Skincare: How To Deal With Back Acne

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It is not strange that you should assume oily skin struggles end at your face. Until you start noticing acne on your back or chest and that’s when you realise that other parts of your body also secrets as much sebum as your face. In this list, we highlight some of the ways you can address back acne for that smooth, clear and glowing skin.

  1. Exfoliate

Apart from lifestyle and other external factors, acne can form due to many other reasons. Sad to say, sometimes it comes down a simple misstep as lack of exfoliating. Exfoliating your body is important as it removes dead cells, unclogs pores, exposing that fresh healthy skin that is ready to take up products. Therefore, to treat back acne invest in an exfoliating scrub that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a known treatment for acne and inflammation. It keeps pores clear by removing dirt and dead skin.   After exfoliating follow up with a moisturizer.

  1. Mind your products

When it comes to products that will help you fight back acne, stay away from comedogenic products. These are products, mostly oils clog pores inducing acne and breakouts. Non-comedogenic oils, on the other hand, do not clog your pores, they keep the skin supple, hydrated and acne-free. Tea tree oil and shea butter are good non-comedogenics. Therefore when looking for products that can fight back acne, mind ingredients like tea tree oil/shea butter, salicylic acid and beta hydroxide which also treat acne. Beauty: 5 skincare products for beautiful skin on a budget.

  1. Moisturize

Contrary to common belief; that leaving your skin dry will reduce greasiness hence curbing breakouts, doing so actually leads to the overproduction of sebum. This happens as the body tries to compensate for the lacking moisture, which only ends up in more greasiness hence breakouts. Therefore, even if your skin is oily keep it moisturised. Stick to lightweight formulas and non-comedogenic products. Skincare: 7 beauty product must-haves for the cold season.

  1. Avoid over showering

Over showering can strip away moisture and oil from your skin leading to dryness. Dryness can lead to overproduction of sebum hence leading to breakouts. Lest we forget that over showering also strips the skin of good bacteria leaving it at the mercies of harmful bacteria which can contribute to acne. That doesn’t mean that you should avoid showering. Especially after a work out session. Sweat and dirt on the skin only end up causing acne. Hence whenever you sweat a lot ensure that you shower and wear loose-fitting clothes to allow your skin to breathe. Health: The Hazards Of Showering Every Day

  1. Don’t skimp on sunscreen

Do not fail to apply to sunscreen anytime you know your back will be exposed. sunscreen will not only block out the harsh sunshine rays but also help with acne. Although you need to know the SPF that will be effective in blocking sun rays according to your skin type. It is safe to use SPF 45 and above, although again that is dependent on the user’s skin type and level of exposure. Nonetheless, if your skin is acne-prone, opt for oil-free and lightweight sunscreen formulas. Here are: 5 ways you are making your sunscreen less effective without even realising it.

That said, remember what you eat matters most. Fruits and vegetables help protect the skin against infections while containing antioxidants that protect the skin against UV radiation. Hence it is important to practise healthy eating habits if you want that glowing, healthy skin.

Find out How to take care of acne-prone skin.

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