Back Acne Home Treatment
No one is certain what causes back acne. It typically occurs after puberty, according to Daniel Kern of Acne.org, and is a result of over-active oil glands, bacteria and the shedding of skin cells that clog pores. Acne mechanica is a form of acne that is caused when the skin is repeatedly irritated. In this case, wearing tight clothing, back packs, and using fitness equipment that rubs your back and shoulders can exacerbate breakouts.
Because acne is caused when pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, it's important to keep your back clean. While you won't stop the production of sebum, the oil produced in the sebaceous glands, you can minimize the amount of oils your glands produce. According to a 2008 study published in the "Journal of Physiological Anthropology," participants who washed their skin in the morning with soap and water produced less sebum for four hours following their shower.
The most effective over-the-counter medications used to treat acne are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. For mild breakouts, however, you may be able to get by with using a home remedy. An oatmeal mask with honey can help to soothe irritation caused by acne and kill bacteria. According to the Beauty Brains, a website by scientists who work in the cosmetics industry, honey has antibacterial properties. While it's not known for sure if honey can clear acne, the Beauty Brains say honey's antibacterial mechanisms could help to kill P. acnes, the bacteria that cause pimples.
It's been proven that there is no association between chocolate, greasy foods and acne. That does not mean, however, that the link between acne and diet is non-existent. Because hormones play an important role in acne causation, foods that affect your hormones may be responsible, at least in part, for your back acne. In a 2005 study published in the "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology," researcher Clement A. Adebamowo, MD, indicates that hormones in milk may have bioactive properties. Take time off from drinking milk for about six weeks, the amount of time it takes for most skincare remedies to take effect, if your acne clears, you know there is a connection.
The Hormone Help Center in New York reports that acne is a hormonal disorder. Androgens in the blood, which affect men and women, stimulate sebaceous glands. In a 2005 report published in "Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery," researcher Loren Cordain, PhD, indicates that low glycemic foods may have therapeutic potential in treating acne because they reduce hormones in the blood that increase sebum production.
If you suffer from back acne, you may want to make some changes that could have immediate results. Daniel Kern of Acne.org suggests wearing loose-fitting shirts. A tight top can irritate your back and make your acne more difficult to treat. Also, avoid wearing backpacks. In addition to rubbing your back, backpacks can also cause you to sweat. While sweating does not cause acne, it can prevent pores from releasing dead skin cells and force debris to choke your hair follicles. Always cover gym equipment with a towel and wear clean shirts that keep your back entirely covered. It's uncertain how much bacteria resides on gym-equipment. Change your bed sheets often. Your sheets can absorb the oils produced by the sebaceous glands.
After about six weeks of working with home remedies, you should begin to see results. If your back acne is not responding to treatment, it's important to start a regimen using topical medications. If your acne is moderate to severe, you are at risk of scarring. Also, it's important to run any acne-treatment regimen by your physician or a dermatologist.
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