Dealing with pimples and acne alone is like fighting a war with something you don’t know when will pop up out of the blue. Thus, it especially gets tough for the teenagers. But, the situation further worsens when the pesky acne begins to breakout on the back as well. Thus, it is also sometimes known as bacne.
Bacne is brought about by the same element that triggers facial acne. It includes overactive oil organs, abundant dead skin cells, and expansion of pimple creating organisms. The excess of oil and dead skin usually gets trapped inside the follicle or the pores causing them to block. This turns into a blackhead and then into a pimple if the bacteria invade. Thus, to help dispose of back acne, there are various powerful home solutions that can be useful. Here are a few to begin with.
Who doesn’t love oatmeal for a delicious breakfast? But, were you aware of the fact that they work as a natural cleanser for your skin? Certainly not, right? Well, these little fellas cleanse the skin pores and absorb the excess oil, which helps to treat acne. Thus, it can also be used as an exfoliator to calm the inflamed skin.
Just add a tbsp of oatmeal in a small amount of water to form a thick paste. In circular motions, massage the affected area with the paste. Allow it to sit for approximately 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Or, add a cup of oatmeal to your bathtub and soak in it for a 30 minutes daily.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Another great ingredient for back acne remedy is apple cider vinegar. It can be easily found in most of the kitchens. This one has been known to do wonders when it comes to skin problems and bacne is no exception to it. ACV, a miraculous ingredient helps to balance the pH level of the skin and thus naturally prevent breakouts.
All you need to do is blend apple cider vinegar with water in 1:2 ratio in a spray bottle. Before you go to bed spray it on your back and leave it on for 20-25 minutes before washing it off. Store the bottle with the mixture in the fridge. Alternatively, you can also apply apple cider vinegar on your back with the help of a cotton ball too. The choice is yours.
3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia, a native plant of Australia. For years it has been known for its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Therefore, today it is widely used for the treatment of skin infections in athletes. Whereas, in the case of back acne, when tea tree oil is applied onto the skin it helps to kill the bacteria that causes bacne. Moreover, at the same time, it evenly treats the breakouts.
So, mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with a cup of water and with the help of cotton ball apply the solution to the affected area. Let it dry and store the solution for further application. If possible repeat this process 1-2 times a day and also before going to bed. Be cautious of using it undiluted. It may lead to irritation, redness, blistering, itching, and over dryness.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda’s amphoteric properties makes it act as both acid and base that helps to balance the pH levels of the skin excellently. Whereas, its antiseptic as well as mild anti-inflammatory properties help to cure skin irritation and swelling due to acne. Apart from them, it acts as the perfect exfoliator to get rid of the dirt and dead skin to leave the skin smooth, clean and bright.
But, be careful of not using it for treatment more than twice a week. High concentration of alkaline presence can be too harsh for the skin. To make the scrub, mix 2tbsp of baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Gently scrub this paste onto the back and the other affected area for relief. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse using cold water.
Other notable ingredients also include aloe vera, witch hazel, lavender oil, lemon, and Epsom salt. So, from now on start looking for ingredients in your kitchen because they can considerably change the way you look at life. The above natural home remedies will help you get rid of back acne. However, if the problem still persists, do make sure to consult a doctor. Stay safe, stay healthy!