Say bye bye to ‘bacne’

The skin on your back also has larger pores than facial pores, which means they are far more likely to become clogged.

Fear not, our expert tutor team at Lifetime Beauty have hints and tips to help.

Start by treating bacne (or back acne) with the same caution and concern as facial skin. A gentle, well-balanced regimen will yield better results and avoid damaging the skin in the process.

Sweat, tight fitting clothes with non-breathable fabrics, as well as backpacks are all causes of bacne. When you work out, opt for cotton to soak up sweat and oil from the back.  Loose fitting T-shirts will also let your skin breathe.

Always shower immediately after exercising. Use a pH balancing body wash, salicylic acid/benzoyl peroxide cleanser or a sulphur-based soap to remove excess oils, debris and bacteria from the skin surface before they clog pores and cause breakouts.

If you simply don’t have time to shower, use a wipe instead. Dermalogica’s skin purifying wipes still include salicylic acid but are portable. Perfect for gym and outdoor enthusiasts!

Keep your back skin clear by treating it like your face with an acne-fighting system. What ingredients should you look for?

For sensitive types, reach for a product packed with fresh fruit extracts to exfoliate and cleanse the skin.  Ingredients like papaya and grapefruit extracts help break down dead skin cells for clearer skin.

MONU’s Blemish Treatment includes both salicylic acid and papaya enzyme to treat congested pores and persistent breakouts, gently exfoliating, calming and refreshing the skin.

Purify and refine oily skin with a deep-cleansing clay formula. Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser contains oil-absorbing, water-soluble kaolin and green clays. Calming cucumber and sage soothe, while refreshing menthol revitalises.

Everyone’s skin type is different, so if preventative techniques and common treatments don’t work, consider seeing a professional.

Bacials are a great option. Dermalogica’s Purifying Back Treatment includes a deep cleanse and exfoliation using hydra active mineral salts to remove dead skin and excess oil, finishing with a massage to relax and replenish your body’s nutrients.

Interested in finding out more about professional skincare and a career in Beauty Therapy? Check out Lifetime Training's Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy diplomas

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