Back acne is one of the most uncomfortable things to suffer from, sometimes conveniently called bacne. And if you have acne on your face, you’re more likely to get acne on your back too. When excessive dead skin cells or sebum (oil) block your back’s overactive oil glands (sebaceous glands), it creates bacteria that cause acne on your back.
If you have acne on your face, your back skin will be very thick and sebaceous glands will create more sebum that will lead to bacne problem. Not only are they uncomfortable and annoying for you to wear clothes and bear backpacks, but they will also leave hideous acne scars behind.
That’s why it’s better to treat them as soon as possible so they don’t have the time to sit in your skin and cause acne scars on your back.
While with home remedies you can also get rid of back-acne scars, it seems clever to stop the proliferation of back-acne itself so you don’t have to take extra pain to cure bacne scars as well! Here are some effective home remedies for getting rid of back acne.
1. Sea Salt
Although diet high in sodium (salt) may aggravate your acne, sea salt can actually get you rid of it. Although there has been little research on why sea salt is so effective in eliminating acne, it may be because it is effective in containing buildup of bacteria.
Salt also effectively dries your skin out, removing all the oil on your back that causes acne. It was praised by those who used this remedy for back acne for a quick and effective solution for their bacne. However, whenever you decide to use salt for your acne remedy in the back, go for sea salt and not table salt as it contains iodine, which can cause acne to proliferate further.
Add the sea salt to the hot bath water. Soak for 20-30 minutes in this water. If your acne on the back is really bad and there are too many breakouts, repeat this process twice a day otherwise once it will be enough. If your body responds to this remedy, in a week or so, you may see your acne breakouts on the back go away.
2. Oatmeal-Honey Mask
You can make a homemade mask using honey with oatmeal. While oatmeal purifies excess oil and dirt, honey works to cure your back acne breakouts with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its antibacterial properties combat the bacteria that cause acne and eliminate redness and swelling due to the anti-inflammatory properties.
Like usual, cook the oatmeal with water. Add honey and let it cool. The mixture may get a little dry when it is cooled. If so, add to this more honey. Apply this mask to the acne on your back. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
As you might know, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a wonderful ingredient for your body. It can help you get rid of bacne as well. ACV does this by balancing your body’s pH, eliminating the acne breakouts naturally.
Since Apple cider vinegar is also an effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, it is considered one of the best remedies for acne as a whole, not just back acne. Nothing like drinking 1-2 tbsp of vinegar from apple cider combined with 1 glass of water every day. You can even make an ACV toner to topically add it to your back acne.
4. Mint Leaves
Peppermint leaves contain menthol, which is an anti-inflammatory agent and a natural analgesic. Such compounds not only relieve the pain and swelling due to acne, but due to its natural cool structure can also soothe your itchy skin.
Using mortar and pestle, crush the mint leaves. You’re going to get a smooth, green paste. Rub this paste on the affected area on your back. Leave for about 10-15 minutes. Wash away with water. Repeat two to three times a day.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda has amphoteric properties which means that it can act as either a base or acid. Therefore, it can perfectly balance the pH level of the skin, the imbalance of which results in bacteria and, in turn, acne.
It has antiseptic properties as well as mild anti-inflammatory properties that cure acne-related irritation and swelling. Baking soda also exfoliates skin in addition to all these properties to get rid of dirt and dead skin that are one of the major causes of acne.
To make a paste, mix some baking soda with water. Apply this to the acne of your back. Leave for about 10-15 minutes. Wash away with water.