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It’s almost summer and you want to wear clothes that let your skin breathe, but if you have acne on your back and chest area aka “bacne” it is often too embarrassing to expose those parts of your skin.
Acne does not go away once you hit your twenties, it can continue on well into late adulthood, particularly in the back and chest area. The pores on your back and chest area are similar to those on your face. They clog easily and produce lots of oil and therefore, zits. Unlike your face though, other stressors besides the environment, weather, hormones and stress can cause acne on your back and chest, particularly the clothing you wear.
Getting rid of bacne is easy, if you know how to attack it right.
First, use a good scrub daily to exfoliate away dead skin that can clog pores, preferably a brand that contains salicylic acid, the most effective acne-fighting treatment. We like JASON’s Apricot Scrubble.
While the Apricot Scrubble does not contain salicylic acid, it is a good acne fighter because it effectively removes the sebum produced by your pores. It smells nice and earthy in the shower and is an affordable all-natural product that is 100% vegetarian, contains no animal by-products or parabens.
Tea tree oil is a great natural alternative to salicylic acid. Tea tree oil comes from the eucalyptus tree and has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties and naturally attacks the root of the acne. A drop or two on a q-tip applied directly to the offending blemish will shrink it quickly. It can also be diluted in water (about five-seven drops on a cotton ball soaked in water) and rubbed over your back and chest as a preventive measure.
Also remember that in summer months if you are going to expose your back or chest to the sun, use a good sunscreen strong enough for your skin type but that doesn’t clog your pores. We like JASON Mineral Sunblock.
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