When anyone talks about back acne treatment they may also be referring to the treatment of acne appearing on the chest, upper arms and buttocks.
Most people think of acne as occurring on the face, however many people also get outbreaks on the back and other areas of the body.
The treatment of back acne is often referred to in many books and online resources as being somehow different to facial acne and it is important to keep in mind that this separation is for the purposes of marketing and nothing else.
The truth is there is no difference to the treatment of back acne than any other kind appearing anywhere else on the body. The only difference is the location of the outbreak.
The reason the face, back, upper arms and sometimes buttocks are areas prone to outbreaks is the high concentration of sweat glands in those places.
There are simply more sweat glands per square inch in those areas than on any other parts of the body. It is as simple as that.
The sebum produced in the sweat glands blocks the pores, inflammation and infection sets in and you have acne… or body acne.
At the end of this page I have provided a number tips you can use to assist in prevention and healing but it is very important to understand that these are not really treatments in themselves.
In fact you can search all over the place and find these tips everywhere. The problem is they are presented as treatments or acne cures… and it is simply not true.
At best they could be described as relief routines or care tips but they are not back acne treatments if you consider that a treatment would completely stop the condition from occurring in the first place.
I strongly believe that to describe something as a “treatment” it should in some way be addressing the CAUSE of the problem and not the symptoms of that problem.
Any back acne treatment program should be exactly the same as any ordinary treatment program because they are one and the same thing… just in different locations.
It is important to understand at the CAUSE level why the acne appears in the first place. The answer to this problem will be the answer to your problem.
So let’s first clear up some basic information.
- Your acne is YOURS, it is unique to you. Blindly applying all sorts of “one size fits all” solutions that others have used will rarely solve the problem.
- Any treatment program that claims to be effective by addressing the condition itself at the skin level can only ever reduce the discomfort. It can never eliminate the cause because the cause is not the skin.
Now we come to the fun part and the real reason why successful treatment can be so difficult.
We all know that acne is basically the sweat glands over producing sebum, that results in pores getting blocked, then we move to infection and then we have acne right?
The question is why do those glands do that? What is the root cause of that cycle beginning?
There are three possible sources of outbreaks and they are:
First let’s eliminate teenagers and pregnant women. These are clearly hormonal because of the changes the body is going through and to some degree you may need to just “ride it out” using the tips below. Acne during menopause falls into this category as do episodes that only appear during certain times of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
All other cases will fall under a wide range of combinations of the hormone/stress/diet combination.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
- Poor diet leading to a hormonal imbalance leading to blocked, infected pores leading to an outbreak.
- An existing hormonal imbalance leading to poor digestion leading to vitamin deficiencies leading to acne.
- Stress leading to hormone imbalances leading to blocked, infected pores leading to an outbreak.
- Specific food intolerances or the inability to correctly digest and assimilate certain food leading either directly to hormonal imbalance or to vitamin deficiencies ending in acne.
And on and on it goes!
The best back acne treatment program must take into consideration not only all those factors but the relationship that exists between those factors and how they affect YOU!
Here are some general tips to get rid of back acne once it has occurred.
- Use only soaps, washes or shower gels that have been approved by dermatologists to wash your back or any affected area.
- Try to work out some way of being able to thoroughly cleanse your back especially after exercise or sweating. Some kind of long handled cloth or brush but be very certain to make sure that is is soft and not abrasive to the skin.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes or clothes that are not made of natural fibers. This helps to prevent further irritation to the skin and natural fibers “breathe” better to allow sweat to evaporate.
- Never squeeze the individual pimples or cysts regardless of the strange sense of satisfaction it provides! This tends to do more damage to the skin and increase the chances of scarring. Also it promotes further infection by spreading the bacteria within the cyst on to the adjoining areas and your fingers.
- You can use any number of easily available products such as ones containing aloe vera or tea tree oil that have a soothing or cooling effect on the area. Just don’t believe the hype and expect these products to actually “treat” the back acne. They provide relief from discomfort, that’s all.
- Get some regular exercise. It is a great stress reliever, promotes more efficient body function and if you do it outdoors results in your body manufacturing more vitamin D which is vital for healthy skin.
- Maintain a reasonably healthy diet and don’t go overboard on oily food, sugar, coffee, alcohol, white flour… you know, the usual suspects. They may not directly cause the problem but they are certainly willing to get in there and help it along!
- Drink lots of water and get a good night’s sleep every night.