Back off, Back Acne!

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

With summer in full swing, facial pimples are not the only skin issue causing worry. Tank tops, bikinis and sundresses are the in-demand items this season, and chances are, they’ve moved to the front of your wardrobe. The last thing you need while soaking up the sun is ugly, uncomfortable body blemishes. With these simple tips, you’ll learn how to keep your skin clear and blemish-free from head to toe.

Take on Back Acne: Tips and Treatment

Breaking Down Body Breakouts

Back acne, also called “bacne,” is a type of body acne that can come out of nowhere. Oftentimes, individuals experience body breakouts because acne forms when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and sebum (oil). Body acne is most commonly found on the back, chest, and neck, but blemishes can appear anywhere.

Acne mechanica is another form of acne common in young athletes. This condition is activated by excess heat and friction or rubbing of the skin. Acne mechanica can also occur anywhere on the face or body. Additionally, those who are already prone to body breakouts are more likely to develop acne mechanica.

Body breakouts and acne mechanica can be trigger by anything that traps heat against the body for a prolonged period of time irritates or puts pressure on the skin. Athletic gear is a huge contributor, especially among teen boys. Football gear, hockey pads, baseball caps, even sporting helmets can provoke a breakout for athletes. Sports gear traps heat and sweat against the skin, which can easily lead to breakouts. Make sure and keep all clothing loose fitting during the hot summer months.

Fighting Back Against Bacne

In most cases, body breakouts respond well to over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments. Try a facial cleanser like the Clear Skin Cleanser as your body wash, and use it daily. This unique cleanser contains natural salicylic acid from willow bark, which dissolves excess oil, dead skin cells and debris for an ultra-smooth surface. Totarol™ purifies blemish-prone disturbances at the source, while lemongrass essential oil helps to normalize and balance oil, keeping skin blemish-free.

For continued Bacne prevention, make it a goal to exfoliate 2-3 times a week to help slough off dead skin cells and prevent oils, bacteria and debris from becoming imbedded in your pores.  A body loofa is a great way to gently exfoliate the blemish prone areas, just remember to find one you can machine wash at least 2 times a month. The Clear Skin Spot Treatment is an outstanding product to keep on hand if you have a bump or two that just won’t go away. This powerhouse pimple fighter contains a 6% sulphur used as an antibacterial agent and cell regenerator, while Totarol™ effectively reduces acne disturbances. You will even get a healthy dose of zinc sulfate, an essential mineral found in skin cells that stimulates the activity of over 100 enzymatic functions such as DNA synthesis and wound healing.