Generally speaking, acne can become a pesky and painful problem not only for your face, but also for other parts of your body, like your chest or back. Countless men and women end up developing back acne for a wide range of reasons, from hormones and heredity to wearing tight clothing, especially if you participate in sports. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about and it certainly can be treated using home remedies you can fix up yourself. Before you resort to cystic laser treatment or expensive over the counter products, you really should check out our list of 12 home remedies for back acne treatment. You will definitely be saving a lot of money while treating your body in a natural, healthy way. No matter how severe your back acne or scars are, we are certain that at least a few of these homemade remedies will help you in treating them with no drastic measures involved.
If you are keen on home remedies in general, you will already know that garlic is a fantastic ingredient. The situation is the same for back acne treatment; garlic can be one of the best scar-crushing solutions, owing to its antifungal and antibiotic properties. Although the process might take a while, as garlic helps reduce the scars left by back acne slowly, it really is efficient in the long run. To nail this remedy, you are going to need a few cloves of garlic. After cutting them up into slices and then crushing them, directly apply to the scars on your back. Let it sit for a little and then wash it off. This particular remedy works by lightening the scars until complete disappearance after some time.
Oh, honey… besides being a super sweet super food, honey is also a critical ingredient for various home remedies, such as back acne treatment. The antibacterial and antioxidant properties that honey comes packed with are perfect for reducing the scars left by back acne and cleaning up all those dead skin cells. Even more so, after treating your skin with honey you will notice a brighter and more glowing complexion. For back acne, get some raw honey and place it in a bowl. Like in the case of garlic, apply it directly to the scars and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, you wash it off with water at a normal temperature. If you want great results, try to repeat this remedy regularly.
3. Mint Leaves
Little do people know that peppermint can be wonderful for back acne treatment. The menthol in peppermint leaves acts as a natural analgesic with amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to these natural goodies, peppermint leaves both soothe the skin and reduce the swelling caused by back acne. All you need to do is crush a handful of peppermint leaves with a mortar and pestle until you obtain a smooth-like paste. Take the paste and apply it to the areas of your back with acne and let it set for around 15 minutes. Conclude by washing off your back with water and repeating at least twice a day for great results.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar should really become your best friend if you’re keen on home remedies. If you’re looking for an efficient back acne treatment, this particular substance just might do the trick. The reason why apple cider vinegar works wonders in general is that it can balance your pH levels, while treating the cause with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You can actually make your very own toner to regularly spray on your back. You are going to need 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts distilled water and a spray bottle. Add the distilled water to the apple cider vinegar and pour it into the spray bottle. Use this solution to spray on your back before getting into bed every night. Alternatively, you can use it any time in the day, as long as you let the solution set for at least 20 minutes before you wash the area clean.
One of our favorite super foods is in fact also one of our favorite options for back acne treatment. You would be surprised to know that tomatoes can actually bleach your skin, meaning that your scars will be visibly lightened on your back. Particularly the pulp of tomatoes are needed for this home remedy; all you need to do is to cut a tomato into 2 pieces and gently rub the inside part directly on your scars. Allow the pulp to sit on your back for approximately 15 minutes and then wash the area with cold water. Of course, repeating the process often will help you obtain better results.
Oatmeal is already a well-known remedy for getting rid of acne in general, so it’s natural that it could act as an exceptional back acne treatment. It not only exfoliates your skin in a healthy way, but also helps you eliminate the scars that result from back acne. There are two main ways in which you can prepare an oatmeal-based home remedy for “bacne”: oatmeal & honey mask and oatmeal bath. All you need is 1 cup of oatmeal, about that much honey and 2 cups of boiling water. After mixing all of the ingredients together, you let the mixture cool down before applying it to your affected areas on your back. Wait for around 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water and repeat at least one time a week. For a great oatmeal bath, you are going to need 3 tablespoons of plain oatmeal and a clean sock. You need to grind the oatmeal finely before placing it into the sock and tying it. Fill up your bath tub with warm water and place the sock with the ground oatmeal into the tub and squeeze it for the solution to mix with the water. Sit in your bath tub for roughly half an hour and repeat the process every day for your back to heal.
