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Getting Rid Of Back Acne, Or Should We Say Backne

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How To Get Rid Of Back Acne

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

neutrogena body clear sprayPeople 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.

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28 comments… add one

  • The Savvy Sistah April 8, 2013 10:20 am

    Great tips!!! I’m going to start growing my own aloe Vera and get a little extra sun this year!

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  • Nice! That’s what I like to hear! Keep us in the loop if you do grow your own :-)

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  • Aloe is very easy to grow. Bought kine from local nursery. I have it in a pot and it never dies. I ignored it for months and its still going strong.

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  • It’s one hell of a little wonder plant :-)

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  • I use Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Spray after a shower with Oxy’s acne control body wash.

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  • Hey Tara,

    Does that dry out your skin though? I know Oxy can be quite harsh for some people…

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  • Can Epsom salt be used in place of sea salt?

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  • Hmmm I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not :)

    If you give it a shot, let us know what you think!

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  • Thank you Thank you Thank you! Definitely going to start using the body spray!

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  • Awesome Caitlyn! So happy you found the post useful :-)

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  • THANK YOU! This is very helpful :)

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  • Glad you liked it Kellie :-)

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  • Can u use the aloe Vera gel?

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  • Yep you can use the gel as long as it doesn’t have any preservatives or additives in it :)

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  • can you just use the body spray where ever you have acne on body or do you have to follow the steps also?

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  • No you can just use the spray however you wish :)

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  • I’ve had back acne for about 16 years now. I will literally fall to my hands and knees sobbing if this works. It’s honestly defeated me as a person. My back has never been acne free since I was about 14 and I am damaged. Unable to have relationships, unable to go to the beach, forget about a social life. Endless HOURS in the shower crying and digging at my skin. I pray that one day I will be normal.

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  • I’m so sorry to hear that. I really hope this post helps you out. I can only imagine how frustrating it has been for you.
    If you haven’t already tried, I would also suggest trying the Exposed Skin Care Body Acne Kit. My sister tried it and while it inflamed her body acne for the first week, with continued use she saw a massive difference. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you :)

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  • Have you tried switching to natural laundry detergent and ditching the fabric softener? A lot of people get irritations, acne, eczema, and other skin problems from those things. Also, you might want to try natural body care stuff. It is worth the try. Good luck, I hope it helps.

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  • Thanks for that reply Jessica. Great ideas…fabric softner used to make my skin go NUTS too!

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  • I kno how it is to have skin problems ive had it since middle school,and still struggle sometimes. Just remember dont over due it because drying your skin too much will make it break out too. Tea tree oil will dry it up and moisturize also. Walgreens has some for about 5 dollars, it has coconut oil in it so thats your moisture. Apple cider vinegar diluted with water , when applied it works wonders. I crush up an aspirin and add a little water to form a paste, apply to area and let dry. Use white tooth paste to acne and let dry. U can use the blue listerine also, apply it to the area it will help dry it out. If u cany buy that expensive wash/ spray. Use the applecider vinegar and water and spray onto your skin. Mix in a aspirin into your favorite body wash and just keep using until it better, then only use it everyother day. Let me kno if this helps, because it sure helped me. Good luck :)

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  • I’m really out of ideas to try to clean my back its horrible! Every where on my upper back where my sports bra covers. I’ve tried tea tree oil and oxy body was alcohol neosporin. I’m for real put of easy ideas I don’t care about it going away fast I just want it gone and to keep it gone.

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  • Have you tried Exposed Body Care? It is just a touch harsh on the skin if you have naturally sensitive/dry skin, BUT works wonders. Or at least it did for my sister.

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  • I had back acne from early teens into my 30s. Grew up using Suave products. I suffered with back acne until I switched to using Lever 2000 antibacterial soap and a different brand shampoo/conditioner. My back stopped breaking out! I used Lever 2000 for a long while and have moved on to Dove bar soap. I also soap up AFTER shampooing/conditioning to make sure conditioner is washed off my back. Also throw my head forward to wash hair under shower head instead of letting run down my back.
    I stopped using Suave shampoo & conditioner because I noticed it would break my back out every time I went back to using it.

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  • Sunbathing is great advice unless you carry the gene for melanoma and watched your brother pass away from this super deadly and painful form of cancer that spreads from the skin to all major bones then your brain. Yep, horrible way to die! And do you know that of all cases of melanoma 50% are genetic! It pains me terribly to hear people giving others advice “to soak up the sun!” You do not know what genes others are,carrying or what their family history’s are! Shame on you! If you are having problems with your skin, SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM A MEDICAL DOCTOR . Not someone on the Internet

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  • So sorry to hear about your brother. I won’t disagree that seeking medical advice is always the number one option, but V was not suggesting people soak up the sun unprotected for hours on end. She simply stated a few minutes in the sun (which is in fact supported by medical research) and no more than that are considered safe and healthy. Our intent is to inform people of alternative options, however we make it a point in our disclaimer and our articles to mention that if you have any doubt, speak with a medical professional first. Again so sorry for your loss and all the best.

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  • What to do about sun in the winter time?

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  • I would look into Vitamin D supplements during the winter months. Just double check with your doctor first!

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