• Autumn Hodak

How to Treat Bacne

There is no denying that summertime fashion calls for off-the-shoulder and backless tops. But what does that mean for us with bacne and back acne scars? I always commend showing up comfortable in your skin, but I know that isn't always easy. So I put together a few tips to keep your back clear while you enjoy rocking your summer tops.

Bacne is short for back acne- simply put, it's a breakout on your back. Just like the skin on your face, your back is home to many sebaceous glands that excrete oil known as sebum. When bacteria, dead cells, and sebum build-up, they can inflame the pores, leading to a breakout.

Ok, so as if dealing with acne on your face isn't enough, we have to worry about our backs, chest, and butts too.

Because the back is home to a dense collection of sweat and oil glands, it's more susceptible to breakouts—plus, the area is almost always covered by clothing, which can cause further damage to the skin (more on that to come).

What causes bacne?

Hormones and oil production are the two main factors that contribute to breakouts on our backs. When the hormones in our bodies change, this causes an increase in oil production, the shedding of dead skin cells and bacteria. The pores cannot keep up, in turn clogging the pores and causes acne to form.

Although bacne cannot be cured, here are a few ways that you can help keep your back clear:

Ditch your fragrance laundry detergent and dryer sheets: These products contain a waxy residue that can coat your clothing, and it's highly comedogenic. Switch to a fragrance-free laundry detergent and use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.

Avoid backpacks when you can: Rubbing and friction can cause acne on the back, called acne mechanica, and it can inflame acne making scars more likely.

Wear breathable clothing: Avoid trapping sweat and heat, such as cotton rather than polyblend fabrics.

Use an acne-safe body wash: Washing with an acne-specific body cleanser will help to decrease acne pimples and inflammation quickly.

Don't pick: Even though some of our back acne pimples may be within our reach, picking only increases injury to your skin and makes it even more likely scars will form.

Wash your back frequently: It's best to get out of gym clothes as soon as you're done working out. Then, jump in the shower right away to wash away the sweat and bacteria before it clogs up the pores. Make sure you wash your gym gear regularly, too.

Wash your back after conditioning: Even if your shampoo and conditioner are acne-safe, throw your hair into a clip after you rinse out your conditioner and wash your back with a cleanser to prevent any pore-clogging.

Don't skip moisturizer: A moisturizer helps control oil while infusing your pores with nutrients to clear, soothe, and brighten your skin.

ALWAYS Use SPF: You want to protect your skin against UV rays. Opt for mineral-based sunscreen that will sit on your skin and prevent toxins from entering your pores.

Apply a thin layer of Vaseline: I know what you're thinking... "what?" But trust me, apply a thin layer of Vaseline before taking a dip in the pool. This will help protect your skin from the chemicals in a swimming pool that can clog your pores.

These bacne tips will help keep the pesky breakouts away while you enjoy your summer. If you want to break up with your breakouts, schedule a Journey Call to see how you can start your journey to clear skin.

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