Body acne, back acne, adult acne & exfoliation
Summer is coming to an end and if you suffer from back acne, you've probably noticed that the condition has worsened over the summer season; warmer temperatures don't seem to stop us from layering sunscreen, Milk Body or even Botanical oil to keep our skin hydrated and glowing. But when you mix sweat, dirt and layers of beauty products, this mixture can lead to more breakouts.
When it's located on the back, acne is usually more complex to treat since it is a large area that is difficult to reach on your own. It will most often affect the shoulders, between the shoulder blades, but can also cover the upper arms and go down to the waist. Back acne can take the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts with or without inflammation. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help control this condition!
Change your cleansing routine
To avoid acne breakouts, it is important to take care of your back last when you are in the shower. When you rinse your hair, excess shampoo or conditioner can be left on the surface of your skin and clog pores. Once your hair products have been rinsed out, you can move on to the specific care of your back.
Exfoliate regularly (but not every day!)
Free your pores from dead skin cells and cream build-up with a good exfoliation. Once a week, in the shower, let the warm water open your pores to help enjoy the exfoliation ritual. Using the wet Renaissance Glove, apply gentle pressure in circular motions, be sure to reach the entire target area and rinse thoroughly. A small amount of shower gel can then be used to cleanse the skin in depth.
Also remember to change your exfoliation glove regularly (every 3-4 months) to maintain its full effectiveness. Obviously, never share your exfoliation glove with other family members and avoid exfoliating if your skin is irritated or inflamed.
Treat and moisturize properly
Acne-prone skin also needs deep moisturizing, especially if you use salicylic acid-based cleansers, which will dry out your skin. Once exfoliated, finish with a gentle massage with a light lotion.
Several other small daily gestures can also help reduce your acne on the body; choose breathable cotton clothing, take a shower after any physical activity, wash and dry your towel properly and avoid handling acne lesions. And above all, don't hesitate to talk to your family doctor if you don't see any change after a while.