Bacne - Breakouts On Your Back and Shoulders
Recently, I have been approached by a large number of customers complaining of the dreaded bacne! I figure this means it's time for a post! While there are many causes of breakouts, here are a few of the most common culprits!.
This is always my number one suggestion for customers. Conditioner, and leave-in hair products can directly affect the skin on your back and shoulders, since this is where your hair often spends most of it's time. When using products like conditioner in the shower, it is extremely important to make sure you are rinsing your hair thoroughly. The ingredients in most conditioners will clog pores. If you don't thoroughly rinse your hair after use, these ingredients end up on the skin of your neck, back, and shoulders. There, they clog your pores and spur the birth of acne breakouts.
Clothing & Detergent
Some clothing that is irritating in design or fiber. Skin irritations often result in breakouts, or in rashes that can be misinterpreted as breakouts. Another huge concern related to your clothing is your detergent. It is possible for the detergent to be causing breakouts, but it is even more probable that you are using too much. If laundry is washed with too much detergent, it often does not get rinsed out completely. This coats your clothing with a layer of detergent, that then is transferred to your skin, causing clogged pores, irritation, and breakouts.
Here's on you can't do much about. Some people are just genetically more susceptible to breakouts and acne, on the face, and/or on the body. Acne caused by your genetic makeup can still be controlled, or at least reduced with the use of appropriate products. A dermatologist can help you further if needed.
Diet & Exercise
Foods high in salt, fat, and/or sugar help create the perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Maintaining a healthy diet with lots of hydration (water is important!), paired with regular exercise will keep your skin in much healthier condition.
Wash Your Back
It might seem like a simple thing, but you would be surprised by how many people forget that this is a vital step in preventing breakouts! Washing and exfoliating your back is one of the best things you can do to help prevent breakouts on your neck, back, and shoulders. Try using an exfoliating soap (try something like this) and pair it with a back scrubber.