Many individuals suffer from mild to severe cases of body acne (also called as ‘back acne’ or ‘bacne’). The condition is characterized by the formation of acne pustules on different areas of the body, especially the back. And even though body acne is caused by conditions that also cause facial acne, it tends to be more aggressive owing to the sweat glands present in the body.
In certain cases, an existing allergy to certain types of detergents, soaps, makeup products or even cloth materials can cause body acne.
4 Effective Treatments for Body Acne
Body acne is relatively harder to treat than facial acne owing to the fact that the condition leads to the development of hard cysts, nodules and lesions on the body. These can cause significant scarring. And in certain cases, the breakouts can become inflamed and cause immense pain and discomfort. Given below are some standard remedies for body acne. While mild cases of body acne can be treated using these methods, severe cases need to be handled by a dermatologist.
Body Washes that Contain Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide
Over the counter body washes that contain these ingredients can be used to treat mild body acne breakouts. Make sure that the products that you choose do not contain other ingredients that can aggravate the condition instead of reducing it. Use the body wash every day and make sure that you don’t scrub too hard as this would damage the skin and worsen the condition. It would take some time (maybe a few weeks) for you to see positive results with body washes.
Regular Exfoliation with Mild Scrubs
Body acne can cause unpleasant looking scars that can become permanent with time. Each breakout leaves plenty of dead skin cells on the body’s surface in its wake. These dead skin cells can clog up pores and cause more breakouts. The best way to prevent this is to exfoliate the dead skin cells from the body on a regular basis. Use a scrub to gently exfoliate the skin on your body when you shower. Use mild scrubs (like sugar scrubs) that do not damage the skin in the process. And make it a point to exfoliate at least once a week for desirable results.
Lotions and Body Cleansers/Gels
Certain OTC lotions and body cleansers can be used to treat body acne. Doctors would usually prescribe higher concentrations of the same products if you fail to notice desirable results with the OTC products. Make sure to apply these lotions or gels to the affected areas at least twice a day. Wait for the cream to dry completely before getting dressed. Cleansers do not cause staining though.
In certain cases, a dermatologist may prescribe topical antibiotics to be applied over the affected areas. These antibiotics need to be applied at least twice a day and treat body acne by getting rid of the bacteria causing the breakout. Common antibiotics that are usually prescribed for body acne include Differin and Benzoyl Peroxide. In certain cases, oral antibiotics like tetracycline, minocycline, erythromycin and doxycycline etc. are also prescribed as treatments for body acne.
4 Natural Remedies for Body Acne
Natural oils like tea tree oil and jojoba oil are non comedogenic products and help to treat body acne by clearing the blocked pores that usually cause breakouts. These oils also help fight off the bacteria causing the breakouts.
Aloe Vera Gel/Juice
Aloe Vera is a wonderful natural remedy for a number of skin related problems, including body acne. Applying aloe vera juice over the affected area can help reduce inflammation and get rid of the infection causing the breakouts. Aloe vera gel can also be used to treat body acne and does not irritate the skin like other products used for the same.
Bentonite Clay Masks
Mix two tablespoons of clay powder with two tablespoons of water. Form a nice paste and apply it over the affected areas. Allow the paste to dry completely before rinsing it off with cold water. The impurities present in the skin would stick to the clay and be washed out with it, making your skin clean and free of excess sebum.
Preventive Measures for Body Acne
Body acne can also be treated by taking effective preventive measures. Body sweat can trigger acne breakouts. So make sure you keep your body sweat free. Don’t wear clothes that cause friction or trap heat against the skin. Never attempt to remove acne by popping or squeezing out the pimples. Follow a regular skincare routine to make sure the problem does not recur. And get timely help from a dermatologist by opting for regular checkups. With time and dedicated care, you can control the breakouts and stop them from recurring.