Cystic acne and pimples do not only appear on your face, it can also appear on any part of your body such as chest, shoulders and back. It can feel painful or even itchy. Similar to face acne, the hair follicles on the skin can trap bacteria and sweat, thus causing breakouts. Particularly in Singapore’s humid weather, the bacteria-causing acne can thrive in sweaty, moist conditions.
The skin on the back are thicker and heals much slower than the face, hence back acne often leaves embarrassing, unsightly scars and marks that may take a long time to fade. Find out how you can deal with your back acne in most cases, through some lifestyle changes and home remedies.
- Scrub and exfoliate
Exfoliate your back once or twice a week. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin, extra dirt and oils on your back. You can use products with ingredients such as salicylic acid or make your own by mixing coconut oil, sugar and honey together. With regular exfoliation, this can help reduce the amount of dead skin and dirt that could be clogging your pores.
- Post-workout shower
Shower immediately after a workout once you have cooled down. Letting the sweat and dirt sit on your skin longer than necessary post-workout can be a big contributor to back acne. The dirt and oil can get trapped between your clothing and skin, increasing the possibility of acne popping up.
- Keep hair off your back
Your long hair may be introducing more oil and dirt to the skin on your back which causes acne breakouts. During sweat sessions, tie up your hair in a bun or ponytail.
- Wash off your shampoo first
During your shower, wash off your shampoo and conditioner first and avoid letting it run down your back. The cause of back acne can be contributed by the ingredients and oils from these hair products that may contributed to clogged pores. Ensure your back is free of excess soap once you are done showering. You can also opt to use a PH-balancing body wash to as the imbalance of PH levels in the skin can be a factor in acne causes.
Acne Treatments Options for Your Back
Sometimes, you might need a little extra professional help when it comes to clearing up acne. If you are not getting relief from home remedies or the suggested tips above, you should also make a visit to the best aesthetic clinic in Singapore and find out how your acne can be treated effectively. Some of the treatment options are:
- Chemical Peels
Plugged follicles on the back, which are precursors to acne, can be cleared through chemical peels. Clogged pores will be reduced, resulting in lesser acne breakouts with regular peelings. This treatment also helps with acne scar removal and reducing its appearance on your back.
- Oral Medication
Prescription medicine and oral antibiotics can help to reduce bacteria overgrowth that causes back acne. As it is not possible to carry out treatments on the skin daily, it is therefore important that you have oral medication to help control and manage your back acne.
- Laser Treatments
There is a variety of laser treatments that can be used to get rid of acne scars on your back, such as Q-switch laser, fractional CO2 laser and V-beam laser. These will reduce the amount of scarring and speed up the healing process.
- AGNES Treatment
For persistent acne that recurs on the same areas, it may be necessary to treat the pores directly which cause acne. AGNES is a revolutionary treatment that employs a focused and targeted approach by using insulated micro-needles to deliver radiofrequency energy with precision to the treated area. This helps to destroy the hyperactive sebaceous glands responsible for the recurrent acne, and is also suitable for cystic acne.
Consult with our aesthetic doctors at our clinic, where the above-mentioned back acne treatment in Singapore are also available. We will assess the cause of your back acne and discuss a treatment protocol that is personalized to your acne condition, history and lifestyle.