How to deal with back acne

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Unveiling glowing, blemish free back skin may be a dream for some of us who are plagued with dry skin, ‘bacne’ (back acne) or blemishes when it comes to stripping off on your summer hols. Bacne can easily rear its oily head and it’s not quite so easy to reach with a dab of spot cream.

You might not see much of it, but everyone else does, so if you’re planning to reveal plenty of skin once the sun comes out to play, read on for our top tips to prepping your back so you can unveil it with confidence.

Bringing sweaty back

Hormonal triggers make bacne breakouts more frequent for women. If you’re a frequent gym-goer, it’s important to shower after any kind of exercise, as the pores on your back are larger than the ones on your face so their more easily blocked, causing spots which can be deeper and take longer to heal. Dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, Dr Murad, tells Cover Media: “Body acne tends to occur on the chest and back due to sweat that builds up between skin and your clothes which can awaken acne-causing bacteria.” Murad recommends getting out of sweaty clothes and hopping in the shower after the gym, naming it your first line of defense. Aslo look for products with ingredients such as glycolic and salicylic acids to help “gently exfoliate (and) to keep pores clean and clear from oil,” explains Murad.

Battle the ‘bacne’

Dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden, creator of all-natural skincare range Goldfaden MD, agrees, adding: “Exfoliation and cleansing is crucial. Salicyclic acid or benyl peroxide cleansers can really attack stubborn body acne as well as ward it off by removing excess oils and dirt.

“When choosing a scrub, look for one that contains exfoliation beads or crystals and enzymes such as pumpkin or papaya, as these will help disintegrate dead cells.”

Tropic Skincare’s Wild Mint and Lime and Pineapple Body Wash is an all-natural cleanser perfect for problem skin. When the skin pH level is too alkaline, bacteria is left to run wild, which can lead to break outs and blemishes. The pH balanced body washes will also help to keep breakouts at bay. Combine with a body scrub, like Tropic’s Body Smooth Refreshing Polish once or twice a week to slough away dead skin cells and any build up of impurities. Finish with a spritz of Murad Clarifying Body Spray, which uses antibacterial lemongrass oil and cooling menthol to destroy spot-causing bacteria and prevent future breakouts.

Deal with dry skin

If you’re suffering from scaly skin, a rich body butter alone won’t be enough to give you the glowing, hydrated complexion you want. First you need to remove the build-up of debris and products if skin is congested and rough. If your usual exfoliant isn’t cutting it, try an exfoliating towel like Salux Nylon Japanese Exfoliating towels. While the traditional loofahs can accumulate a lot of bacteria, these towels are made of antibacterial materials, dry quickly and are lightweight and machine washable. Then slather your body in a rich moisturiser like Kiehl’s Creme de Corps or Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre.

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