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Is one of the reasons you're wary of sporting backless dresses or low-cut sari blouses dreadful back acne? Well, we feel your pain. Most women go through it. Back acne, a.k.a. “bacne”, is usually caused when the body’s oil and dead skin cells get trapped within the follicle and create a blockage. This blockage then becomes a blackhead and may even further result in a pimple if the bacteria spreads. There are multiple reasons why bacne happens - one of them could be the type of clothing material you're wearing. Some clothing materials tend to abrade the skin, which irritates the follicles and ultimately gives rise to acne. It could also be caused by excessive sweating or heredity. Whatever be its cause, we’re here to help. Here are 8 natural ways to get rid of back acne!
Regular cooking salt has high quantities of sodium, which can aggravate acne. That’s why we recommend you use natural sea salt - grains of heaven dry out your skin, taking away all the excessive oil that causes acne on your back. Here’s how to make the best use of sea salt!
Step 1: Fill 2-3 cups with sea salt.
Step 2: Pour it into a tub of steaming hot water.
Step 3: Soak in this mixture for about 30 minutes.
Step 4: Get out of the tub and pat yourself dry.
Step 5: Apply a light water-based moisturizer after your skin is completely dry.
Step 6: Do this twice a week.
This remedy will start showing results in about 3 weeks. But if you think this is too much effort, you can also opt for another option, wherein you use the same mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on your back twice a day!
Mix some oatmeal and honey and create a paste. While oatmeal is known to cleanse oil and dirt, honey works as an antibacterial agent and has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your skin. Here’s how to use it.
Step 1: Boil water in a utensil
Step 2: Add oatmeal to it and leave it for about 5-7 minutes.
Step 3: Then add in a spoonful of honey.
Step 4: Stir the mixture for about 10 minutes
Step 5: Apply gently to the affected areas of your back.
Step 6: Leave it there for about 15-20 mins.
Step 7: Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Do this thrice a week.
Lemon juice is extremely beneficial for the skin. While citric acid does the job of lightening blemishes, the alpha hydroxy acids help get rid of dead skin cells and stimulates fresh growth.
Step 1: Take a shower and pat your back dry.
Step 2: Squeeze a yellow lemon, and use a ball of cotton to soak the juice up.
Step 3: Apply on the affected areas of your back.
Step 4: Keep it there for about 10-15 minutes.
Step 5: Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Tip: Do this at night time, because lemon juice is prone to reacting with sunlight, which can irritate the skin.
Apple cider vinegar truly does wonders for your skin. It helps restore the pH balance of your skin, which naturally lowers the chances of acne breakouts. It’s also considered to be an effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Here’s how to make the best use of it.
Step 1: Mix apple cider vinegar and water.
Step 2: Pour this mixture into a spray bottle.
Step 3: Spray the mixture every night on your back before going to bed.
Step 4: If you aren’t comfortable with using the spray, make use of a cotton ball.
Step 5: You can keep the mixture on all night of it's a diluted one (2-3 spoonfuls in a bottle of water) , or wash it off after 30 minutes if you've made a more concentrated solution.
Tomatoes not only make a healthy snack but are also good for your skin. Since tomato juice is acidic in nature, it acts as a natural bleaching agent. It helps improve skin texture, make it more radiant and reduces the chances of back acne. Why don’t you give the remedy below a shot?
Step 1: Cut a tomato into half and mash it to make a pulp out of it.
Step 2: Gently apply the pulp on the affected area.
Step 3: Leave it there for 15-20 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse it off with cold water.
Try this once a day for a few weeks.
Oranges are rich in vitamins, including a vitamin called Retinol. This compound helps get rid of dead skin cells and regenerates new ones. Oranges also contain high quantities of vitamin C, which is responsible for improving skin texture. Here’s how to make the best use of it.
Step 1: Peel an orange, and dry its skin in the sun.
Step 2: Grind the dried peel in the mixer and make it into a powder.
Step 3: Add in a quarter glass of water to make a paste.
Step 4: Apply the mixture on your back acne to lighten scars.
Step 5: Wash it off after 15 minutes.
Turmeric is known to possess healing properties. When it comes to skin protection, it makes an excellent exfoliating agent. As such, it not only speeds up the process of eradicating acne but also smoothens and brightens up the skin. Follow these steps to use it to banish your bacne woes.
Step 1: Take one tablespoon of turmeric powder.
Step 2: Add milk cream to it.
Step 3: Stir the mix till it turns into a thick, yellow paste.
Step 4: Gently apply it on the acne affected areas.
Step 5; Leave it on for 15 minutes then wash it off.
Do this every day to see results.
When it comes to skin, nutmeg has amazing healing benefits. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce acne and acne scars on the back. If you combine it with honey, it will reduce infection and swelling around clogged pores.
Step 1: Take a spoonful of nutmeg powder, one spoonful of cinnamon powder and honey.
Step 2: Mix the ingredients to make a paste.
Step 3: Apply on the affected areas.
Step 4: Leave the mixture on for an hour, and then gently wash it off.
Tip: Apply on a patch of skin on your arm first before applying it on your back, and check for irritation after an hour. This mixture may not be ideal to use on skin that is super sensitive, so the patch test is important.
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