The back is a place on the body that many neglect – simply because it’s hard to reach!
Problems with the skin on the back occur more often than you would think. The most common problem would be acne on the back.
Back acne is similar to facial acne, in both it’s symptoms and treatments. Poor hygiene doesn’t cause acne or blemishes, but practicing good hygiene can help prevent it – especially back acne.
Acne forms when oil mixes with dead skin cells and clogs pores, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Cleansing your skin daily and exfoliating weekly can help prevent pores from becoming blocked. You can’t stop your skin from producing oil and clogging the pores, but you can help prevent it by cleansing properly.
Showering daily can help keep the skin clean and free from harmful bacteria. Using a soft sponge and mild body wash, such as the Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash – available at Beauty Haven – which delivers all over cleansing without over-drying, is ideal. While cleansing is important, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Showering too frequently, scrubbing the skin too hard, bathing in too hot water and using harsh anti-bacterial soaps can actually cause the skin to become worse. Make sure to cleanse no more than twice dauly in warm water with a gentle cleanser.
Here at Beauty Haven, we offer the Purifying Back Cleanse, a brilliant treatment to really kick-start your way to healthy skin on the back, as well as maintaining a healthy skin as well. It involves a deep double cleanse, exfoliation, extraction if necessary and a mask to finish.
Hygiene may be an important factor, but it’s not the only one. Stress and diet can also affect back acne. So far, scientists haven’t proven that specific foods cause acne. That being said, it’s always a good idea to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
As with food, every day stress does not cause or have a big impact on acne. However, chronic stress can make it worse. In fact, stress is one of the chief contributers to adult acne.
Stress can worsen acne because it affects your body’s hormone production. When stressed, your adrenal glands produce more cortisol. This change in hormone levels causes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, and this excess sebum in your skin makes it easier for your pores to become clogged.
In addition to affecting hormones, stress also affects the immune system. Stress can decrease the healing capacity of your immuse system by up to 40%, making it harder for your body to heal existing blemishes.
Although (unfortunately) you can’t live a completely stress free life, there are ways to reduce yout stress levels. At home, daily exercise and sleep help to relieve any stress. Here at Beauty Haven, a back massage is ideal. However, if the acne on the back was pustular or sore to the touch, we would reccommend an Indian Head Massage as this too is a brilliant option for reducing stress.
For any more information on any of the products or treatments mentioned above, please call Beauty Haven.