Friday, June 20, 2014

The Cure for Bacne!

Tomorrow is the first official day of summer! You know what that means! Swimsuits and other backless attire for the ladies. And for the gents, well, not many wear swim-shirts these days... Any who, while we're all worried about our lack of tans (thanks, Ohio winter!) many of us are also worried about the dreaded bacne! But, with some help from our friends at SheKnows.com, we were able to find this great regimen that will help reduce bacne, if not completely eradicate it!

A Shower Regimen
Your bathroom is a 24/7 germ party. Change your loofah, shower sponge or face cloths often — these are their favorite places to party. Shower in warm water, not third-degree burn water. Use a body wash that specifically combats breakouts and thoroughly wash hard-to-reach places with a handled loofah or brush.

It's also important that you wash your back last, especially if your hair products are to blame. After washing your hair, pull your hair over your shoulder and go to town — this will ensure there's no leftover shampoo or conditioner clogging your pores. After you're out of the shower, pin your wet hair up with a clip (otherwise, you've essentially washed your back for nothing). Another uber-easy tip: Use one towel for your hair, and a separate one for your body.

A Clothing Regimen
Wear breathable, light fabrics like cotton and linen. I also recommend using a facial sunscreen on your body instead of your regular sunscreen, since they tend not to have the same level of breakout protection (if any at all). After spending a ton of time in the sun or working out, shower immediately and change — walking around in your sweat for any longer than you have to will lead to (surprise!) more back acne.


A Bedtime Regimen
Wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly, and try switching to a laundry detergent that's all-natural and fragrance-free. Wear comfy pajamas that don't irritate your skin or cause you to sweat (burning up in bed is the worst, and trust me, your back agrees). Before putting on your PJs, treat your problem areas with an acne formula that contains benzoyl peroxide. It will help heal your current breakouts while preventing future ones.

The key is consistency: You won't see results overnight, but once you stick to it (you know, for longer than a day), you'll find yourself backsercising your tuckus off to get ready for backless everything this summer.