7. Sea Salt
Make sure that you use solely sea salt for this remedy, as read salt can do the exact opposite of treating back acne. Many individuals undergoing back acne have confirmed sea salt as a positive solution for getting rid of it, so you might want to check it out. Like oatmeal, this is another home remedy that you can apply to your bath and soak in. All you need is between 2 to 3 cups of sea salt to add to your bath and enjoy relaxing in your tub for about half an hour. Depending on the state of your back acne, repeat this home remedy one or two times every day to get better. In most cases, your back acne should be healing in about one week.
When it comes to using sea salt, you can substitute it for Epsom salt as well. Epsom salt works just as effective in helping to clear out your skin from dead skin cells that can lead to bacterial buildup that results in acne.
8. Turmeric Powder
Turmeric powder really offers the necessary exfoliation for back acne treatment. You can either mix turmeric powder (around two tablespoons) with some cream or with mint juice. In the cases of both remedies, you need to let the substance sit on your acne-affected back for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. If you repeat the process regularly you will enjoy great results and ever-more fading back acne scars.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is without a doubt one of the best home remedies you could ever imagine. It is used for numerous treatments, owing to its astringent properties. In the case of back acne, it helps reduce the scarring caused by the condition if applied two times a day to the particular areas. All you need to do is cut a leaf of aloe vera and take the gel from it to apply on your scars. Leave the gel on your back for a couple of minutes before washing it off. It’s that simple!
No wonder ladies use cucumbers for face masks; they really are fabulous for your skin! Just like apple cider vinegar, cucumbers have the power to balance your pH levels and regain healthy skin. For back acne treatment (especially for treating scars), get 1-2 cucumbers and either juice them or blend them. The resulted liquid should be used as a body wash either one or two times every day, particularly insisting on your acne-affected areas.
11. Lemon juice
The citric acid in lemon juice can also help bleach your back acne scars away. Moreover, its high levels of vitamin C will help your skin regenerate brand new cells. To get this home remedy right, you will need to wash your back with warm water and pat it dry with a towel for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, you can squeeze a fresh lemon in order to obtain juice and use a piece of cotton to apply it to the affected areas. Let the lemon juice sink in for roughly ten minutes and then rinse off as usual.
12. Olive Oil
Our final recommendation for back acne treatment is yet another popular home remedy, olive oil. It acts as an excellent moisturizer that naturally offers your skin the necessary hydration it needs to heal back acne scars. This homemade solution is really easy to implement; you just need to rub some olive oil (around the size of a quarter) on your back carefully until your skin absorbs all of it. It usually takes a couple of minutes, so be patient until all of the oil is absorbed. Afterwards, use a cleanser (oil free) on the area and gently remove any remaining oil with a paper towel.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Our last tips for dealing with back acne comes in the form of altering your daily routine. Simple things like daily cleansing and exfoliating of your skin can make a huge difference in whether or not you will have to deal with back acne.
When it comes to cleansing your skin, all this is just to say that you want to make sure that you are carefully cleaning it every day. If you lead a particularly active life and are physically on the move consistently, then you want to make sure to clean your skin on a daily basis.
When you don't, you will have to deal with the buildup of dead skin cells that put you one step closer to having back acne issues. Cleansing your skin alone isn't enough either. Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis is a must as well.
When it comes to skin exfoliation you simply need to invest in a good dry brush. A dry brush will allow you to scrub off any excess dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. As your body sheds skin, dry dead skin cells accumulate and cause unwanted build up of bacteria that will then lead to acne. The best way to avoid this is by exfoliating on a regular basis.
With cleaning and exfoliating your skin, you want to make sure that you do it at least twice a week. The best time to clean and exfoliate your skin is during your shower or bath time. The warmth from the bath will help to soften the skin so you can remove dead skin a lot easily.
Final Thoughts on Home Remedies for Back Acne
If you have to deal with back acne, then you know the pain and frustration that it can cause. Not only is back acne unsightly, but it can hinder your overall sense of confidence. This is especially true during the summertime when it is swimsuit season.
The good news is there is plenty that you can do to help fight off annoying back acne. We hope that our list of home remedies will come in handy for you the next time you find yourself suffering from a little more back acne then you can handle.
Alice grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in California, though she likes to visit home frequently. She graduated from a marketing specialist degree and worked at the core of outreach teams for more than 5 years.