If there was one thing we all had to collectively agree was irrelevant and annoying, bacne would, without a doubt, be up there on the list. I remember being thirteen years old and nervous to wear tank tops at school for the chance of my peers seeing the red spots that sprinkled my shoulders and back. Five years later, more confident and less dependant on my appearance for validation, I don’t mind the occasional spot or two on my back. Whether our societal norms like it or not, our skin will breakout from time to time, especially during periods of change in hormones, weather, and health routines. With all that being said, there are some simple ways to keep blemishes to a minimum, so that if you’re completely over having bacne as your unwanted accessory, read on!
The materials that make up your clothing play an integral role in the health of your skin. Natural fibers such as cotton, silk, linen, hemp, and cashmere are beneficial as they aren’t treated with heavy chemicals, are lightweight, and allow skin to breathe (especially on steamy days). Avoid materials such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, or “wrinkle free” fabric as they have potentially toxic properties and can irritate sensitive skin.
Theoretically obvious but practically hard to maintain. We’ve all been faced with the decision- stay cozy in bed or get up and do our skin care routine. I encourage you to keep up with your routine religiously because flawless skin won’t come overnight. Make sure to cleanse and moisturize twice a day and always shower right after you work out!
Excess oils and dead skin can contribute to all types of acne, and usually cleansing your back with acne products is an afterthought. A good scrub used a few times a week will help get rid of the oils and dead skin clogging your pores. And as with all exfoliators, don’t give in to the temptation of daily use, as it might cause skin abrasion and even worse bacne than before! Ingredients like activated charcoal can be good for gentle, natural exfoliation.
Skin on your back is just as sensitive as skin on your face and so you should cleanse it as such. If your skin type on your face matches your back, feel free to extend your facial cleanser to your shoulders and back, and cleanse them whenever you cleanse your face. Products that contain salicylic acid are very effective, such as the philosophy Clear Days Ahead™ Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser ($30.00 at Sephora).
It may seem counterintuitive to put more moisture on a presumably already oily area but moisturizer is a key part in keeping skin healthy and blemish free. When skin isn’t getting enough moisture it may produce excess oil, which leads to more acne, thus you should moisturize your back after every time you cleanse it. Since your back produces more oil, a light moisturizer is recommended such as the First Aid BeautySkin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer ($37.00 at Sephora).
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