As the weather warms up and we swap our turtlenecks and sweatshirts for flowy dresses and linen cami tops, the last thing you want to do is shy away from baring your back and shoulders when spring and summer approaches. Bacne can be challenging to deal with, but not impossible to tackle. Keep reading to find out how to get rid of bacne.
What is Bacne?
Bacne is short for ‘back acne’. While an uncomfortable and pesky concern to those suffering, it’s actually very common – similar to the acne experienced on the face, bacne is typically characterised as pimples, black heads and scarring on the back and shoulders.
What causes Bacne?
Bacne can be caused by an array of things. Sebaceous glands cover the vast majority of our bodies, mostly around areas that have hair follicles. These sebaceous glands secrete an oil like substance called sebum. Sebum naturally protects your skin from moisture loss, but when there is an excess of sebum production coupled with grime and dead skin cells, that’s when your skin starts to break out.
How to get rid of Bacne
1. Lather up
When you jump into the shower don’t forgot to pay attention to your back, especially post-work out! The combination of sweat, dirt, oil and bacteria is the perfect environment for bacne. Reach for a body wash that has some active ingredients like salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works by “unplugging” the pores of dead skin cells while simultaneously calming down any breakouts.
Following the theme of banishing dead skin cells, exfoliating is key to tackling bacne. The skin on our backs, shoulders and chest are a lot more tough compared to the delicate skin on our face. So, opting for a granular exfoliant is recommended. Our Smoothing Body Exfoliating Gel is a perfectly balanced blend of natural exfoliators which help to gently polish away dead surface skin cells, revealing fresher, smoother skin. A plus is that it also includes a unique micellar cleansing blend made from plant-based extracts that’ll further remove surface impurities while nurturing the skin. We recommend using the exfoliator in the shower on clean skin, before washing with soap or
3. Wash your hair first
You most likely haven’t thought about it, but your hair conditioner could be the cause of your bacne flare ups. Most hair conditioners are filled with silicones and oils that are comedogenic (pore clogging). You wouldn’t wash your body with hair conditioner, but unintentionally that’s what’s happening when you rinse out your hair and the excess product goes down your back. Try washing your hair before you cleanse your body. If you shower first and wash your hair after, you’d be undoing the pore de-gunking work of your body wash and exfoliator.
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing
When you wear tight clothes, what you’re doing is creating a humid environment for your back. In other words, a breeding ground for bacteria. Sweat, mixed in with dirt and dead skin cells is a no-go if you want to get rid of bacne. If you’re a gym-fanatic, opt for fabrics like bamboo which is light, breathable and also absorbs moisture while regulating your body temperature. Another tip is to steer clear from laundry detergents with artificial fragrances and fabric softeners with fillers. Go for skin and Earth friendly laundry products to minimise exacerbating your bacne.
5. Use natural body products
Avoid using products that could potentially further irritate your skin. Natural body products contain skin-loving, nourishing ingredients that nurture the health of your skin and are a way to help get rid of bacne naturally. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it acts as a protective barrier, so treat it with care. Our Calendula Cream is free from harsh chemicals and rich in pure organic botanicals grown on our farm in South Australia. Gently press into any inflamed skin you have on your back. Packed with potent plant-based antioxidants, your skin will be left feeling comforted and protected.
Tip: Avoid popping or picking your bacne, as this could lead to more breakouts and scarring.
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