Back acne can change how we will feel about ourselves. It changes how we dress for the day, or any occasion for that matter. It can even be physically painful.
Here are a few things to be aware of when trying to prevent back acne.
A nuisance for many women, and more so for women with acne prone skin. We often are in a hurry, we grab the first bra hanging on the hook (or door knob), and we’re dressed and out the door.
This uncomfortable annoying little piece of clothing can be a culprit for back acne. You may have noticed acne around the strap area on either side of your back. Not only does it cause acne from clogged pores, it can also cause skin irritations from the constant rubbing on the skin.
Change them daily, if you can. When bras get loose, they shift and rub even more on your skin. If you are wearing a sports bra, this traps in heat, rubs on your skin, and can cause breakouts. A tip: hand wash your bra each night and hang drying it for the next day. It only takes a few minutes and you can even do it while you shower. Remember it’s hugging on our skin for over 10+ hours a day.
Camisoles for women and plain T’s for men
Same rule, wash more often, or change daily if possible. Lucky for us, these are shirts that usually go under another like a button up or blouse. They are affordable to buy online and in packs of 3 or more. Truthfully, you can never have to many.
We don’t have to roll in dirt to get dirty. Particle pollution finds its way into everything, dust, dirt, smoke, and other pollution that can only be seen using an electron microscope. Fun fact, did you know that 70% or more of dust is actually dead skin...
Our skin is the largest organ, it’s easy to forget this. Keeping it healthy is vital to our body and metabolism.
Weight belts and waist trainers.
While sweat does not cause acne, but basically you’re trapping heat on your skin during your workouts. If you have acne prone skin this can cause breakouts, and other skin irritations. Pay attention to the types of material its made with as well. Materials like silicon have been known to irritate the skin.
Wear breathable fabrics - when we move our clothes rubs on our skin, fabrics that are rough can cause a lot of damage in little time. Fabrics to avoid would be synthetic, polyester, spandex, rayon, and “sweat proof” workout clothes. They absorb moisture and trap in heat that can cause acne to flare up. Opt for lightweight fabrics like cotton which can absorb moisture without trapping heat. Sorry but fabrics that cling like leggings are unknowingly a poor choice for acne prone skin.
Many people wash their bed sheets 1-2 times a quarter and sometimes longer than that! This is a big problem if you’re trying to fight back acne.
Whether or not you see dirt or stains on your sheet, trust me, they are still dirty. You share your bed with mites, dead skin cells, bodily oils and fluids, and germs. It’s even more important to wash your sheets after recovering form an illness like the cold or flu, but many people don’t do that either. It’s amazing how fast bacteria can build up on sheets, pillowcases, and even your pajamas each day. It’s recommended you wash your bed sheets 1 a week or every other week. If you suffer from back acne, and go to bed without a shirt, you could be spreading and causing more inflammation.
Here’s a tip for busy people
If you cant wash your sheets every week pop them in the dryer on the highest heat for 30 min or more. It will kill off some bacteria, viruses, and germs that can cause skin irritations and other harmful infections. You may also want to include pillowcases, towels, and other items you don’t wash regularly (but should).
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