5 Ways To Banish BacneFebruary 23, 2021
If you’ve had bacne, buttne or any other form of body acne, you’ll probably know how stubborn and difficult it can be to treat.
Most likely, you’ve seen the advice about changing out of your sweaty gym clothes, washing your sheets more regularly or buying an exfoliating body wash.
While these actions can help reduce existing blemishes, they don’t address the underlying issue. Pimples form when pores or hair follicles become clogged with oil, dirt or dead skin. Recurring body acne may be caused by hormones, skin infection or conditions that cause the skin to overproduce oil.
How do you treat body acne at the root cause? Most cases require a combination of medical grade skincare, professional treatments and sometimes dietary considerations.
Acne may not be caused by diet alone, but there are dietary factors that contribute to acne flareups.
Your skin’s health is strongly linked to your gut, so things like alcohol, sugar or simple carbs (such as white bread or pasta) can contribute to inflammation and acne flare-ups. On the other hand, foods that are good for the gut (such as leafy greens) can help reduce inflammation in the gut and therefore the skin.
Professional treatments for body acne
The doctors at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia developed the Acne Triple Combo as a holistic treatment for active acne on the face, chest, back or derriere.
The first step is a laser treatment which refines the pores and contracts the oil glands to prevent overproduction of oil (this also helps prevent scarring). Then we use LED light therapy to gently kill bacteria and help reduce inflammation in the skin. The final step is a facial peel to treat the breakouts on the surface of the skin. You may need a course of Acne triple combo treatments, and your provider will consult you about dietary and lifestyle adjustments to help the treatment along the way.
Salicylic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids
It’s true that an exfoliating body wash alone won’t cut it, but a body wash that does more than just exfoliate can help you manage breakouts better.
Look for a body wash with salicylic acid (also known as a BHA or beta-hydroxy acid) because it doesn’t just exfoliate; it also helps your skin regulate its natural production of oils.
Lactic acid, likewise, is an AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) that can help exfoliate the skin but also keep it moisturised, which is important for all skin types.
Vitamins A and B
Vitamin A serums containing Retinol or Retinaldehyde can help treat blemishes by promoting natural cell turnover, but they can also help your skin regulate its natural oil production as well. There’s a reason that doctors have prescribed topical Vitamin A for acne for over 50 years.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) can help soothe inflammation in the skin and repair your skin’s natural protective barrier.
Speak to a doctor
When body acne is strongly influenced by hormones or other internal causes, you can manage the level of breakouts with topical treatments, products and lifestyle habits, but you may not be able to make them go away entirely.
Sometimes it’s best to book a medical consultation to discuss causes, treatments, medical and lifestyle factors that contribute to body acne and what courses of action might benefit you most.
Do you want to clear up body acne?
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