How To Get Rid Of Bacne: 6 Skin Routine Tips
Backne: As if dealing with acne wasn't bad enough, this is a skin menace that sneaks up on us out of nowhere.
Like the skin on our face, the skin on our backs has thousands of pores that secrete a substance called sebum, and excessive sebum secretion clogs up our pores. The accumulation of sebum plus dead skin cells leads to backne. This skin condition usually starts around puberty and can continue till your 20's or 30's. Some people have mild backne that occasionally pops up here and there, while others have more severe breakouts. But don't worry, getting rid of backne happens to be a whole lot easier than acne; all you need is a few simple tweaks to your routine.
Here are a couple of steps you can take to prevent the formation of back acne.
- Regular showers:
Just showering regularly and thoroughly can drastically reduce backne. Especially on hot days or right after a workout. Letting sweat build up on your skin is a big no-no. So don't wait to hit the showers after a workout and work a good scrub into your routine daily.
Since the accumulation of sebum and dead skin cells causes backne, you can easily reduce it by exfoliating thoroughly. Exfoliation helps to open up your pores, making it easier to remove accumulated dirt and sebum. Dead skin cells also get scrubbed off quickly, and with your pores unclogged, backne doesn't stand a chance of surviving on your skin.
Granted that our backs can be a tricky spot to reach, but that's what The Better Bath’s Back Scrubs are for! They have a long wooden handle to get to even the toughest spots, use them along with your body wash to gently scrub your back clean.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes:
During your workouts, wearing loose-fitting clothes is the way to go. Snug clothes can cause friction and irritate your skin, leading to breakouts. It also traps and rubs dirt and sweat into your skin, clogging your pores. The same goes for staying in the same clothes for more than a day. So let your skin breathe, do your laundry regularly and watch as the backne fades away!
- Change your bedsheets:
Changing and washing your bedsheets and pillowcases regularly is a must, backne or no backne! Bed sheets are usually swimming with dead skin cells and dust, which can aggravate your skin and cause flare-ups. As a general rule of thumb, keep everything that comes into contact with your back clean, and you'll see a reduction in back acne.
- Keep your hair up:
If you have long hair, it could be making your backne worse. Your hair has natural oils that keep it moisturized and healthy, but when that oil rubs off on your back, it can clog up your pores. The friction from your hair aggravates the skin as well, making it prone to breakouts. Try to keep your hair off your back on hot days or when you're working out. When you’re showering, don’t allow shampoo runoff to run down your back. You can use The Better Bath’s Waterproof Reusable Shower Cap to wrap your hair up safely and keep it off your back while you bathe.
- Do not pop pimples:
This one goes without saying; popping or scratching at backne will only worsen and cause it to spread further. It will also lead to scarring, and unlike your face, your back is not so easy to take a look at. You might not even notice the scars forming. So keep your hands off for an acne-free back!
These tips are all you need to prevent the formation of pesky backne. To treat backne, you can also get over the counter medicines like topical creams, ointments, or products with salicylic acid in them. If your case is severe, consult a dermatologist to get the situation under control.
Want to know more bath time hacks for better skin? Read here: A Skincare Guide To Prevent Ageing