As if acne isn’t bad enough on your face, right?! Have you ever experienced bacne?
Over 50% of people who experience facial acne lesions will ALSO have acne on the chest, shoulders, and back. Similar to the uninvited visitors on your face, the upper trunk has many sebaceous (oil) glands, making it a prime target for acne.
Acne forms when 3 key factors are present: overactive sebaceous glands, abnormal shedding of the skin cells and an increase in a bacterium.
Back acne or “bacne” is made worse by certain factors including heat, sweat and friction from clothing (think sports bras), backpacks and athletic pads. Yes, students and athletes- we are talking to you!
Life happens, and while we can’t avoid our genetics, hormones and day to day activities, there are some ways to prevent and help our back acne (or wherever acne is harassing you at the current moment).
- We suggest using non-comedogenic moisturizers (aka it won’t clog the pores).
- Remove sweaty/dirty clothing as soon as possible after exercise or physical activity.
- Shower as soon as possible after a workout. Please?
- Wash your face twice a day with either @Savethewaveskin’s Dead Sea Mud or Bamboo (Activated) Charcoal Soaps. These are excellent choices because of their anti-inflammatory and deep cleansing properties, all without the risk of drying out the skin.
- Do NOT scrub the skin with harsh astringents or scrubs; It will make the inflammation worse. INSTEAD, use our Rejuvenating 10% Lactic Acid Gel 2-3 times a week to break apart those “sticky" skin cells that can lead to acne. Side note: This product is safe to use on the face, chest, shoulder, and back!
- Treat your back to @Savethewaveskin’s Purifying Blueberry Charcoal Mud Mask 2-3 times a week for the anti-inflammatory benefits of the charcoal, all while removing dirt and impurities from your skin. It also smells delicious.
If you can find success from Save the Wave Skincare collection and tips, that is fantastic! However, we understand that each skin type is different, so if you are unable to get your acne where you want it to be, see your skin professional for other tips on management and care.