn’t mean the simple few seconds of scrubbing and rinsing. It means you need to concentrate a lot on your back when washing it. Wash your back with washcloths or brushes which have exfoliating characteristics. This helps to scrape off the dead skin cells. It is best to experiment with different washing agents before sticking to one which doesn’t irritate the skin or further worsen the breakouts. Once you have washed, ensure that you clean and dry out the back. After this, ensure that you moisturize the back as dry skin triggers sebum production in the oil glands.
Using benzoyl peroxide based acne treatment
Benzoyl peroxide based body washes are a great way to eliminate back acne. When included in body wash, it acts as an exfoliant. That is, it peels off dead skin cells and also helps to unclog the skin pores. Despite being a great way to clear acne pimples and prevent scarring, it doesn’t have an antibacterial effect. Therefore, if you stop using the product, you might experience breakouts again. Apart from body washes, you can also apply benzoyl peroxide based gels and lotions to your back to get rid of back acne.
Using salicylic acid based acne treatment
Salicylic based body washes also work in the same way as benzoyl based body washes. Also, they don’t have antibacterial properties meaning you have to continue using them to stay clear of breakouts. You can also find salicylic acid based lotions, creams and gels which can be applied to help eliminate back acne.
Apart from topical application of acne treatment, you can also take oral antibiotics to clear breakouts on the back. Some of the antibiotics that you can take include tetracycline, minocycline and erythrocycline. These are effective for acne breakouts in all parts of the body. You should however be aware of possible side effects including vaginal yeast infections in women and stomach upset among others. It is also recommended you consult a dermatologist before taking any medication to treat back acne.
Change in diet
The diet plays a major role in acne breakouts. Diets rich in processed sugars have been found to cause acne. Changing to diets containing less of these sugars will help in the treatment of back acne. A good way to go about changing your diet is checking the foods which you eat. The best foods for your body are the organic foods which don’t have any chemicals in them. Also, fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber and sugars for the body.
Using clean fabrics
The back area has a large surface area which comes into contact with fabric. You need to ensure that any attire coming into contact with the back is clean. Also, you should wear loose fitting or garments made from breathable material like cotton to allow for air circulation. You also need to ensure that your bedding is clean. This will help to prevent the thriving of acne causing bacteria and buildup of dirt which can contribute to acne.
If you have tried different methods on how to treat back acne, you can agree that it isn’t and easy task. The back area is quite large and without the help of a mirror, you cannot be able to judge whether the treatment method works or not. I have compiled a short report detailing 5 easy steps on how to get rid of acne. The report contains treatment methods which I have tried out and found to be effective. The methods don’t have side effects and you won’t need a mirror to know that they work.