5 Tips for Back Acne

At this time of year, my clients are scheduling back facials as much as they are regular facials.  Acne on their back makes them self-conscious about wearing summer fashions.

Acne is the same whether it appears on your face or back. However, acne on your back is difficult to eliminate and prevent. 

One reason back acne is more difficult to treat and prevent than facial acne because the pores on the back are larger and become clogged more easily. Summer weather and exercise make this condition worse because as the body heats, oil production is increased, trapping dead skin cells that are generally not exfoliated as part of your grooming routine.  As a result, bacteria forms, and pimples soon follow.

Here are some simple things to do at home for your back acne.

Proper Care For Back Skin
Shower daily and right after exercise or any activity that generates perspiration.
However, don't clean your skin more than twice a day, never scrub hard, and don't use very hot water or harsh antibacterial soaps. Use warm water and a gentle body wash or cleanser that will not clog pores, preferably one with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid.  Twice per week, exfoliate gently to remove pore-clogging dead skin cells using a soft cloth and a mild scrub.  Many of my clients do well with daily, gentle brushing, but the brush much be cleaned and dried after each use.

Clean Cloths and Sheets
Always change into clean underwear and clothes before and after exercising.  Put a clean towel on exercise machines and mats at the gym.  Avoid synthetic fabrics; choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothes that allow the skin to breathe and perspiration to evaporate.  Change bed linens twice a week to keep sloughed-off skin cells and oil away from your back.

Care While In The Sun
The sun will not clear acne - it just bakes in the oil, dead skin and debris from perspiration, making it more vulnerable to pimples. 

Use a facial sunscreen on your back that is formulated to prevent clogged pores instead of a body sunscreen.  Body sunscreens are generally not formulated in that way.

Wet Hair and Hair Products
Conditioners and hairstyling products left on the hair are a frequent cause of blemishes on the back. After shampooing and conditioning in the shower, pull long hair forward and wash your back last to keep the residue of hair products off your back. Don't leave wet hair on your back after swimming, and don't use a towel that has been used on your hair on your body.

Dietary Considerations
A healthy, well-balanced diet is as good for your skin as it is for your overall well-being.  Avoid processed foods and fill your plate with all the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables available at this time of year.

If your back isn't clearing with these suggestions, visit me so I can help.  There are many professional skin treatments that, along with good personal habits, can eliminate or reduce its back acne occurrences.

In-Spa Back Treatment:  The Back Facial
Backs are hard to reach, so a back facial is a great start.  Similar to a regular facial, the skin is thoroughly cleansed, the clogs in pores are softened, removed, then sanitized to prevent the spread of bacteria, a mask and massage are employed to speed healing, and an acne inhibiting serum applied.  For those with acne scars, excessive oiliness and chronic clogging, microdermabrasion or peels are used in the back facial to fade scars, provide a deeper exfoliation to clear pores and control oil production. 

Happy Summer!
joanna tringali
Licensed Aesthetician at 
calm beauty brooklyn
332 Senator St., Brooklyn, NY  11220

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