Pimples on your back can be quite embarrassing, not only because you want a clear and enviable skin but also because of its uninteresting appeal. Back acne is a particular kind of hell. Unlike regular acne, it’s tough to tell if you even have it, and once you glimpse signs of it in the mirror, it’s hard to treat it because it’s a total pain to reach all the way back there.
Whether it’s on your face, back, or butt, acne is always caused by the same thing. Your skin pores are like pipes that connect your oil glands to your skin: if they clog up, a pimple develops.
You’re more prone to getting zits on your chest or back because those areas have a higher concentration of hair follicles and sebaceous glands (glands that secrete an oily matter called sebum).
If you are the type that works out in tight, restrictive clothing and you don’t shower immediately afterwards, then you are setting yourself up an eruption.
Furthermore, back acne can be caused by any number of factors, from stress to your own genes. Our genes have the ability to dictate how much sebum we produce, how often our cells turnover, and how prone we are to bacterial overgrowth.
The good news however is that these pimples or zits are preventable. Keeping stress levels low, working out in loose-fitting, breathable fabrics, and showering and changing immediately after exercise can help clear things up. Here are a number of products that can also be useful.
Stubborn Acne Daily Leave On Mask
Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective treatment that is available for treating back pimples and acne. It kills acne-causing bacteria to reduce inflammation and can help open up blocked pores.
Apply it on your back before bed and rinse it off in the morning. You should however be cautious as Benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics, so make sure to wear something white and use old or white sheets.
Gel Acne Treatment
This Differin Gel treatment is available over the counter and is the first approved acne-treating retinoid (a vitamin A derivative) that can be applied daily after you shower.
It’ll treat any existing pimples, and also prevent them from forming in the first place by normalizing skin cell turnover and improving skin texture.
Dove Beauty Bar
If you are the type of person that enjoys working out or you sweat a lot, dead cells mixed with oil and dirt can build up on the skin and increase your risk of a breakout. Gently exfoliating with this bar, however, can help slough off thedead cells. This soap also exfoliates while keeping your skin hydrated and not over-drying it.
Acne Body Spray
This spray works to unclog pores and speed up the removal of dead skin cells that can slow down the removal of oil from your skin. Use it as a leave-on treatment after you have spent time at the gym.
Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Face Scrub
One of the key ingredients of this product is Salicylic acid, and it removes excess oil and dead cells from your skin’s surface. It’s effective at treating acne and can help open up blackheads and prevent blockages of your pores that would otherwise become future pimples.
Foaming Clay Cleanser
Clay works to decongest your pores and help your skin look firmer. It is also of great use if your intention is to degrease, especially when it comes to removing those pimples and zits on your back.
Medicated Gel Cleanser
This one can help you rinse away excess oil and other pore cloggers, since it comes with a soft-on-skin cleanser. Like your face, the pores on your back are easily clogged with sweat, grime, and dead cells. A cleanser will help remove it all and allow you to exfoliate and hydrate accordingly.