It may not be the most glamorous topic, but we have to address it: bacne is real, and it is not fun. The topic has become relatively taboo in today’s world, despite being an issue that many deals with on a daily basis. If you struggle with acne wreaking havoc on your back, stop stressing. Bacne is treatable and not a life sentence. Keep reading for some of our best tips on clearing your bacne once and for all.
One of the best ways to treat bacne is by using a body wash that has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. If you have severe acne-prone skin, opt for one that is an exfoliating wash as well. By exfoliating, you are removing the build-up of dead skin cells, oil, and dirt from the surface of your skin. This, in turn, will unclog pores.
If you use a washcloth when showering, make sure to use a new one each time. Bacteria can grow on the washcloth in between washes, which can cause acne breakouts. Especially when scrubbing your back, it can be easy to miss hard to reach spots. To prevent this, invest in a loofah brush on a stick that can be used to clean your entire back.
Wash Your Sheets
When you think of clear skin, you probably do not think to start with your bed. However, after a good skincare regimen, ensuring your sleeping space is clean is one of the best ways to prevent acne. When you sleep, oil, dead skin cells, and sweat rub off your body and onto your sheets. Even if they look clean, there are millions of dead skin cells collected that are invisible to us. If you continue to sleep on dirty sheets, you run the risk of accumulating these particles on your face and back. This will in turn clog pores and cause breakouts.
To best avoid this, try to change your sheets twice a week if possible. If you are looking to invest in new sheets overall, opt for lightweight cotton, which will attract less moisture when compared to other, thicker materials.
Mind the Gym
When you work out, you most likely sweat. While this is not a bad thing, it can be a trigger for breakouts—both on your face and back. However, you do not have to stop working out altogether to avoid bacne. A great place to start is making sure you wipe down any gym equipment you use with an antibacterial wipe before use. Also, be aware of how long you are in your gym clothes.
After a workout, shower immediately and scrub well with your salicylic acid-containing body wash. Skip out on workout clothing made of spandex material—because they are thicker than cotton, they easily trap moisture, sweat, and oils that will clog pores. Choose lightweight clothing, like loose shirts, which will allow your skin to breathe at ease.
Know Your Options
If all else fails and you continue to suffer from bacne, seek medical help. Call Elias Dermatology today to inquire about the many different treatments we offer for bacne, including salicylic acid peels and more.