If you’re prone to acne on your face, there’s just as much of a chance that you’ll also be prone to it elsewhere in your body, and the back is one of the most common locations for acne, after the face. Tackling back acne (or bacne, as it’s come to be known) might seem like something which is potentially tricky, but it’s actually not that much different to your face, so we’ve put together a little guide to help you:
Think About What You Wash With
There are a whole load of things designed to wash your acne-prone face, but when the acne is elsewhere, it can be trickier unless you’ve got someone willing to wash your back with Dermalogica Foaming Wash every time you shower or bathe. Choosing a decent soap-free body wash like Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash will help as soap can dry the skin, which will exacerbate acne.
Exfoliating is really important when you’ve got acen-prone skin as you need to get rid of old skin cells, excesses of sebum and other nasties which contribute towards spot formation. Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is a great all-over exfoliator which will help to slough away dead skin, leaving your back feeling refreshed and deeply clean.
Believe it or not, skin which is oily still needs to be moisturised, even if it’s producing too much sebum as this can often be caused by an underlying imbalance. The same goes for your back, but many rich body moisturisers are simply too rich for acneic skin. Decleor Moisturising Body Milk is a light velvety moisturiser to help nourish and soften the skin without layering too much oil back into the skin and making acne worse.
This one is something that a lot of people don’t think of, but it’s just as important as using the right products. When you shower and wash your hair, often residual shampoo and conditioner is left on your back. Also, if you bathe rather than shower, all of the products you use will still be on your skin unless you rinse really well before you get out, and this can all contribute to spot formation and irritation.
One of the biggest issues that bacne sufferers report is the fact that you need to be a contortionist to reach the areas you need to treat, so using a spray-on product is the perfect answer. Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist is a soothing toner that provides critical hydration while helping to relieve and defend against inflammation, whilst relieving inflammation and discomfort, helping skin recover from damage and lipid barrier breakdown.