You may not know you have it, or you might be painfully and embarrassingly aware of that. But the fact is that back acne is extremely common, especially in the summer. Think about it, if you are prone to sweat then you will face this problem. Exposure to the sunlight dries out your skin, creating chocked pores. Worst of all, in the summer, you are more likely to be dehydrated. It’s basically a perfect time for breakouts. And this is the time of year when you want to show off your body not hide it under a shirt at the beach. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to prevent and treat them. So before you give up hope or consult with a dermatologist, here is your anti-bacne summer checklist:
Do your laundry more often:
Because you sweat more, you also need to clean your clothes more often. So while your sheets may not feel dirty after a week or two, trust us they are. And in the summer you are more likely sleep nude, therefore just rubbing week old sweat and dead skin back into your pores. Get it? Wash your sheets at least once a week with fragrance-free laundry detergent. Fragrance and other additives can irritate sensitive skin. If you can’t wash your gym clothes after each use, you can clean them in the shower post workout and hang them to dry. Make it your mission this summer to treat your skin to freshly laundered fabric.
Beware of too much sun:
Overexposure to the sun’s light dries you out and creates a dead skin. That dead skin clogs the pores on your back and shoulders. This causes pimples. So you should be more careful to use sunscreen and refrain from laying out in the sun too much—it also causes cancer, which you don’t want either.
Choose your grooming products wisely:
Speaking of sunscreen, if you are prone to acne you’ll want to use one that is lightweight, waterproof, and oil-free. That way your skin can breathe. While you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to switch to an oil-free body lotion.
Probably the most important thing you can do is exfoliate. Whether you use a body scrub, a loofah, or a back brush, it’s an important step in removing the dead skin and bacteria that clog your pores and creates acne. Do it once a day in the shower for a few minutes at moderate intensity—you’re not trying to remove your skin altogether.
Try a medicated body wash:
Medicated body wash with salicylic acid and antibacterial soaps can do wonders in the fight against acne. Find one that won’t suck all the moisture out of your skin.
Lastly, beauty works from the inside out:
Stress and a diet full of a garbage can take their toll on your skin. So can excess drinking. It stands to reason that you should, therefore, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, don’t eat pizza three times a day, and get moderate exercise.
So, follow these simple steps to cure your acne and as soon as you do that you are ready to wear your favorite backless dress again.