It is bad enough to have painful acne on the face, the difficult-to-reach back is tougher. Bacne, a combination of “back” and “acne,” is common in pre-pubescent teens and adults as well. The causes are hormonal fluctuations, excess bacteria, blocked pores, and excessive sweating.
There is a plethora of over-the-counter acne medications available. Besides these some lifestyle changes can go a long way in reducing the severity of eruptions. Tackling bacne is similar to the other forms ofacne.
Sweating: People who sweat excessively, should shower immediately after exertion and wear breathable fabrics like cotton. It is recommended to wear well-fitting and fresh inner wear every day that don’t chaff your skin.
Water: Change your shower head which filters out the chlorine in your water if you have chlorinated water. Shower heads pre-equipped with filters do not cost much and can have a profound impact on your skin.
Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating will help clear dead-cell buildup which clog the pores.
Ph balance: A skin pH or alkalinity of 4.7 is beneficial for skin health. Use products paying particular attention to pH balance feature.
Body wash: Washing your body with an oil-free medicated body wash with 2% salicylic acid could be helpful. Concentrate on the areas with acne and wait a minute or so before rinsing. Let the medicine sink in and do its work.
Hair products: Make sure to keep your hair tied up as hair product remnants could also be a major contributor to bacne.
Detergent: Make sure to use clean bed spreads, pillows, and blankets. Ideally it is recommended changing them every week. Also, check your laundry detergent if you have sensitive skin.
Well-balanced diet: Practicing a well-balanced diet is essential by incorporating fresh fruits, juices, and vegetables. Go easy on sugars, saturated fats, and starch. Junk food cause hormonal imbalance triggering bacne.
Detoxify: Drink plenty of water. Lay off on both hot and cold beverages. If that is not possible, then go easy on them.
Eliminating stress: Stress is a major contributor to bacne. Eliminating stress is next to impossible but taking time off to relax with family and friends or doing some activity will not only keep the acne at bay but also promote overall wellbeing.
Home cures: There are plenty of home cures, the efficacy of which cannot be disputed. Since every individual is unique what works for one may not be as effective for another person. What is suitable for you can only be found out through trials and error. Aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil are some of the most touted cures.
Aloe vera: Apply Aloe Vera solution/gel/cream/pulp of the plant to the affected areas after taking a bath for best results.
Apple cider vinegar: Make a solution of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water, applying it to the affected areas on your back.
Spot treatment: Dermatologists recommend using benzoyl peroxide gels and body washes, salicylic acid toners or pads and glycolic acid toners or pads. If everything fails, prescription oral antibiotics normally clear it up.
Any medication or lifestyle changes will show results only gradually over a period of 2 to 6 months.
There is no magical cure, so have patience.