Bacne - why and what to do?!

November 09, 2017

Bacne - why and what to do?!

We recently ran a Tuesday transformation post all about back acne. It was showing all the in-house treatment we can do to reduce that unwanted back acne. It is much more common than we would initially think especially in the summer months so why not understand a bit more about it, what we can do to prevent and reduce it.

Time and time again I say in my posts that skin is skin - there is no shame in where you need treatment - if it is skin we are in! So backs are no different. It is a vast amount of skin with constant rubbing from clothing and sweat so why wouldn't we end up with the odd bit of clogged pores or a spot here and there. The keys is to learn the root of the issues and also how to prevent it becoming a problem. 

Back acne is caused by excess sebum, typically bought on by overactive hormones or sweat. If you're not one for looking at your back in the mirror, you might not know you have it, but if you do, it can make you feel a bit bleh.

It's no secret that unhealthy insides will show on the outside and it's no different when it comes to managing bacne. Foods high on the glycemic index (GI) can trigger your skin to become inflamed. GI is a scale that determines how quickly blood sugar levels rise after you eat particular foods and when your GI spikes it can lead to increased outbreak. High GI foods include potatoes, white bread and white rice. Making smarter decisions with foods can really help, so opt for low GI products such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains and fruit. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water – but that goes without saying, right? And lastly, don't be afraid to keep a food diary so you can work out which foods trigger flare-ups in your skin.

being stressed about your bacne will most likely only make it worse. Suppliments such as magnesium, vitamin B5, and the amino acid L-theanine, can help combat stress as can getting a proper night's sleep.

Choose your body lotion wisely. Choose skincare products that are formulated in such a way that they are not likely to cause pore blockages and breakouts.

Exfoliating doesn't tend to clog pores so it can help to reduce bacne by reducing the amount of sebum on the skin. But, although tempting, don't over-do it. You can't scrub away spots, and if you're too abrasive you might inflame the skin more. Also make sure to select an unperfumed product so there's as little irritation to the skin as possible.

Get a bacial - a back facial. If back acne is the bane of your life, getting a professional treatment (and a relaxing one at that) could be just the kick start you need to really soothe your skin.

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