Acne is not picky. It is happy to show its ugly head on any part of your body, such as your back, shoulders and chest. And those who suffer from frequent facial acne are particularly vulnerable to body acne. Life can be so cruel.
But the thing to remember is that, as frustrating as it is, back acne is super common. Even celebrities can experience it. In fact, Maddie Ziegler recently took to Instagram to ask for advice on the subject.” I’ve had back acne for over two years. It’s a bacterial/yeast problem. I did everything but it didn’t go away and I was very insecure about it,” she shared via Instagram Story before asking for treatment advice.
But before you can learn how to get rid of back acne, you first need to understand the difference between body acne and facial acne. Here’s what you need to know…
What causes back and shoulder acne?
“Acne on the back is caused by the same combination of factors that cause facial acne,” says Paula Begun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare.” The proliferation of a specific type of bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, a build-up of dead skin cells, debris and oil in the pores, and excess oil. Just like facial acne, hormones can also affect back acne,” explains Begoun. So essentially, the causes of back acne are the same as those that cause facial acne. In this case, you must already know how to get rid of acne, because it’s just like regular acne, right? Not really.
“Although the causes are the same, facial acne tends to be more diverse: you get a mixture of different sized pimples, pustules and papules, and in different areas of the face. In contrast, physical acne tends to involve larger, swollen, more painful spots that are more deeply rooted in the pore lining,” says Beguin. READ: The big pimple on your back really hurts!” .” Begun added: “These larger outbreaks can also occur on the face, but they tend to be the norm for acne.
Due to their large size and deep nature, Begoun notes that back acne tends to be more stubborn to treat than facial acne.” However, that doesn’t mean you need different ingredients to get your back clean. You just need a more potent formula. Note: Potent does not mean harsh. Stay away from anything too drying or harsh.
So, what is the best way to treat back acne? Add these steps to your beauty routine.
Make a clean start
Back acne removal starts in the shower.” Begoun says: “As with any type of acne, start with an over-the-counter skin care routine that includes a gentle, water-based body wash. cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($15.99 at Chemist Warehouse), AKA everyone’s favourite pharmacy cleanser, is the perfect body wash for back acne. And follow Kendall Jenner’s tip: always use body wash after washing your hair to ensure proper removal of all shampoo and conditioner residue, as it can clog pores and cause breakouts.
Using chemical exfoliants
Removing those build-ups of dead skin cells is vital to clearing clogged pores, but instead of using physical scrubs that can inflame acne, use chemical exfoliants. Left on the skin to work their magic, they work by dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds the dead skin cells together. begoun recommends using a leave-on exfoliator containing 2% salicylic acid. Give Medik8 Blemish Control Pads (Adore Beauty, $59) a go – they can be used on the face, but also on the back, décolletage, chest and upper arms.
Applying spot treatment
Just like pimples on the face, spot treatments will help heal flare-ups. begoun recommends using a topical disinfectant containing 2.5% or 5% benzoyl peroxide, such as Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Cleansing Treatment ($29 at Paula’s Choice). Not only will it be busy expelling bacteria from below and above the skin’s surface, but it will also help reduce the nasty redness that acne always brings.