Those who suffer from acne would say that the unaesthetic look is the main downside of this condition, ahead of pain and discomfort. Granted face acne isn’t particularly painful it can ruin your look, so it is easy to emphasize the aesthetics, but things chance when you suffer from back acne. The thick skin and the fact that there are several gland in that area working to produce oil and fat, make it difficult to treat the condition. As the pores get clogged and lesions appear, there is a constant danger of back acne to lead to more serious conditions such as cysts and nodules.
Causes and Symptoms
Back acne (also called ‘bacne’) is a fairly common among people with facial acne. Sweat is one of the causes for back acne because it creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and is also aggravates existing conditions. Obviously, hereditary factors are not to be overlooked because those who have a family member suffering from back acne are more likely to develop the condition themselves. Hormone imbalances are largely responsible for acne in all its forms and sometimes medication can have this side effects, particularly barbiturates and steroids. Sebaceous glands that are pushed into overdrive regardless of reason, will also increase the risk of back acne.
Natural Remedies for Back Acne
When it comes time to treat the symptoms of acne on the back, there are a variety of common household tricks and lifestyle changes to consider. With a little patience and extra attention, you can put the following home remedies for back acne to good use:
1Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply apple cider vinegar to your back that has been diluted with three parts water. This remedy should be repeated at least twice per day. After a week has passed, increase the strength to a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. If you experience no irritation, follow up with a full-strength application. The astringent properties of the vinegar will help to clear up back acne.
2DAWN Antibacterial Dishwashing Soap Liquid
Dawn Dish Soap will actually help clear up back acne in some people. Use the Dawn Ultra Concentrated Antibacterial Soap with a back exfoliator to help remove dead skin in the shower. Rinse as usual.
Using the gel that comes from snapping off a piece of aloe vera plant can become an effective way to heal acne on the back. The juice from the plant also encourages a faster healing process. Just rub the gel into the affected area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse as usual, do this routine regularly to see results.
4 Honey and Sugar
Scrub away dead skin cells and other impurities that clog the pores with a honey and sugar mixture. Stir together a few tablespoons of sugar and honey (for healing inflammation and addressing bacterial infections) to create a massage scrub for the back. Gently rub into the skin or have someone do it for you while in the shower. Allow the remedy to soak into the skin, and then completely rinse off. Repeat the massage two times a week to prevent and treat back acne.
Crush a tomato and apply the pulp to affected skin. Allow the mask to work its magic for 30 minutes before washing off with cold water. The tomato provides the body with vitamins A and C, and also helps reduce the size of pores.
Opt for wearing breathable cotton clothing when fighting an acne outbreak on your back.
7 Drop the Backpack
Wearing a backpack will worsen acne on the back during your treatments. Once you have cleared up the problem, you can resume wearing the backpack.
The way you sleep can affect the skin health of your back. To avoid rubbing your back against the bed when asleep, get in the habit of sleeping on your side.
9Clean Sheets and Blankets
The cleanliness of your blankets and bed sheets can affect the health of your skin. Make sure your linens are clean to avoid worsening the acne on your back.
10Fruits and Vegetables
To get rid of back acne, fruits and vegetables can help detoxify the body and give a boost to the immune system.
Eating three to four cloves of garlic on a daily basis to help the immune system better fight off the bacteria that causes back acne.
Applying a thin layer of white toothpaste to your back can help dry out the oil that leads to pimples on the back. Leave the remedy on for 30 minutes or until it completely dries. Use cool water to gently rinse the toothpaste from your back. The toothpaste can be used as a daily treatment.
13Avoid Certain Drinks
Try replacing your soda, coffee and tea intake with herbal or green tea to take advantage of healing antioxidants.
14Increase Water Intake
Since water flushes out the impurities in the body, you can cleanse your entire system by drinking 1 ½ to 2 liters of water on a daily basis.
15 Honey Lemon Water
In the morning (when you first wake up with an empty stomach), drink a glass of lukewarm water with half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey added to it for enhanced removal of toxins and impurities in your system that can cause acne on the back.
16Cinnamon Powder and Lemon Juice
Add freshly squeezed, natural lemon juice to cinnamon powder to create a home remedy for back acne. Combine three tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of powdered cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Spread a thin layer over affected skin, and then leave on for about one hour. Rinse off the skin using cool water.
Oatmeal will help in the absorption of excess oil on the skin that contributes to acne on the back. Cook plain oatmeal in the same way you would for breakfast. Add ¼ cup of honey to the oatmeal, and allow the ingredients to cool. After the oatmeal has cooled, apply to acne-affected areas of the back. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Use lukewarm water to remove the remedy.
Prepare a mask to treat back acne by mixing mint juice and turmeric together. Rub on the remedy and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off the treatment with lukewarm water. The mint offers the anti-inflammatory properties of menthol that will help fight inflammation and reduce pain.
19Nutmeg and Milk
Treat back acne and leftover scars with a paste made from nutmeg and milk. Place nutmeg in a small bowl, and then add milk to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste and leave on for about an hour or two. Over time, you should see a noticeable change in your back acne.
20Sugar and Olive Oil
Create a healing paste for back acne by combining enough sugar crystals and olive oil to create a paste-like consistency. Add a couple of drops of lime juice to the paste to help sanitize your back.
21 Radish Seeds
Treat your back acne with a mixture of radish seeds, honey and milk. Add one tablespoon of radish seeds to a blender with one tablespoon each of milk and honey. Blend the ingredients until a smooth paste is made. Apply a thick layer of the paste to the skin. Leave on for up to two hours, and then follow up with a rinse of cool water. Apply your regular moisturizer. Keep the remaining paste in a container with a tight lid in the refrigerator for up to five days. This remedy can be applied warm or cold.
Apply lemon juice to acne scars on your back using a cotton ball. Leave the juice on your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. Keep in mind that lemon juice makes skin sensitive to the sun, so cover up your back with a shirt or wear sunscreen when going out.
23Exfoliate with Salt
Treat back acne with salt exfoliation. The grittiness of the salt mixed with other ingredients can help remove dead skin cells and bacteria that can contribute to acne on the back. Some people have gotten good results by combining salt with tea tree oil to create a paste. Apply the remedy to your back and leave on for a couple of hours. Use cool water to rinse off the salt scrub.
Mix equal quantities of lime juice and rose water together to create a mask that is applied to the back with a cotton ball. Leave the remedy on overnight, and wash off in the morning. The lime offers a natural astringent effect that helps removing extra oil on the skin.
25 Take a Shower
Immediately after sweating, shower off the dirt and bacteria. When exercising at a gym, skip the stream room after a sweaty workout, and go straight to the showers.
26Choose Fragrance-free Cleansers
Keep the back region clean without aggravating acne by using cleansers that do not contain any perfumes or fragrances. Wash affected areas at least two times per day.
Treat cystic acne on the back by blending honey and turmeric together to create a paste. Apply the mixture for 20 to 30 minutes on the back. Wash off using lukewarm water.
Possessing strong astringent properties, witch hazel can offer soothing relief that cleanses an acne breakout on the back. Apply the cooling toner to affected areas before going to bed.