Natural Ways to Get Rid of Acne
1Exfoliate by using an abrasive sponge or a loofah. However, don't scrub too hard, or you'll increase irritation.
2Go to the beach. Have your back submerged within the salt water of the beach for about 10 minutes. Sit in the sun for 10-15 minutes. The sun will dry out the pimples. Do not do this for longer though because if you get burnt, it will make your acne a lot worse. Repeat this process a few times more and you will notice results within the first two days.
3Wear loose clothes. Ensure any material touching your back is clean and, if possible, made of cotton. Cotton removes sweat from your skin.
4Wear a clean bra. If you wear a bra it is extremely important it should be clean. Try to wear a fresh one each day. Your straps should be tight enough so as they do not rub against the acne when you move, which irritates it. If possible, wear a strapless bra as this reduces redness on your shoulder blades amazingly quickly.
5Change your laundry detergent. If you have sensitive skin, the laundry detergent you use may irritate your skin. Try switching to a brand that will be easier on your skin.
6Make a natural exfoliating scrub. This will help remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause breakouts. Squeeze one grapefruit into a bowl with 1 1/2 cups of white sugar and 1/2 cup of coarse sea salt. Massage into the affected areas, then pat dry.
1Moisturize with an oil-free, medicated lotion. Neutrogena Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer is one example. Use this on a daily basis.
Alternatively, use a non-medicated lotion, but be sure that it is guaranteed to be non-comedogenic. This is necessary because salicylic acid dries out your skin.
2Spot treat with acne medication cream. Since you are already using salicylic acid to wash and moisturize, use a different medicine for spot treatment, such as 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Do not use 5% or 10% benzoyl peroxide if you have extremely sensitive skin because this will increase irritation. If you're sensitive to benzoyl peroxide, a 10% sulfur solution may work for you instead.
3Apply retinol cream. Put a retinol cream on your back at night. This exfoliates your skin and prevents breakouts in tough places.
4See a dermatologist. It's entirely possible that this is a condition which requires prescription acne pills or topical creams.
5Wash your whole body with an oil-free, medicated body wash. You want one with an active ingredient of 2% salicylic acid. Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash is a particular good product with this. Concentrate on the areas with pimples and wait a minute or so before rinsing to get rid of all the oil. Let the medicine sink in and do its work.
Thoroughly clean a loofah after use because they can easily harbor germs and bacteria.
Head & Shoulders with zinc, used daily, can help clear acne.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Hydrating properly will ensure that your body will not need to release as much oil and bacteria in the form of bacne.
There are generic versions of Neutrogena Body Wash for acne available. Just look for this active ingredient: 2% salicylic acid.
Medicating your skin with lemons (slice & rub onto skin) or tomatoes will greatly help, because the acid in them will help to kill harmful bacteria. This is especially good if you have sensitive skin and the chemical treatments will do more harm than good.
Tea Tree oil is an all natural topical treatment that can be applied instead of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Soap can help clear acne. Also, it generally doesn't dry out the skin as some medicated soaps tend to do.
If you are sensitive to salicylic acid or find Neutrogena and/or Proactiv ineffective for your back acne (bacne), try Powderma medicated powder. This usually works well and won't over-dry your skin.