Whether you're breaking out on your face or body, zits are some of the most annoying skin issues to deal with. To the rescue, eight products that will banish bacne — and any other pesky body acne — once and for all.
OK, But What Causes Bacne?
"If you're prone to breakouts on your face, you're equally prone to getting blemishes on your back," explains Dr. Dendy Engelman, a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC. Clogged pores on your back can also be a result of your hair products sliding down your neck, plugging up your pores along the way, or from not immediately showering after the gym or not wiping your back with a cleansing wipe post sweat sesh.
The good news? "Bacne can be treated with the same products and ingredients that you use for your face," Dr. Engelman adds.
Here, exactly how to blast bacne...
Use an Acne-Fighting System
Peter Thomas Roth 3 Step Acne System, www.peterthomasroth.com
Keep your back skin clear by treating it the same way you would your face: by using an acne-fighting system.
First, use a salicylic-based wash to kill any bacteria that cause pimples. Then, treat it with an alpha and beta hydroxyl acid-containing gel that helps slough away pore-clogging dead skin cells. If you need to spot treat during the month, this kit contains a treatment you can use just on your trouble areas. And if you're more of an acne-sticker kind of girl, this kit contains those too.
Lastly, use glycolic acid pads daily; the "Max Complexion Correction Pads" in this kit contains 4 percent of the ingredient to deeply and chemically exfoliate dead skin cells, and help stimulate cellular turnover.
Suds Up With a Pore-Clearing Soap
Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, www.carrefouruae.com
To keep your pores from getting clogged, use a bar (or liquid) soap with tiny exfoliants in them to help break down any dirt, oil, sweat, or bacteria. A charcoal bar, like this one, helps to dissolve any gunk that might be plugging a pore, causing a blemish to brew.
Try a Gentle Cleanser if You Have Sensitive Skin
Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap, www.mariobadescu.com
If you prefer a body wash and your skin can't handle acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, reach for a cleanser packed with fresh fruit extracts to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This one contains papaya and grapefruit extracts to help break down dead skin cells for clearer skin, and oat protein to soothe any sensitive or irritated areas.
Wash You Back After You Use Shampoo and Conditioner
PCA Skin BPO 5% Cleanser, www.pcaskin.com
Whether you realise it or not, the products you put in your hair could be causing back breakouts. How? The ingredients they contain are designed to cling to your hair, so they may stick to your skin too, eventually plugging up your pores.
So to help keep bacne at bay, wash your hair first, and then wash your body in the shower using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser, like this one, to promote clearer skin.
It's also a good idea to get dressed, or put a towel over your back, before applying your hair products to prevent future breakouts.
Swipe Right (and Left) to Keep Bacne at Bay
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Night Cleansing Pads, www.neutrogena.com
It might also be helpful to use a gentle, oil-free wipe to clear away bacteria before you workout. Then, after you hit the gym hard, use a medicated wipe with salicylic acid to keep the amount of dirt, oil, and bacteria from brewing a blemish before you shower.
Spray It Away
Murad Acne Clarifying Body Spray, www.murad.co.uk
Obviously, the major problem with bacne is that it's hard to reach. The answer: a formula you can spritz on. Thanks to the easy access of this mist (which contains retinol and salicylic acid), you can spray it on from any direction. Use this one in place of a medicated wipe (if you prefer) after you work out.
Talk to Your Derm About Stronger Formulas
Differin Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment, www.differin.com
If your bacne isn't going away after trying the previous treatments, ask your dermatologist about a heavier-hitting solution, like Differin Gel. "It contains a powerful retinoid to clear acne and prevent future ones as well as to prevent acne scarring," Dr. Engelman adds.
H/T Cosmo US