Back acne, often called bacne, is among the most troublesome medical conditions that one can experience. Moreover, if you have facial acne, you are more vulnerable to having back acne. When sebum or dead skin cells blocks your overactive oil glands (sebaceous glands), they generate bacteria that triggers back acne. There is also a high likelihood of back acne if your back skin is thick and produces more sebum.
Back acne not only makes it difficult for you to put on clothes and carry backpacks, but it leaves ugly scars on your back. For the same reason, it’s much better to treat them as quickly as possible so that they do not get sufficient time to sit deeply into your skin and cause scarring on your back. While you can do away with back acne with the help of home treatments, an intelligent move would be to check their expansion before its late so that there is less discomfort involved.
What Causes Back Acne?
Environmental and situational factors might set off a medical condition known as acne mechanica, where acne appears on parts of the body where the skin is more vulnerable to aggravation caused due to friction, heat or pressure.
You can get acne mechanica along your hairline due to the use of helmet or if you take part in sports. Tight uniforms that put pressure on the skin can likewise be a reason for acne mechanica. Athletes aren’t the only ones susceptible to this condition. Artists who play string instruments can establish acne around the chin because they need to hold their instruments below their chins.
Students lugging around heavy knapsacks can establish acne on their backs due to the pressure of the straps. Individuals that work outside in heat can establish acne due to wearing clothes that are too tight. Individuals who drive a lot can be susceptible to back acne due to the pressure of the seat on their backs.
Since pollution and high humidity facilitate the clogging of skin pores, they can likewise be one of the major factors behind the appearance of back acne.
Now, that we understand how acne mechanica can manifest itself on an individual’s back, let’s have a look at home remedies that can help you manage it.
My Top 4 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Acne Present On The Back
1. Use Sea Salt To Treat Back Acne
While diet high in salt might worsen your acne, sea salt can in fact help you eliminate them. Sea salt is so reliable in getting rid of back acne due to its ability to contain the bacterial accumulation. In addition, salt dries your skin, eliminating all the oil that triggers back acne. Here is an easy to follow recipe focusing on the use of sea salt for eliminating back acne:
- Bathtub filled of warm water
- Sea salt- 3-4 cups
Add the sea salt to the warm bath water and soak yourself in this water for 30-40 minutes. Do not apply anything else after getting out of the bathtub if your skin is oily. Just pat dry. If, however, you skin has the tendency to get drier, use a light moisturizer in small amounts. Repeat this procedure two times a day if your acne has already got bad and there are frequent breakouts. You might expect to see your acne cysts going away in a week or so if your body reacts positively to this remedy.
Alternatively, I often use a mix of sea salt and water filled in a spray bottle. Two to three times in a day, I will just spray this water on my back acne. However, if your acne has already worsened, a full body soak will be required for quick and significant relief.
2. Epsom Salt Treats Back Acne
You can also try using Epsom salt, which is relatively cheaper than other forms of treatment, if you find sea salt not efficient or too costly for your back acne. Epsom salt is the name given to the natural substance called magnesium sulfate. This anti-inflammatory magnesium can easily be absorbed by the skin and offers relief from inflammation, irritation and scratchy skin. Here is how I use Epsom salt for best possible relief in back acne:
- Epsom salt- 2-3 cups
- Warm bath water to soak
Add Epsom salt to the bathtub as the water fills it. Soak yourself in this water for at least 20-30 minutes. Make sure that there are no chemicals added to this water. After this Epsom salt bath, I would generally consume a lot of water. In addition, I often use loofah carefully for better blood circulation and absorption.
3. Oat Meal Bath For Back Acne
My experience with oatmeal is that it can be useful for nearly all kinds of skin, oily or dry as well as aging skin. It works for acne vulnerable skin as it soaks all the excessive sebum present on the skin. It likewise exfoliates your skin to wipe the dirt present over open the skin pores. When excess oil and dead skin cells are removed, your skin gets revitalized and moisturized as a result. Oatmeal bath will not just remove back acne but it will help you to eliminate the scars too! Here is how to get a relaxing oatmeal bath for acne on your back:
- A sock or muslin cloth
- Oat meal- 3 tablespoon
Finely grind the oatmeal and keep it in a sock or muslin cloth. Tie it well. If you have tied the oatmeal well, just put it into the tub and immerse in the water. While soaking, continue pressing the cloth to let the juice of oatmeal blend with the water. Make sure that the oatmeal is finely grinded otherwise; there will be less juice released. Soak in this water for 20-30 minutes and repeat the process daily for a well hydrated and acne free body.
4. Honey-Oatmeal Mask For Acne On Your Back
There is another method of using oatmeal for your back acne, if you do not enjoy having oatmeal bath. Mixing honey with the oatmeal, prepare a mask. While honey, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties heals back acne, oatmeal wipes all the dirt and oil present on the skin. Its anti-bacterial properties combat the bacteria that triggers acne and the anti-inflammatory properties help you get rid of inflammation and swelling.
How to prepare oatmeal-honey mask for Back acne
- Plain oat meal: 4 tablespoon
- Water: enough for cooking the oatmeal
- Honey: 3-4 tablespoon
Add honey to the oatmeal cooked in water. Allow it to cool. Upon cooling, the mix might get a little dry. If this is the case, add some additional honey into the mix. Apply this mask to your back acne and leave for at least 30 minutes. Thereafter, wash it off with lukewarm water.
While these are all reliable home solutions for back acne, a few of them may not meet your expectations fully. Our bodies are different and they take things differently. Often, it’s my gut feeling that tells me what will work for me and what will not. However, be prepared to experiment with them to find the one that is best for your body and helps you get rid of those unsightly marks on your back!