Acne can leave your face and body covered with bumps. It can occur on the face, chest, shoulders, and back.
Are you one of those suffering and struggling with a crop of pimples, painful cysts, and lumps, or blackheads on your back? Here’s how to get rid of these using natural remedies.
Start With Gentle Cleansing
If you already have back acne, be careful about how you clean it. Avoid scrubbing away at the pimples because these could leave you with scars. Use only lukewarm water as anything too cold or hot is not good for the skin.
Don’t Wash Your Back Too Much
Washing your back always will not fix your back acne. Constant scrubbing and washing can irritate and dry your skin and will only worsen the problem. It is recommended to wash it only twice a day.
Always keep your hair clean and grease-free by regularly using a gentle cleanser to wash it off. It will help lessen your back acne. If you actually have oily skin, the greasiness can easily spread from your hair and shoulders to the upper back.
Don’t Pop Pimples
Prevent further scarring by letting your pimple pop and subside on its own. Squeezing or picking at it may end up scarring your back permanently.
Cut Off Greasy Cosmetics
Avoid those greasy cosmetics as they can cause follicle cells to stick together, thus leading to closed pores and worsening acne. Instead, opt for some oil-free or water-based cosmetics. Choose those labeled “noncomedogenic’’ as they are designed for acne-prone skin as well as do not contain ingredients that may clog the pores. Also, use a mild, unscented shower gel or soap followed with a fragrance-free, water-based moisturizer.
Increase Your Zinc Intake
Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pustules and have a positive effect on acne. Boost your zinc intake by eating oysters, poultry products, beef, lamb, legumes like lima beans or black-eyed peas, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Avoid The Sun
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight if you have acne that is being treated. You are susceptible to sunburn if you are under acne treatment medication.
Use Herbal Treatments
Minimize scarring and prevent further breakouts with the use of these herbal treatments:
This soothing plant has antibacterial properties and can help ease inflammation caused by acne. When used for back acne, it can reduce swelling and redness of the acne.
Turmeric has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties which is beneficial to someone with acne. Make a paste by mixing it with honey or water. Apply it on the back and wash off once dry.
Lavender Essential Oil
This oil reduces inflammations, speeds-up skin cell healing, and help prevent scarring. It can be added to a base carrier oil, like grapeseed oil, in order to be used as a topical treatment for acne.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can help those with mild or moderate acne. Simply apply this to the affected area on your back.
Guggul is a popular Ayurvedic remedy. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is beneficial for those with oily skin as it can lessen the body’s secretion of oily sebum. Aside from this, guggul can also help block the bacterial metabolism of the triglycerides in the body that could play a role in the appearance of acne.
Green Tea Extract
The antimicrobial and antioxidant content of green tea helps in combating acne. You can brew a cup of green tea and let it cool. Use it to wash your back.