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Back Acne? Tell Them to Back-off With These 3 Home Remedies

Here are a few home remedies for back or body Acne. Do not forget to take these Precautions


Highlights

  • Causes of body acne
  • Myths
  • Precautions
  • Remedies  

Acne or pimples is one of the most psychologically distressing common problems all of us have faced at some point in time.

Thankfully, it is restricted to the face in most people, but in some, we do get it on the back, chest, shoulders, buttocks, and thigh. They have a large surface area to spread except for palm and soles, which do not have any oil glands.

For instance, your back is just like your face. It secretes an oily substance called sebum that triggers Back Acne, along with a poor diet, medication, hormones, sweat, and stress.

Body acne is seen more commonly in males. Still, it is also seen in females who have associated hormonal problems, especially PCOS.

Causes of body acne

PCOS: The increased levels of male hormone testosterone are seen even in females, especially if they have PCOS. This results in increased sensitivity or overactivity of the oil gland, which produces a lot of oil and tends to get blocked.

Post waxing acne: A lot of people get body acne when they wax their bodies. These angry, red zits pop out 5-7 days after the waxing.

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Frictional acne:

This is seen primarily on your shoulders when you carry heavy school bags and backpacks. At the sides of friction, you will get frictional acne.

When you wear tight-fitted clothes, especially tight-fitted jeans, you will see acne on the buttocks or thigh area.

Myths:

Many youngsters are told by their elders not to treat it as if it will go by itself. However, Dr. Bindu Sthalekar says that only a few miles of acne can go away by themselves. While others require treatment.

Untreated acne leaves you with post-inflammatory hyperpigmented spots, residual acne scarring, or desi language khaddas.

This can be very debilitating.

Precautions: Treatment of acne depends on the cause.

  • If it is because of friction, stop wearing tight-fitted clothes. Avoid carrying heavy backpacks.
  • If the cause is waxing, try alternatives, say laser hair removal.
  • If it is because of a hormonal problem, it would need long-term treatment.
  • Acne and pimples do get worse with stress. So, learn to relax. Exercise and yoga can help you through.
  • Avoid anything that comes in a packet.
  • Go back to your mother’s recipes.
  • Do not sit in wet clothes or in sweaty clothes. Head to the shower and change into cotton, breathable garments.

Remedies

Bacne (body acne) can be treated with a mix of simple ingredients readily available on the market.

So, here is an easy fix for all you ladies out there.

1. Apple cider vinegar & Tea tree oil

back acne
back acne

Apple cider vinegar tightens up pores, reduces redness and kills bacteria. Tea tree oil is a natural ingredient that helps dry out acne. Adding water is a must because it is literally a cure for everything.

Dip a napkin in warm water to clean your back. Mix apple cider vinegar and warm water in a cup. Adding 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to a cotton pad or spray bottle will prevent skin irritation.

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Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and make sure the solution is dried up before cleaning.

Repeat this twice or thrice a day to help kill the infection and reduce back acne over time.

2. Aloe Vera

back acne
back acne

Extract fresh aloe vera gel from the leaves and crush it. Store it in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Apply it gently to the acne area and leave it for 20 minutes.

Rinse it off.

3. Baking soda

Mix one part of baking soda with two parts of water at room temperature.

Mix it well till it forms a paste.

Apply on the body acne and let it be for 10 minutes.

Rinse it off and gently moisturize it.

If these ziddi zits still sit on your body then do not hesitate to visit your dermatologist. If you know any more home remedies let us know too.

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