Acne sufferers will all have wished at some point that pimples, blackheads and whiteheads reared their ugly heads anywhere BUT the face. However, acne on the body ain't no picnic either - especially during the summer months when all we'd like to do is bare our backs in slinky slip dresses and backless tops. See below for tips and tricks to minimise and clear the appearance of bacne...
Cleanse: Staying away from heavily perfumed body washes can help lessen the impact of bacne. Use a PH balancing body wash/cleanser such as sensitive skin expert Clinique's Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body daily to clear clogged pores and clean your skin of any impurities.
One of the biggest mistakes acne sufferers often make is to wash or scrub affected areas vigorously in the hopes a thorough clean will eliminate the problem. Keep in mind that gentle lather and rise is all that's needed - your back isn't more dirty than anywhere else on your body; you'll simply end up irritating the affected area even more and this could result in inflammation or acne scarring.
Scrub: Investing in a good body scrub is imperative for bacne sufferers. While cleansing is something that should be done every day (think of all the grime and sweat that builds up during the summer months), even a gentle and targeted treatment scrub should be used 2 - 3 times a week unless it states it's suitable for daily use. Try Clinique's Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator or black|up Ultra-Exfoliating Cream with Micro-Crystals.
Treat: Once you're squeaky clean, it's worth applying a spot treatment to the affected area. Murad's Clarifying Body Spray is easy to apply to the back and specifically targets body blemishes!
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