How to Prevent Back Acne
Tip: Change Your Linens Often
You should be changing your sheets at least once a week to avoid snuggling up in oil and dirt. Since movement in your sleep puts pressure on your skin that leads to friction, you want your linens to be clean and bacteria-free. We recommend making your own DIY linen spray with germ-fighting essential oils, vodka, and vinegar and spraying it on your sheets between washes.
Tip: Exfoliate Weekly
Exfoliating — whether chemical or physical — is an effective way to relieve bacne, but it's also a preventative measure as well because it sloughs off dead cells and makes room for healthy, strong skin. This should be a biweekly practice because exfoliating too often can irritate the skin.
Since back skin isn't usually as sensitive as what's on your face, many people can treat themselves to a hearty body scrub to slough off dead skin and debris.
Protect Your Back From Your Hair
Many of us produce more oil when it's warm because the heat increases oil production in our sebum glands. If you also feed your dry hair heavy treatments, any excess oil in that product can lead to bacne when it touches your skin because of bacteria buildup clogging your pores. Stay away from common comedogenic ingredients in your hair-care products like coconut oil, avocado oil, marula oil, moringa oil, among others.
You may also want to keep your hair tilted while you wash and especially condition it. This keeps any potential pore-clogging ingredients off your body, which protects your back. After you shower, style with a towel to avoid any drippage from damp ends. One secret is using the same moisturizing agent on your hair that you do on your face — coconut oil will hydrate both.
Tip 3: Wear Loose Clothing
Tight clothes and backpacks cause friction that leads to pimples. Naturally, if you're sweating up a storm, that's only going to contribute to the horror that is bacne. Do yourself a favor and opt for looser shirts and dresses on those particularly hot days. If you must put on that body-con dress, stick to natural, breathable materials like cotton or silk.