Summer: the season of sun, surf, tanning and…acne breakouts.
And it’s not just our faces that suffer during the hot months.
Most of us will see breakouts on our necks, chest, shoulders and the area which we’re going to discuss today, our backs.
We’re going to teach you guys exactly how to get rid of back acne, including one tip that won’t cost you much, plus offer our advice on some products that work best on this area of your body.
How Is Back Acne Any Different?
It’s a great question to start with and in fact there’s a couple of reasons as to why ‘backne’ is different to the usual acne found on our face and neck.
Firstly we need to consider the fact that the pores on our back are normally much wider than on our face.
Add to that the fact that our backs also contain thousands of oil producing glands, that can get a little outta control with overproduction, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for some serious acne.
Therefore stronger treatment is required to battle this production of oil and prevent it from clogging our pores.
A Dermatologist’s Perspective On Back Acne
Our Top Tip On How To Get Rid Of Back Acne
If you would rather save your hard-earned dolla dolla bills and DIY your way to clearer skin, simply follow these 3 simple steps:
Step One: Steam
This is a really simple step – all you have to do is fill a bathtub full of hot water and mix in 5-10 drops of tea tree oil (helps to kill any outside infection) and a cup of sea salt (a natural exfoliator).
Soak for at least 15 minutes fully submerged before drying off. Your pores should now be fully open, giving us an opportunity to supply our skin with the proper nutrients to fight acne.
Step Two: Get Some Sun!
That’s right, we’re giving you permission to soak up the rays!
Did you know that vitamin D3 from the sun is actually a type of hormone? Not only that, but it’s one that your body needs to stay in its best shape.
In fact, one of the major reasons why our sebaceous glands overproduce oil is due to an imbalance of D3 in our bodies.
You see, Vitamin D3 from the sun has the ability to restore normal hormone levels in our bodies, and in turn tone down the production of natural oils.
It’s also incredibly hard to absorb into our skin, which makes it important to get as much sun as possible after our special bath, when our pores are at their cleanest and most open.
But don’t overdo it, 10-15 minutes without sunscreen and in direct sunlight should be more than enough.
After all, we don’t want you to burn!
Step 3 : Grow Your Own Moisturizer
We’re referring to a plant that contains probably the highest concentration of vitamin B - aloe vera.
In steps 1 and 2 you cleansed, exfoliated and bathed your body in Vitamin D3 but you also stripped your body of some essential nutrients.
These nutrients need to be replaced in order to heal and strengthen your skin and to prevent it from scarring. Luckily, aloe vera is incredibly easy to grow yourself as it’s basically a weed.
Simply, peel back the skin and get a friend or family member to rub the aloe onto your back and wait for it to dry.
It’s very important that you do not have a shower for at least 3-5 hours after finishing this process. Vitamin B and D3 require a lot of time to absorb properly into your body and having a shower will wash away the nourishing benefits before they have enough time to enter into your system.
Et voila! A simple and natural way to stop backne in its tracks. Just make sure to stick to a consistent routine of using this process at least 3-4 times a week in order to see the best results.
How To Accelerate Your Results
People who tried this technique were able to accelerate their results using Neutrogena Body Clear Spray. Using a specialized body spray for acne can have a major difference on the overall outcome. You should expect the time taken to see results cut in half when combining these two forms of treatment.