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  • Bacne Fighting Skin Care Tips

  • Posted by Kristen on August 17, 2010 at 05:29PM
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  • Acne is literally and figuratively a four-letter word and "bacne" (back acne) evokes that same cringe-worthy, visceral response, no? Our clothes can trap dead skin cells and sweat -- especially post-workout -- which can trigger breakouts in that hard-to-reach area. But our friend Annet King (the one who showed us how to pop a zit the right way in this how-to video ), Director of Global Education of The International Dermal Institute, has tips to help you combat bacne -- so you can wear a back-baring dress or top, without fear of having a giant whitehead on display:

  • Cleanse: Be sure to use a soap and fragrance-free anti-bacterial cleansing wash like Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar, $3.99. Many people over-cleanse the skin with harsh soaps and use vigorous scrubbing tools and products. The use of Alkaline-based surfactants or soaps not only rob skin of moisture, but also provide a bacteria-loving environment. This can also exacerbate the breakouts and slow down the healing process. Have a hard time reaching your back? Use a shower pouf on a stick -- just use one that is removal so you can wash it often.

  • Tone: Spritz your back with an oil- and bacteria-controlling toner. Many bacne sufferers will try mentholated and alcohol astringents, which provide a cooling sensation, however in most cases these are SD alcohol-based, which strips the skin of lipids, causing the skin to over-produce oil. Look for alcohol-free toners in “smart trigger” packaging that allow for easy spritzing over your back. Before heading out to the gym, pack anti-bacterial wipes to use after you workout like Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Skin Purifying Wipes, $17.

  • Exfoliate gently: Many people use loofahs and brushes to try and rid the skin of back acne, which only worsens the condition. The use of such tools causes micro-lacerations in the skin, making it once again a hospitable environment for bacteria to breed and grow. A gentle fragrance-free scrub like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub, $6.99 should be used instead. Lightly massage it over the area and rinse off.

  • Don’t squeeze and pick: Seek out the help of a professional skin therapist to give you a back treatment to clear impactions, exfoliate gently and dry up the lesions with high frequency, a machine that omits an ozone gas that kills bacteria and heals pimples. Can't make it to a pro? Simply use a topical spot reducer (try Paula's Choice 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Gel, $18.95) and apply a clay masque like Laura Mercier Deep Cleansing Clay Mask, $36 twice a week for 10-15 minutes and rinse.

  • And here are a few sneaky ways to prevent bacne in the first place:

  • 1. Avoid waxy hair products that may come into contact with the skin on your back.

  • 2. Wear cotton clothing versus synthetic fibers, which can trap oil and dead cells.

  • 3. Pillowcases should be changed at least every other day and sheets twice a week. Avoid using fabric softeners on bed linens as they may cause a breakout.

  • 4. Avoid tanning beds. Many believe that this will speed up the healing of breakouts; however, the effects are only temporary. UV exposure increases cell production, causing more breakouts.

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  • Member Comments

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    • Im a really bad bacne sufferer...I hate it! I\'ve had painful facials and tried products but I still keep on getting infected nodules and over 50 blackheads. Hate bacne. Especially the part how its not that common on ppl.

      by gabster14 Monday, August 16, 2010 at 07:40PM Report as inappropriate

    • It\'s a good idea to go to your favorite spa and ask for a bacial...a facial for your back. They should do a cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, mask, toner and moisturize! It feels fabulous!

      by BodyNoir Monday, August 16, 2010 at 06:00PM Report as inappropriate

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