Its severity can vary from just a few spots to larger clusters of affected areas. As well as on the back, acne can appear on the face, neck, and chest. If acne is left untreated, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as it clears.
When levels of hormones in the blood rise, the glands produce an excess of oil. At the same time, built up dead skin cells clog up the follicles. build-up of oil and results in whiteheads and blackheads.
Tight-fitting exercise clothing that traps sweat next to skin on the back and blocks pores may contribute to outbreaks. People should consider wearing loose-fitting clothes, especially during a heavy gym session.
Showering after sweating, and using gentle cleansers applied with the fingertips can help to reduce the risk of acne breakouts on the back.
Other tips for reducing the risk of back acne breakouts are:
- washing after sweating
- using fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser
- avoiding products that irritate your skin
- not scrubbing the affected areas
- not popping, picking, or squeezing spots because this may lead to them spreading and scarring
- staying out of the sun and avoiding tanning beds because damaged skin is more prone to acne
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