If you’re tying the knot soon and you suffer from back acne, a.k.a, ‘bacne’, you might want to act quickly. But before we tell you how to treat it, we think you should know the main cause behind it. You see, acne on the back can occur when the body’s oil and dead skin cells get trapped within the follicle. This creates a blockage and becomes a blackhead or even a pimple if the bacteria spreads. Some common reasons why it can happen are due to waxing, dandruff, fabric friction, excessive sweating or simply genetics.
Now that you know the causes behind it, here are 10 ways to get rid of bacne before your big day. Don’t worry, you’re going to look smokin’ hot in that backless sari blouse! *Wink*
1. Shower Regularly
As a bride, we bet shaadi preparations must be making you run all over the place. No matter how busy you get, it’s important to shower as often as you can. Keeping your body clean will prevent sweat and bacteria buildup in your pores. Make sure to use a shower gel that is gentle and has acne fighting properties, like this natural sandal and turmeric body wash by Khadi. Plus, you’ll feel fresh and stress-free at the same time!
2. Get Exfoliating, Baby!
The best way to get rid of your dead skin cells is to exfoliate regularly. This unclogs your pores of bacteria. Loofahs, sponges and this delicious citrus body scrub from The Body Shop are your bathing weapons! Exfoliating your back (and everywhere else) once or twice a week will surely make it look clear and fabulous on your wedding day.
3. Wear Loose Clothes
Until your big day, make sure that the clothes you wear are breathable, clean and comfortable. Cotton clothes are a good choice as they are light, absorb sweat and don’t stick to the skin. Synthetic fabrics that trap heat should be avoided as much as possible. Wash your clothes often and keep them clean so that they can keep your body clean too.
4. Wash Your Sheets
Did you know that your bed sheets can be a breeding field for bacteria, dirt and germs? Sleeping on your back on those dirty sheets could irritate your skin and eventually lead to breakouts. To prevent this from happening, change your bed sheets twice a week. The same goes for your blankets and comforters.
5. Are You Wearing The Right Bra?
When we say right, we mean that the bra should be clean and fit you well. Always put your bras for a wash after you wear them once. Sometimes, tight bra straps and dirty bras can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. If you’re facing this situation, try to wear strapless bras or silicone ones.
6. Moisturize All The Way
After taking a shower, don’t forget to moisturize your skin immediately. This not only helps fight dry, dull skin, but also helps it to absorb the moisture and seal it in. Trust us, in no time, you will have a smooth, soft and a flawless back.
7. Mint Leaves Are The Best
One of the reasons you should consider giving mint leaves a shot is because they have anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin A and salicylic acid that help fight and prevent acne. Crush some mint leaves and mix them with warm water. Leave the leaves to soak in the water for about 10 minutes and pour the liquid on your back. Keep it on for a good 15 minutes and wash it off with cool water after. Twice a month will banish bacne for good!
8. Bathing In Sea Salt Would Be Great
One of the most effective ways to get rid of bacne is taking a dip in sea salt. It relieves stress, dries skin out, clears oil build-up and absorbs unwanted toxins from the body. In short, it helps detoxify your skin. The next time you take a bath, don’t forget to add 2 cups of sea salt into the water. Soak yourself for about 10-15 minutes and take a regular shower after.
9. Honey & Oatmeal Love Your Skin
This natural home remedy will treat back acne like a pro! Since honey is packed with minerals, vitamins and antibacterial properties, it’s known to heal back acne. Also, oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and that’s perfect for sensitive skin. All you’ve got to do is, in a bowl, add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of honey. Blend both the ingredients well and apply it on your back. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash it off. Do this thrice a month for positive results
10. Visit A Dermatologist
If none of these work, fix an appointment with your dermatologist. They may give you oral prescriptions, suggest certain creams or even tweak your lifestyle habits a bit. Be rest assured that once you’re transparent about your problems with him/ her, you’ll be in good hands.