Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Back and Shoulder Acne

  • Shower after sweating and/or exercise.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes to air out your skin and so they don't rub against your back.
  • Don't wear clothes that are too tight. Clothes should be breathable (cotton fabric is the best).
  • Wash clothes and athletic gear regularly.
  • Wash and change bed sheets regularly.
  • Keep backpack straps loose so the straps don't dig into your skin and aggravate any back acne.
  • Use non-comedogenic body lotions with minimal ingredients. Avoid fragrance, perfumes, and dyes. You can actually use face or baby lotion on your back since facial and baby products are usually formulated for more delicate skin.
  • Don't over scrub your skin or shower with water that is too hot.
  • Don't pick at any pimples on your back.
  • Switch body wash or soap. Use ones with fewer fragrances and dyes. Try either dandruff shampoo as a back wash or use a body wash with salicylic acid or AHAs in it.
  • Switch shampoos, conditioners, and/or hair products. These can migrate down your back in the shower or when you sweat, causing your back to break out.
  • Use laundry detergent, fabric softener, or dryer sheets for sensitive skin, with minimal fragrance and dyes.
  • Use an acne treatment product on your back such as salicylic acid (BHA), AHAs, or benzoyl peroxide. Back acne treatments are often available as sprays so you can apply them on hard to reach places. You can also spray or wipe on a homemade apple cider vinegar toner after showering. Alternatively, use alcohol-free witch hazel or tea tree oil. Keep in mind that some treatments will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • Take a bath with sea salt once a week.
  • Eat less fried foods and high-calorie foods.
  • Get enough sleep .
  • Back acne can also be mistaken for allergies (ex. dust mites), dermatitis, or folliculitis.