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We feel you - ‘bacne’ (that’s ‘back acne’ to you and I) is a thing of nightmares when you’re struggling with it. Come Spring time, everyone else will be removing layers one by one and basking in every sunlit corner, whilst you’ll be keeping your oversized T-shirt on to cover up your back. We don't want you hiding away. So we are going to help you get rid of back acne.
All it takes is five simples steps to get rid of bacne once and for all...
Step 1. Use a pH balancing body wash to stop skin over-producing oil
Like facial cleansers, using the right body wash in the shower is key to targeting aggressive bacne (that sweet smelling one you bought is probably playing havoc with your skin. Say no to perfume). ‘Free-froms’ are brilliant as is anything with antioxidants or plant ingredients to encourage cells turnover. Good old Sanex is perfect. And it's only £2.
2. Always shower. Always.
It’s tempting to charge out after the gym to get back in time for that new boxset. Don't. Netflix can wait. ‘The sweat that builds up between skin and gym clothes can awaken acne-causing bacteria,’ says Dr Murad, pharmacist, dermatologist and founder of eponymous clinical skincare line Murad Skincare. This can lead to a post-gym breakout rave starting on your back. Get straight in the shower to blast away sweat…
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3. …And whilst you’re in there – use a scrub.
Body scrubs tend to only make appearances for special occasions (date night, pre-holiday, before cocktails with the girls – the usual) but when you’ve got bacne it should be a daily ritual. They shimmy cells along to keep them renewing as well as scrubbing out blocked pores. Essential alert. Peter Thomas Roth's Blemish Buffing Beads can be used on your face AND body.
4. Book in for a back acne treatment, aka the bacial (yes, that’s a thing)
Works in the same way as a facial – deep cleanse, exfoliation, massage – but for your back. If you’re on a budget, just stock up on clay masks and get your friend (boyfriend if you’re past the three year mark) to slather it all over your back to suck out all the muck, then shower it off.
5. Put the fake tan down…
Drop it. It’s not your friend. The ingredients in fake tan often clog pores and make skin oiler. Step away.
Struggling with spots on your face? You might be using the wrong serum - why not let us help you find one that works?