Acne is medically known as Acne vulgaris. Statistics show that at least 75% of all 11-30 year olds across all races get acne at one point or another. Even though the exact cause of acne is not known, it is argued that it is caused by an increase of the hormone androgen in the body. This leads to an increased production of oil glands at the base of hair follicles found on the skin.
Due to the accelerated production, the pores on the surface of the skin are unable to cope with removal of the oil leading to its accumulation of the skin which is seen as acne.
Forms of acne
Acne can be found on different parts of the body including face, arms, legs and back. Back acne is displayed on the skin in several different forms: white heads, black heads, pustules, papules, nodules and in some cases as cysts. The severity of acne varies from one person to another.
However, there are instances that can lead to an increase or aggravation of the acne: some point during the menstruation cycle, medication and pregnancy. Wearing tight clothes, friction, using oil base products and anxiety are other factors that lead to an increase of back acne.
Ways to treat back acne
Over the years, scientists have carried numerous researches on acne, more so back acne. However, all results on treatment have been negative; there is no known cure for acne. Viral treatment is hoped to cure acne in the future. Nevertheless, there are several home remedies that help you reduce your back acne or acne:
Exfoliation – this is the removal of dead skin or excess oil using an abrasive material. For treatment of back acne, this exfoliation needs to be done gently and carefully; hard scrubbing could lead to an increased skin irritation.
Go swimming in the sea or add salt to your daily bath – salt is a magical cure for many ailments. Get into the bath or sea of salty water and soak for some time (10-15minutes). If it is a bath, you can repeat at least twice daily. If you are swimming in the sea, soak up some sun for a few minutes and repeat the process several times. However, do not stay in the sun for long as it will cause irritation on the back.
Use zinc based products – normally, human beings require only trace amounts of zinc in their bodies. Zinc is an immune booster and known to heal wounds. For this reason, look for products that contain small amounts of zinc.
Lower skin PH to 4.7 – this can be achieved by using products that will lower your shower or bath water PH. You can make a body spray using apple cider vinegar and water in the ratio of 2:1. Using this every day before bed will give you amazing results.
As much as it has no cure, there are ways to treat back acne and are all determined by how well you take care of your skin.