Acne is generally associated with the face and our teenage years, but it can occur anywhere on the body and at any age. All acne is caused when skin pores become blocked by dead skin cells or dirt, and bacteria rapidly grow there. If you have oily skin, you’re at greater risk of developing acne.
While it may not affect your appearance, back acne can be painful. It can make sitting or leaning back uncomfortable, and you might even find wearing certain clothes irritable.
Things you can do:
Aside from using a retinol-based cream to treat back acne, there are steps you can take to get rid of it:
• Regular and effective cleaning is the most important thing. This can be more difficult than it sounds when it comes to your back, and you might have to shop around for cleaning aids (such as extended bath sponges) to help you reach your back when cleaning. Sweat can be a particular problem on the back, and it’s a prime site for clogged skin pores. Scrub them clear!
• Don’t touch the affected area. Again, this is easier said than done, as it’s very tempting to try and get rid of acne by squeezing the spots. But in fact you risk spreading bacteria from your hands and making the area worse; also, you might end up with secondary infection and scarring if you burst the spots.
• Improve your diet. We all know about healthy eating – increase your fresh fruit and vegetables, and reduce fatty and processed foods; avoid fried food. But it does make a difference to the development of acne.
• Increase your fluids to flush out toxins that can lead to acne. By increasing your fluids, that means non sugary and non caffeine drinks.
• Get active. It’s well known that improved circulation is important to preventing skin problems, but if you’re not used to exercise, be careful to prepare an activity plan that is suitable for your health.
• Switch to an oil-free or a medicated bodywash if you find your back acne particularly stubborn. And while you’re at it, have a look at all of the skin care products you use, and select ones that will keep your skin hydrated but not oily.
• If you live in an area where it’s warm enough, it can be very beneficial to expose your back to some sunshine (but take care to prevent sunburn!) or to bathe in sea water.
Back acne need not be as bad as it seems, with some simple changes to your lifestyle.