As an Esthetician and owner of a full-service day spa, I am treating the skin on a daily basis. I also airbrush tan, which allows me to see my client’s backs. And in the summertime, I definitely see more cases of back acne than other seasons.
Let’s talk back acne! In this episode, learn more about the causes of back acne, understand it, and the easy steps you can take to treat that back acne and get ready for smooth, clear, and glowy backs! Also, learn two of my MUST have fav tips and tools to keep in your beauty cabinet to keep your back acne at bay!
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What exactly is back acne? Well, it’s basically acne on your back. I admit I even get breakouts, especially during the hot summertime-especially when I walk or do summertime activities. Acne itself is a nice little combo of inflammation in your skin, high oil levels, acne-causing bacteria, and little sticky skin cells within your follicles blocking oil from freely flowing out. Of course, we know multiple factors can also cause acne including genetics, hormones, medication side effects, stress and diet.
A lot of us are actually more prone to breakout on our backs (I know I am) due to excess dead skin cells and overactive oil glands.
Did you know that the skin on our backs is extremely thick? That means it is easier to get blocked pores there than other places on our bodies.
Also, it is very interesting to find out we have MORE sebaceous (aka oil) glands on our upper half of the body than the lower half. Uggg, that means there is more room for blocked pores.
Show Highlights: So what are we to do? That’s where I come in to help you! Ok, so now let’s get to a few ways to treat your back acne:
- Change out of your sweaty workout clothes as soon as possible. Carry body wipes with you and remove the sweat as soon as you are done with your work out session. Use a fresh pair of clothes for each workout, sports bra, and all.
- Start reading your hair products like your skin products. Look for the bottle to read non-comedogenic, oil-free, and if you’re really lucky-won’t clog pores. Here’s one you may not have thought about. Your hair products. Your hair shampoo and conditioner running down your back can easily contribute to disturbing your pores.
- Use Salicylic Acid. I love Glo’s Clear body spray as it’s super easy for me to spritz my back (with a little stretch!) and let the product go to work. I typically spray it on after I take my shower, while my skin is still damp to allow the product to go deeper into my skin. It really has worked so well for my clients. You can also spray these on other body areas that are breaking out-such as your shoulder and chest area.
- Exfoliate: I love using a silicone back scrubber for our hard to reach back area. This is the one I use. Silicone resists bacteria and is very easy to clean. The last thing you want is for your body scrubber to harbor bacteria, so that is my preferred material.
- High frequency: Ok, let’s kill this bacteria. One of my favorite recommendations as a combo to using the clear body spray is to use this HIGH FREQUENCY WAND two to three times weekly. This is the wand I love and use! High frequency is amazing and if you come to me as a client, you’ll notice this is one of the skincare tools I like for you to have. The action of this tool’s current is THERMAL, which means heat-producing and Oxygen. This is an excellent combo for killing acne bacteria UNDER the skin, even for the most stubborn cystic acne. You’ll notice the modality of the device turns colors when you turn it on. When applied to the skin, it immediately releases argon gas while producing a small electric current, killing the bacteria. Bonuses are that using high frequency wands also reduce redness and calms inflammation.
- Wash your sheets: Don’t underestimate the power of clean sheets and clean detergents! A lot of us sweat in our sleep, so having breathable and moisture-wicking sheets are important. Also, look for hypoallergenic sheets in order to prevent bacterial growth. When you sleep, dirt and oil are transferred from your skin to your sheets. I change my sheets weekly on my favorite pillow ever, but if having flare-ups, add in one extra change. And don’t forget about your pillow case! You want this one to help prevent wrinkles and change frequently.
- Check your sunscreen. Make sure to look for an oil-free and light sunscreen that lets your skin breathe. Make sure to subscribe to my spa skin and beauty podcast to learn all about the different types of sunscreens and which one I prefer. Sunscreen is of vital importance to still use on back acne as you want to prevent possible hyperpigmentation. I go into this in Podcast Episode number three linked here.
Your trusted esthetician,
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~Proverb