Manifesting a beach body comes down to more than just physique. Another component of “looking good shirtless” is healthy skin, and having back acne can diminish any confidence you get from your six-pack abs. Good news: If you take the right measures, you can keep your back blemish-free and prevent “bacne” from ruining your time in the sun. Here’s a primer.
Practice Good Hygiene
Start by switching your shower routine. You’ll want to foam up every day with a body wash that contains salicylic acid, and exfoliate once or twice a week with a mild cleansing gel. Don’t irritate your skin with burning hot water, harsh soaps, or tough scrubs—the key here is gentle, consistent treatment.
Clark's Botanicals Skin Clearing Face and Body Wash
(MALIN + GOETZ) peppermint body scrub
Get Smart About Grooming
All your products should be noncomedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. This extends from your styling wax and shave gel to your sunscreen and moisturizer. Toss out anything that contains lanolin, petroleum, and silicone derivatives.
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Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream
Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
Brickell Men's Products Daily Essential Face Moisturizer
Wash Your Fabrics
Limit the acne-causing bacteria around you by wearing clean, loose cotton shirts and washing your sheets regularly. (Guys, “regularly” is once or twice a month, not once or twice a year.) And take a fresh look at your laundry: Scented detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets all irritate your skin.
De-Stress and Stay Healthy
One of the main causes of adult acne is stress. Make sure to take care of yourself: Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and hit the gym. You can keep clean while getting fit by wiping down weight and cardio machines before working out and jumping in the shower immediately afterwards; don’t let the sweat dry into your pores.
Get a Prescription
You can eliminate minor blemishes with an overnight spot treatment. However, if you have painful cystic acne, a dermatologist is your best bet. Prescription medications use powerful doses of erythromycin, tetracycline, or isotretinoin to halt bacteria and control oil.
First, try this:
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