Back Acne (Bacne) and Chest Acne
It's estimated that nearly 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from acne. As the name indicates, "bacne" (as well as chest acne and other types of body acne) occurs when breakouts appear in these areas of the body. While breakouts on the face are often a major concern, those that appear on the back and chest can be equally frustrating when it comes time to bare skin in the warmer months. The good news is that controlling acne is within reach, once you know how it's formed and how to treat your skin for optimal health.
1. Wear loose, clean clothing
Whenever possible, the fabric next to your skin should always be clean; preferably, it should made from cotton or another natural, breathable material. The last thing you want is to trap sweat against your skin with tight, non-breathable synthetic fabrics, which will create the perfect environment for body acne to flourish.
2. Exfoliate with AHAs
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) slough away dead skin cells and help prevent clogged pores and acne. The AHA Botanical Body Wash uses Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts to exfoliate the skin.
3. Beware long hair
When you have long hair, it's important to ensure that you keep it clean if it will be in contact with your back, shoulders, and chest. Essentially, you don't want dirty or product-laden hair resting against your bare skin.
4. Change your sheets often (and use clean towels too)
If you're trying to beat back acne and chest acne, it's important to ensure that all the fabrics you're in contact with are as clean as possible.
5. Tone the skin
A toner that is specifically designed to help beat body acne is ideal. The Special Cleansing Lotion "O" should be used after the AHA Botanical Body Soap. Created specifically to treat body acne, it includes Cucumber Extract, Sulfur, Camphor, and 10% Isopropyl Alcohol to help dry up existing acne while working to prevent future breakouts.
6. Wash after sweating
Over-cleansing the skin is never a good idea. However, if you've been sweating a lot it's absolutely necessary to wash your body to prevent back acne and chest acne.
7. Use a mask
Two to three times a week, use a mask to help get rid of body acne. The sulfur-based Drying Mask is the perfect choice!
8. Ditch the irritating laundry detergent
Not everybody experiences bacne and chest acne from strongly perfumed laundry detergents, but if you're breaking out in these areas, your laundry detergent may be exacerbating the condition. Opt for fragrance-free detergents or detergents made for sensitive skin.
9. Spot-treat breakouts
There are four main types of acne, and four skin care weapons designed to eliminate each kind.
Blackheads To treat blackheads, find a product that helps absorb oil to unclog congested pores. Silver Powder can be used as a mask on affected areas twice per week. This combination of kaolin, zinc oxide and calcium carbonate helps to absorb oil and stubborn blackheads, clearing up congested pores.
Whiteheads get their moniker because they typically form a visible white bump at the top. Formulated with Salicylic Acid, Colloidal Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Camphor and Calamine, this spot treatment contains everything you need to control whiteheads overnight. Never shaken, Drying Lotion can be applied using a cotton swab dipped down to the bottom of the jar and pulled straight up.
Caused by bacteria, pimples are generally small, under the surface breakouts that are pink or red in color. They form in small clusters, but one or two can also appear. Drying Cream contains a special blend of Zinc Oxide, Aloe, Beeswax, Colloidal Sulfur and Titanium Dioxide to dry up small under the surface bumps. Perfect for daytime, it has a mildly concealing property to help eliminate visible redness.
Cystic Blemishes (Zits) form in the deeper layers of the skin. Often painful to the touch, these infected breakouts can be especially uncomfortable. Perfect for cystic blemishes that appear on the back and chest, Buffering Lotion contains superstar ingredients Zinc Oxide as well as B vitamins and amino acids to help soothe inflammation and reduce breakouts.