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Four Easy Ways To Combat Back Acne

by Pakhi Rajesh Kumar Dixit

Acne! This word alone is terrifying enough and when it shows itself in places hard to trace, it adds on to the already existing skin anxiety. It usually occurs when your pores are clogged with oil or dead skin cells. In some cases, acne is caused due to underlying hormonal issues.

Each pore is connected to a sebaceous gland, which produces an oily substance called sebum. Extra sebum blocks pores, that causes the growth of P. acnes bacteria. Your white blood cells attack P. acnes, leading to skin inflammation and acne. 
Several OTC treatments such as salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide are effective against acne, but they can have side effects too, such as redness, and irritation. So, to avoid you the trouble, here are four easy ways to combat back acne effectively and safely:

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is added to lotions, creams, and medical ointments. It is commonly used to treat abrasions, rashes, burns, and basically every skin ailment. It heals wounds, treats burns, and fights inflammation. Aloe vera naturally contains appropriate amounts of salicylic acid and sulphur, which are both used extensively in products to treat acne. Aloe vera gel, when used in a combination with tea tree oil, reaps double benefits.

How to use:

  • Scrape out the gel from the aloe plant

  • Clean yourself with a mild body wash or soap. You can even use honey if time allows

  • Apply this fresh gel directly to clean skin as a moisturizer.

  • Repeat 1–2 times per day, or as desired

You can also buy aloe vera gel from the store, but make sure that it is free from any added ingredients.

Green Tea
Green tea is very high in antioxidants and drinking it helps with good health. What it also does is reduce acne. This is because the polyphenols fight bacteria and do not let the dead cells accumulate. Drinking green tea also helps in lowering blood sugar levels and regulates insulin, which are add on factors to the development of acne. 
The main antioxidant in green tea — epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) — which reduces sebum production and inhibits the growth of P. – bacteria responsible in giving you an acne-prone skin. You can also buy creams with green tea as one of its ingredients, but it is better to make your unadulterated mixture at home.

How to use:

  • Steep green tea in boiling water for 3 – 4 minutes. Use tea bags instead of leaves

  • Let the tea cool down to skin bearable measures 

  • Using a cotton ball, apply the tea to the affected areas or better store it into a spray bottle to make a daily skin spritz. Make sure you store the leftover tea in a cool place 

  • Allow it to dry for 5 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water and pat your skin dry.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. It is well known for its ability to fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and soothe skin. It is also used to reduce acne and tone down the after-effects. A tea tree oil ointment for acne can also serve as a replacement to your normal day to day moisturizer if you suffer from regular acne. Given that tea tree oil is very strong, always dilute it before applying it on your skin.

How to use:

  • Mix 1 tsp tree oil with 9 tsp water

  • Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to the affected areas. Do not rub or massage, just dab with light hands.

  • Do not wash as tea tree oil works as a moisturizer itself and is absorbed easily

  • Include this in your after-shower skincare routine

Honey and Cinnamon
Honey and cinnamon can fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two factors that trigger acne. A combination of honey and cinnamon exert antibacterial effects against P. acnes. Honey on its own effectively blocks the growth of P. acnes.

How to use:

  •  Mix 2 tsp honey and 1 tsp cinnamon to make a consistent paste

  • Clean your skin with a mild body wash or soap and then apply this paste to affected areas. Leave it untouched for 10 –15 minutes. 

  • You might experience mild itching but refrain from touching your skin. This proves that the mask is working for you. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.


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