What's Causing The Back Acne?
Back acne could be caused by a variety of different reasons. Therefore, it may take some time to find the root issue that’s causing the acne. Here are a few common factors that could be contributing to the problem.
- Diet – Consuming foods that are high in ingredients like sugar, grease, dairy, or refined grains could potentially be causing acne. Consider reducing your intake on these ingredients and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
- Exercise – Exercise is great! Unfortunately, sweating from exercise can be a common trigger of acne, especially on the back. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop working out; It just means that you have to show some extra love to your skin to help prevent the acne.
- Soaps – There are some soaps out there that really don’t benefit the skin at all and could be keeping your pores clogged with debris, causing your acne. Here are 15 of the best soaps to manage acne breakouts.
- Hygiene – Dermatologists recommend that if you have an active lifestyle and sweat daily, that you should shower daily. If you don’t sweat throughout the day and your life is spent mostly at home, shower once every other day. Showering too frequently could put the glands responsible for producing body oil into overdrive, causing excess oil build-up.
- Medications – Some medications contain ingredients that have been known to trigger acne. Before stopping the use of these medications, consult your doctor. Here are a list of those medications according to WebMD.
How Do I Get Rid Of It?
Step 1 - Start Doing These Things On Your Own
- Gently cleanse your skin daily with an acne wash.
- Avoid wearing backpacks or anything that rubs against your back.
- Use oil-free skincare products.
- Stop using back brushes and loofahs. Despite popular belief, anything rough will only make the acne worse.
- Never pop or squeeze a pimple. This will only make the acne spread, and may even cause infection.
- If your shirt’s coming off, then sunscreen’s going on. The sun’s rays do not help get rid of acne, the sun will actually darken the acne, making it last longer. Protect the skin with an oil-free sunscreen.
- Change or wash your sheets and pillow cases weekly.
Step 2 - OTC Treatments (Over-The-Counter)
- Benzoyl Peroxide – This over-the-counter medication can treat acne by killing bacteria. It’s most effective when left on the skin for 2-5 minutes before rinsing off. Use a low percentage of 2-3% to start off with and increase percentage if needed. The highest percentage you can get without a prescription is 10%.
- Retinoid(adapalene 0.1% gel) – This medication helps fight acne by unclogging the pores. Dermatologists recommend applying this after a shower and before bed to yield the best results.
Step 3 - See A Dermatologist
If you don’t notice results in 6-8 weeks, then it’s time to schedule a visit with the dermatologist.