The Best Products for Treating Bacne (AKA acne of the body)
This is a legit lifesaver.
With all the other stress going on your life rn, the last thing you wanna be dealing with is acne of any kind. But actually, the majority of under 25s (80%, to be exact) will suffer with it in some form or another, including back, chest and neck areas as well as the most common pesky facial break outs.
Annoyingly, you can have the clearest skin going and still be cursed with relentless back acne - and it’s a particularly annoying one to handle. Not only is it a really tricky area to physically reach ‘cos arms just don’t bend that way; it also needs a whole different kinda treatment from your average spotty skin.
WHY DOES BACNE HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?
No idea, but it turns out that bacne isn't impossible to get rid of, it's just that your body is tougher — and needier — than your adorable lil face. Here’s a whole load of genius products which will help you keep the bacne at bay.
1. Paula’s Choice Clear Exfoliating Body Spray
Acne-fighting spray products are your new best friend, as they’re ideal for getting to the hardest-to-reach places of your bod with minimal effort. This one can be used by all skin types as it’s alcohol, fragrance and colourant free - but still packs a punch for targeting blemishes, keratosis and redness.
2. Proactiv Clear Zone Body Pads
Tight fitting clothes can trigger a break out by trapping all the sweaty stuff, bacteria, dirt and oil against your skin. Gross, but what’s the fix? Just swipe your back with one of these jumbo pads packed with acne fighting acids, green tea to calm redness and refreshing witch hazel, and you’re good to go.
3. Sans[Ceuticals] pH Perfect Body Wash
Just like you’d choose a facial cleanser for your skin type, the right body wash is essential for targeting your body acne. Makes sense, right? Shower gels are usually harsh af, so pick a simple pH balanced brand like this one - the perfect ‘free from’ formula with added Vitamin A to encourage new cell turnover.
4. Murad Clarifying Body Spray
This particular spray is loved by beauty gurus far and wide for helping even the most blemished of backs and bodies. A powerful formula full of retinol and salicylic acid with a snazzy 360 nozzle that even works upside down, ensuring that you can cover each and every break-out with as much of that magical salicylic acid as poss.
5. Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap
Yep, exfoliating is necessary - but be careful that you’re not too abrasive in your scrubbing. The skin on your back can handle whatever you throw at it, but your chest skin is thin and can scar easily. If acne gets everywhere for you, the fresh fruit extracts in this mega popular body soap will exfoliate effectively, while rejuvenating and soothing sensitive areas with ginseng and oat protein.
6. Origins RitualiTea Body Mask
A body mask might sound fancy af, but if you’re serious about battling the bacne then you’re gonna have to pamper yourself a little. The ingredients in this one transform into a creamy exfoliating scrub, which promises to absorb excess oil and leave skin clear and smooth. Just pop it onto wet skin, step out of the shower for a few minutes to brush your teeth, and then rinse it off like a face mask. Clever, eh?
7. Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish
For body acne that’s made of seriously tough stuff - and particularly based around your back - a no nonsense, heavy duty exfoliator could be the thing to invest in. Enzymes are your BFF here, as well as salicylic lactic and glycolic acids, to slough away dead skin cells and smooth rough, bumpy areas.
8. Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Gel
Body acne is different for everyone, and can take the form of either underlying, sore cysts or active break outs. Try a targeting product like this little gem, which contains acne-busting salicylic acid to instantly fight the spots, whilst caffeine and red algae help to relieve painful, irritating redness. It makes SUCH a difference overnight.
9. Mio Gym Kit
If you’re someone who’s forever getting sweaty at the gym, think about your workout clothing choices - breathable fabrics will help you ditch the sweat rather than trapping it against your skin. Always shower ASAP after your workout to remove excess dirt and oil - and handy little kits like this are great to keep in your bag for an instant freshen up.
10. Soap and Glory Shower Cap
Yep, we know it sounds weird - but hear us out. The skin on your back has larger pores than the ones on your face, so they’re far more likely to get clogged. Shampoo is a particularly sneaky culprit, so wash your hair, condition it, rinse - then wrap it up in a shower cap and wash your body properly. You’ll limit the oils from your conditioner irritating your freshly washed skin – GENIUS.
- Words by Lucy Wood.