Back acne or bacne prevents you from wearing backless or low backed dresses, halter tops etc. Not only do they look unsightly; they can even take a toll on your confidence and self esteem. Back acne is the toughest to get rid of because it is in a hard to reach area.
Let us discuss some proven easy ways to get rid of bacne quickly:
1. Take apple cider vinegar
Drinking organic apple cider vinegar is the easiest way to get rid of all kinds of acne and chest and back acne are no different. Take it internally and also add it to your bath water. You can also dab the pustules with apple cider vinegar and let it air dry. Repeat application every day to see results.
2. Rub some Aloe Vera gel
This is another natural remedy for bacne that works fast. Again, you can use Aloe juice internally and also apply its gel topically to get rid of bacne overnight.
3. Use lemon or lime juice
Rub some lemon or lime juice on the chest and back acne. Leave it on for a few hours before washing off. This remedy can also eliminate back acne scars. Avoid going outside in the sun when using this remedy as the vitamin C in the lime/lemon juice makes the skin susceptible to sun’s rays.
4. Apply turmeric and mint pack
Make a paste of organic turmeric powder and some crushed mint leaves or mint juice. Apply the paste to the back and chest acne and leave it on for a few hours before washing it off. Both turmeric and mint are anti-inflammatory and can eliminate inflammation that causes acne.
5. Soak in Epsom salt baths
Soak in a bath tub filled with water to which you have added a cupful of Epsom salts. This is the easiest remedy to get rid of bacne fast. You can also use Dead Sea salt mask on thebacne or add Dead Sea salts to bath water.
6. Avoid harsh cosmetics and bath products
Avoid using harsh soaps, hair products and body lotions as well as soaps made with animal fats. Choose vegetable oil based soaps or none at all. Castile soaps are also a gentler option.
7. Use essential oils
Essential oils like Lavender, Tea tree, Chamomile, Rosemary, Oregano, Cedarwood, Cypress, Thyme, Sage and Sandalwood are great for curing back and chest acne quickly. Mix them up with some coconut or olive oil and use the mixture for a body massage. Wash off after half an hour. Repeat application twice a week to get rid of bacne within a week. Jojoba oil is also very good for the skin as its composition is very similar to that of human sebum. Use it daily for massaging on the back and chest.
8. Moisturize after bathing
Bacne is an indication that your skin is dry and your sebaceous glands are overactive. Moisturizing the skin after bathing, especially with a non-comedogenic moisturizer can protect and heal the dry skin to prevent future breakouts.
9. Use anti-acnegenic body wash
Many body-washes and shower gels are made for fighting acne, blemishes and back acne scars. Use them daily for bathing to see results.
10. Exfoliate once a week
Make a homemade exfoliate by mixing together olive oil and salt or brown sugar. Rub this gently on the back and chest, massaging in circular motions. Wash off after half an hour using warm water and a mild soap. Repeat weekly to prevent bacne. A paste of baking soda and water can also be used for exfoliating the back.
11. Eliminate stress
Stress leads to inflammation in the body which causes breakouts. Avoid late nights and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Use stress control techniques like exercise, deep breathing etc.
12. Make dietary changes
People who have bacne usually eat inflammatory foods which make the body’s ph acidic. Try to eat more alkaline foods to keep the body’s ph at 7.4. Alkaline foods are cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, watercress, cucumber, lemons etc. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean meats are good choices. Eliminate refined flour, sugar and dairy from the diet. These changes may take some time but are the easiest way to get rid of bacne fast.
Here are some more easy ways to alkalize your body.
13. Sleep on your side
Sleeping on the side can prevent sweat from accumulating on the back and reduce breakouts. Likewise, during the day, avoid leaning against the back of a chair for prolonged periods.
14. Change your bed-sheets regularly
Bacteria can harbor in pillows and sheets. So make sure you wash your night clothes and change pillow cases and bed covers from time to time.
15. Step out of your sweaty clothes
If you exercise, make sure you immediately step out of your sweaty clothes. Take a bath right after working out to minimize the growth of acne causing microbes.
If these 15 easy ways to get rid of bacne do not show results, consider taking antibiotics. They are especially recommended for very severe cases of back and chest acne.