Although it is often hidden from public view, back acne can often inhibit your life and self esteem as much as acne on your face. It can make you shy to wear a swimsuit or light clothing in the summer.
It can make you shy away from a hug or other personal show of affection from a loved one.
Unfortunately, the location of the outbreak can make it more difficult to get rid of back acne. It is difficult to reach for cleansing and to apply topical treatments.
Topical treatments you can apply may have a tendency to stain your clothes.
This does not mean that there is no way to treat or prevent back acne. All it means is that you will have to change your routine and make a little more effort. Making some small additions and changes can make a giant difference in getting rid of your back acne.
What Not To Do
There is a tendency to scratch and pick at back acne. While this is always a bad thing for acne, it can be exceptionally bad for back acne.
Your inability to reach and see what you are doing can leave you literally in the dark, gouging at your skin without any real rhyme or reason.
You are very likely to severely damage your skin which will keep your acne from healing and leave you with back acne scars.
It is impossible to avoid sweating. In fact, staying healthy to prevent acne includes staying fit through exercise. You are bound to sweat often if you exercise.
Sweating is a good thing. It is how your body cools itself during vigorous activity and it does help purge the pores.
However, if the sweat is not rinsed away and stay on your body for any length of time, you will have severe acne breakouts, especially on your back.
It is important that you keep your skin clean after you have sweated. Do not let the sweat stay on your body.
After you exercise, take a shower. If it is a hot day, shower when you come in. This may seem inconvenient, but you will see a remarkable change in your complexion if you make this effort.
Also, do not use anything but an acne-fighting cleanser when you shower. Scented soaps will aggravate your skin, weakening it and making it prone to outbreaks.
Moisturizing soaps will clearly clog your pores and not thoroughly rinse away the material which clogs your pores.
What to Do
An important thing to know about how to get rid of back acne is that the area still needs to be cleaned as well as you would any other area of skin.
It does not matter if your back is difficult to reach. The skin has to be clean or your acne will never go away.
This is why you should invest in a good quality lufah on a stick. A lufah, also known as a loofah, is a sponge like tree vine that grows around the Mediterranean. It is used worldwide as a scrubber to be used during baths and showers.
Its softness is gentle on the skin, but still firm enough to adequately remove dirt and grime.
It should be relatively easy to find a lufah on a stick. They are even made with a curvature, making it easier to reach your back. You can apply your acne cleanser to the lufah and thoroughly wash your entire back. It will make the process much easier.
Exfoliation is also vital to removing clogs from pores and relieving acne. Many lufah on a stick also come with another side or end that has a much firmer, coarse type of sponge.
You can use this end to deeply scrub your acne, removing the material within your pores, without damaging your skin.
Make sure you are always wearing the right type of clothing. Your skin needs to be allowed to breathe if you are going to be able to resist acne breakouts.
Most of your skin is in the open air, so this is not an issue. However, your back is covered most of the day.
Try to wear clothes made from natural fibers like hemp or cotton. Natural fibers improve ventilation and they also absorb excess moisture. Wearing synthetic and artificial fabrics will have quite the opposite effect. They will also increase your likelihood of sweating too much.
Try to avoid clothes that are too tight. Skin covered by tight clothing cannot breathe at all. Furthermore, the friction from the tight clothing continuously rubbing against your skin will force more dirt, oil, and bacteria into your pores, causing even more acne.
Healing From The Inside
While it must be treated differently on the outside, back acne is handled exactly the same as all other acne on the inside. With the exception of the differences noted above, back acne causes tend to be the same reasons you get acne on other parts of your body. Hormone imbalances, endocrine problems, bad reactions to poor nutrition and over processed food, inability to cope with stress, and many other factors all influence your complexion.