Acne isn’t restricted to the face and can appear on any part of the body, even your back. It’s also more annoying to treat acne on the back because it provides room for bigger breakouts and is difficult to reach, thus difficult to treat.
Back acne or bacne is far more common than you think and the reason you might have them is because of the mistakes you are committing in the shower. But as they say - Prevention is better than cure. So whether you’re dealing with bacne or want to prevent the occurrence of them, you need to stop committing these shower mistakes ASAP.
- Water temperature
- Harsh shampoo or conditioner
- Skipping the shower after a workout
- Your washing order is wrong
- Over exfoliating
Extreme water temperatures are your skin’s worst enemy. Coldwater tightens the skin’s pores and interferes with the natural sebum secretion. Hot water, on the other hand, opens up these pores and leaves it prone to further irritation. Thus, using lukewarm water in the shower is the safest choice as it won’t irritate the skin or lead to bacne.
Harsh shampoo or conditioner
Some hair care products contain harsh ingredients and irritants such as sulfates, that can trigger back acne. So, what should you do? Simple… opt for a sulfate-free shampoo. Not only are these gentle, but also safe when they come in contact with your skin. So, if you have particularly sensitive skin and your bacne doesn’t seem to go away, get your hands on a sulfate-free shampoo right away.
Skipping the shower after a workout
Any type of rigorous activity, especially exercising, leads to excessive sweating. Simply wiping the sweat off with a towel or air drying afterwards isn’t enough to get rid of bacteria. Never skip taking a shower after every workout to prevent bacne.
Your washing order is wrong
Do you apply conditioner and then continue cleansing the rest of your body while the conditioner works its magic? If the answer if ‘yes’, we ask you to stop doing so ASAP. Why? When you rinse your hair, some residue from the conditioner remains on your back and causes acne. Thus, it’s necessary to wash your body after shampoo and conditioning to get rid of any residual conditioner that might have ended up on your back.
Exfoliating is an essential step in every skincare routine. However, overdoing it can have quite the opposite effect. Using an exfoliator, body brush or loofah and scrubbing too frequently can cause skin irritation that leads to breakouts. Do it once or twice a week and make sure you use a body lotion afterwards to hydrate the skin.