Almost everyone knows that familiar, loathsome feeling of looking in the mirror one morning and finding a giant pimple on your face. But what if you awoke to find blemishes covering your chest, back and arms? Actually, body acne is more common than you may think — it’s just seldom talked about. But even if you don’t want to talk about it, if you have body acne, you probably want to know how to get rid of it.
Back acne generally occurs during puberty and go away when the person reaches their mid-twenties. Sometimes it is developed when people wear tight clothing in hot weather or dirt and excessive sweating.
Body acne is similar to facial acne in both its symptoms and its treatments, and people who have facial acne are more likely to develop body acne. Acne forms when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oil. Therefore, it makes sense that acne can form wherever there are sebaceous glands — the glands responsible for the production of sebum, or oil — and hair follicles. Body acne is most commonly found on the back, chest, and neck, but blemishes can appear anywhere except the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Body acne can be more challenging to control than facial acne — the skin on your body is thicker and has larger pores than facial skin, making it easier for pores to become clogged. Plus, these areas are often clothed, which means your skin has constant contact with the oil it produces.
You obviously can’t stop your skin from secreting oil and clogging your pores, but you can help prevent body acne by cleansing your skin properly. Read on to learn more.
Home Remedies to Treat and Control Back Acne
Stress, Diet and Body Acne
If you’ve had acne, you’ve probably heard that you can cut down on your breakouts by controlling two simple things in your life — your diet and your stress level. This isn’t always the case, though. So far, scientists haven’t proved that food causes acne. While some people believe their acne is aggravated by specific foods — such as chocolate, peanuts and fatty foods — there’s no scientific evidence that supports this. If you suspect that a certain food is making your acne worse, you can avoid that food. But, in general, even the greasiest pizza won’t cause body acne, and you don’t need to rework your diet to clear up your skin.
That being said, it’s always a good idea to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Not only is a balanced diet important to an overall healthier self, but it’s also good for the health of your skin. Eat foods that are high in antioxidants, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains — antioxidants help combat free radicals, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles.
As with food, the advice to reduce stress to clear up acne may not have a big impact. Normal, everyday stress doesn’t cause acne; however, chronic stress can make it worse. In fact, stress is one of the chief contributors to adult acne.
Stress can worsen acne because it affects your body’s hormone production. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands produce more cortisol, and this change in hormone levels causes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This excess sebum in your skin makes it easier for your pores to become clogged. In addition to affecting your hormone production, stress also affects the immune system. Stress can decrease the healing capacity of your immune system by up to 40 percent, making it more difficult for your body to heal existing blemishes.
Although you can’t live a completely stress-free life, there are ways you can reduce your stress levels. Daily exercise and a good night’s sleep are two effective ways to reduce stress — and maybe even reduce the likelihood of developing body acne. But no matter how well you manage stress, it may not be enough to prevent or cure body acne. Read on to learn how Other Home remedies can treat body acne.
Regular shower is necessary
You know, sweating makes our body wet. Extra sweating creates bacne mixing with micro bacteria in our body. So, it’s necessary to regular bath to protect bacteria and bacne.
Start your bacne treatment with an effective salt bath. First, take warm water in a bowl and add 3 pinches of salt. Combine the solution and apply it over your bacne surface. Let the areas to dry allowing 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, if you notice acnes are dried then take a shower with mild soap. Daily salt bath removes bacne effectively.
Use Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera can be used both externally and internally to heal many skin and health ailments. While its consumption accelerates the metabolism and supports your digestive system, its external use shows good antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects. Applying aloe vera gel provides great relief from swelling and redness caused by back acne, and helps to regenerate the skin to clear acne scars. Before you go for a shower, apply some fresh aloe vera gel on the affected areas, leave it for some time and wipe with cotton dipped in normal water.
Lavender Oil Bath
Lavender oil bath for back acne benefits in more than one way. As it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to cure the back acne and normalize the skin, besides it relieves stress and calm the mind. Add seven drops of lavender oil to warm bath water and soak for twenty minutes. Try this home remedy once or twice a week to get rid of back acne and improve your skin.
Very commonly used home remedy of back acne includes using orange peel blended with water. Apply a paste of orange peel blended with three tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of grounded cinnamon. Alternatively take orange peel powder and add some water to make it a paste. Apply this paste on the back and wash it off after fifteen minutes.
Lemon juice is one of the most powerful natural treatments for facial acne as well as back acne. It contains citric acid that is a powerful astringent which helps to remove dead skin, promote skin elasticity, and encourage new skin cell growth. To treat back acne, wash your back with a mild cleanser or warm water and gently pat it dry. Take some lemon juice in a bowl and dab on the back acne with a cotton ball. Wait until the lemon juice dry up, before you wear clothing. You can wash it off with warm after few hours. Using this remedy regularly for one or two weeks will help dry out acne and prevent its recurrence.
Tomato has vitamin C and A which help in reducing the irritation on skin and reduce pores. In order to treat back acne, take some fresh tomato pulp and apply it on the affected skin and leave it for 15 minutes.
Baking soda helps to neutralize the pH levels and balance skin’s pH balance. It is a natural exfoliant and helps with unclogging the skin pores and expels dead skin cells. To use it for back acne, dilute with water by mixing 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water, and gently massage on the back. Then rinse it off with warm water and mild soap. Trying this treatment for 2 to 3 times a week keeps the skin pores free of clogging, and prevent back acne.
Sulfur containing compounds present in garlic cloves have many dermal protective properties. Apply a paste of fresh garlic on the back affected with acne and leave it for 5 minutes before your wash it off with cold water. The garlic paste peels the upper layers of the skin and so excess sebum gets removed. Regular application of garlic paste on back acne will yield good results. However garlic may leave unwanted smell.
When applied on the skin, oatmeal soak up excess oil and sebum and clear out dirt from the skin pores. This helps to treat acne and rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin. Cook one cup of oatmeal and mix together with water. After it has cooled down mix a tablespoon of honey and apply on acne affected areas. Wait for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water. Try this remedy for few weeks.
Menthol in mint leaves helps to reduce inflammation and irritation. Blend few mint leaves and apply on back and acne affected area. Lay down for 20 minutes until it dries completely. Then, rinse it off with cold water.
Sleep to the side
You have to sleep to your side so that there is no pressure on the back. Ensure the bed and blankets are neat and clean.
Increase Water Intake
Water flushes out toxins and impurities from the body. Consume at least 2 litres of water every day. As a first thing in the morning, have a glass of water with a teaspoon of honey and juice of half a lemon.
If you follow any of the above home remedies regularly, it can help you to reduce back acne and clear up your skin. Do not forget to eat a healthy diet, full with fruits and vegetables. Also get plenty of rest. With some good skin care habits as suggested above and using natural ingredients, you can balance your skin’s oil production and minimize the back acne as well as facial acne.