When we were teenagers, we used to have those pesky pimples on our faces. They told us that it’s a sign of maturity and when we become of age it will go. But that is a myth. Acne can come at any age except as a toddler or infant. Sometimes it’s normal for me to have acne on my face ,but it’s more annoying if it appears on my back. Because I get to see whoever looks at my face but I can’t see those that look at my back. The thought of wearing clothes that exposes the back or swimsuits while having those pimples there doesn’t sound sexy at all.
So ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my online office where I tend to solve most of your skincare problems (winks). In this post, I will be talking about how to treat back acne, so that you can confidently rock your swimsuit this summer.
Acne always has one unique recipe, which is: Oil(sebum) + dirt(dead skin cells) + bacteria( p.acnes ) = pesky pimples. Your body produces an oil known as sebum which is made in the glands connected to the hair follicles. This sebum moves up the hair follicles to add moisture to your skin. When you have a build up of dead skin cells, it combines with the oil and serves as food for P.acnes i.e bacteria responsible for acne formation. It blocks and clogs the pore which forms white heads. And when the clogged pore gets exposed to air it forms black heads.
Hormones play a role in acne formation. During menstruation and pregnancy excess sebum Is produced. You need to take care of your skin during this period.
When you workout you will sweat, and when it is trapped under tight clothing it can create havoc to your skin.
Sometimes it runs in the family.
Treatment and prevention of back acne.
Shower after workouts.
We are always adviced to take a shower after working out. Not just to get rid of the smell but to prevent a ruckus from happening.
I am not a fan of using scrubs on the face, but more appealng when used on the body. Use exfoliating scrubs with salicylic acid at least once a week to get rid of dead skin cells.
Keep long hair off your back.
If you are the type that loves keeping long braids or wigs, then you need to keep it clean. Or you can put it up in a ponytail or a bun. Some hair care products also contains ingredients that can clog your pores so, rinse your hair properly.
Use benzoyl peroxide.
For bacteria to survive, they need a no-oxygen environment. When you use benzoyl peroxide products, it adds oxygen to the pores or hair follicles and kills them.
When your acne gets worse always see a dermatologist so that they can know the severity of acne. Sometimes oral antibiotics like silvadene or Accutane. These have to be taken under the supervision of a dermatologist, as Accutane cannot be consumed by pregnant women.
Hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading.