Top Tips to Avoid ‘Bacne’
Most of us suffer from annoying outbreaks of spots and pimples from time to time. However, when these happen across your back and shoulders, it can make you feel quite miserable and – because the irritation is usually under your clothes – very sore and uncomfortable. Back acne or ‘bacne’ as it is sometimes known, is a common complaint, experienced by both men and women from teenagers right through to mature adults. The sad fact is that if you suffer from breakouts on your back, they are quite likely to spread to your face or even into your hairline and scalp over time if you don’t nip them in the bud.
What Causes ‘Bacne’?
Facial skin breakouts are usually caused when dead skin cells and oils get caught around follicles or in pores and create a blockage, leading to a spot. What many people don’t realise is that the skin on your back, shoulders and chest has a large number of sebaceous glands, so is equally prone to producing excess sebum. This natural oil tends to trap dead skin cells, leading to troublesome spots, pimples and blackheads across your back.
Using Natural Remedies
So what can you do if you want to get rid of spots on your back? ‘Bacne’ breakouts can be significantly reduced or even kept at bay completely by using natural remedies. So before you reach for the nearest tube of harsh ointment, it may be worth trying some of these natural alternatives to see if they can help:
Tea Tree Oil – this is an excellent natural remedy for acne that appears anywhere on the body. It is an astringent essential oil and is loaded with natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often found as an ingredient in commercial anti-acne preparations and when used topically, the oil will penetrate the surface of the skin and help to dry out acne spots quickly. It can also reduce the redness and inflammation that acne can cause.
Apple cider vinegar – this is a perennially popular natural treatment for all types of acne. The vinegar’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help to calm breakouts and reduce redness by helping to balance the pH level of the skin, helping to keep your skin baby-soft and clear from unsightly pimples.
Aloe Vera – this usually comes in the form of a gel or lotion that you can apply directly to any spotty or inflamed areas. It works by helping to kill the bacteria that cause acne, as well as reducing inflammation and promoting healing. The plant is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and for leaving skin feeling soft.
Burdock Root – this extract from the Burdock plant has been in traditional use to help calm skin conditions and clear toxins for centuries. By taking an extract of Burdock Root in a licensed traditional herbal remedy such as HRI Clear Complexion, you can benefit from its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This gentle complementary medicine also contains the natural active herbal extracts of Blue Flag to help with the symptomatic relief of spots, pimples, mild acne and eczema. You can read more about Burdock Root on our Health & Advice section here.
In addition to using natural products to help deal with your spots or skin condition, there are other practical steps that you can take to help reduce outbreaks. Here are our top tips for keeping ‘bacne’ at bay:
1. Keep your clothes and bed sheets clean
Gym clothes, work shirts, tight-fitting sweaters and even underwear soak up sweat, along with dead skin cells and the skin’s natural oils. Washing clothes, towels and bed-linen regularly in a laundry product designed for sensitive skin will ensure that the skin on your back can breathe, helping to prevent the pimples that often happen as a result of blocked pores.
2. Look after yourself properly
The winter can be particularly hard on your skin – spending time in centrally heated homes and offices and layers of warm clothing provide an ideal environment for bacteria to breed on your skin. It’s also more likely to be the time when we turn to rich comfort food, which can soon affect the condition of your skin. Even in the coldest periods, it is still important to drink plenty of water, eat a balanced and healthy diet, get enough sleep and look after yourself to keep your skin beautiful from the inside out.
3. Let the sunshine in!
Keeping wrapped up can be the worst thing for a spot-prone back. If the weather is fine, it may be worth trying to find a secluded area and whipping off your top for a few minutes so that the sun can get to your back. Do be very careful not to overdo it though, as irritated skin will burn more easily.
Breakouts on your back can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, but if you do suffer from a bout of back acne, these preventative steps and natural remedies should soon start to help.