Acne is the most common skin condition and can start popping once you reach puberty. You can get it on your face, neck, and even on your back. Unfortunately, back acne is harder to treat compared to facial acne mainly because it’s hard to reach. However, that does not mean you have to sit around and suffer as you wait for it to subside on its own. Here are treatment options that you can use for “bacne” to help you solve your skin problem.
Acne-treatment body wash
Cleansing with regular body wash won’t cut it. You’re dealing with inflammation and clogged pores, which may be triggered by your shower gel. Look for body wash or cleansers that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is suitable for whiteheads and blackheads because of its ability to unclog pores. Benzoyl peroxide is recommended for red or inflamed pimples because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
When using acne-treatment body wash, experts advise that you let the product stay on your skin for 2-3 minutes. This will help the treatment penetrate your skin and do its work. Depending on the concentration of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide on your body wash, you may experience a bit of discomfort. If it’s unbearable, look for a milder formulation or an alternative solution.
Depending on the severity of bacne, you can use OTC medications or stronger formulations that are recommended by your dermatologist. These medications are often anti-bacterial in nature and are combined with other compounds to enhance their anti-acne action. You can try using:
- Benzamycin (erythromycin + benzoyl peroxide)
- BenzaClin (clindamycin + benzoyl peroxide)
- Ziana (clindamycin + tretinoin)
Invest in a good non-absorbent cream or lotion applicator for your back so that you won’t have any problems applying the medication.
It’s highly advised that you consult with your dermatologist before using them since these combination medications are stronger.
If you have moderate to severe, or persistent acne, oral medications can help ease and control back acne. Some medicines that you could try include:
- Tetracycline Erythromycin
Due to the nature of these medications, you should ask for your dermatologist’s recommendation on how to use them. Strictly follow the intake instructions, especially with antibiotics. There’s a growing rise of antibiotic-resistant Acne vulgaris bacteria due to misuse of antibiotics.
Other tips for treating back acne
There are also some practices and routines that you need to do to help lessen back acne breakouts.
- Shower immediately after sweating – sweat can irritate acne and possibly cause breakouts. Take a shower after a good exercise or strenuous activity if you can.
- Avoid rubbing your back – anything that can cause friction and trap heat against your skin can cause breakouts. Wear loose clothing, store your favorite backpack, and loosen your bra straps to help ease the contact.
- Don’t pop or squeeze – doing so can only irritate your skin, causing large lesions that are prone to even more blockage and infection. This will also cause post-pimple scarring.
Cleanse with activated charcoal
Oil, dirt, and dead skin can clog your pores and cause acne. Activated charcoal is known to draw out impurities that are trapped deep into your pores. By using Actinera® Charcoal Dead Sea Mud Bar on your skin, you’ll be able to clear out dirt, oil, and even bacteria that cause acne.
Scrubs and coarse body wash can only irritate your skin and exacerbate breakouts. Actinera® Charcoal Dead Sea Mud Bar is mildly formulated to prevent irritation without compromising its cleansing abilities. Use it three times a week, leaving it on your skin for 2-3 minutes to let the activated charcoal work its magic.
Back acne is not something you should ignore and put aside. By following the recommended treatment of your dermatologist along with using activated charcoal, you’ll have better control over your skin.