What is Back Acne?Back acne is not like the acne we experience on our facial skin. Dr. Bailey finds pityrosporum folliculitis, a yeast, as the root cause for most of her back acne and other body acne patients. The treatment for yeast acne germs differs greatly from the traditional bacteria acne germs. Instead of anti-bacterial cleansers, anti-fungal and other skin care practices are needed to get rid of this pesky skin issue. Dr. Bailey has provided the core skin care products and practices to treat back acne in following section.
The 5 Step Back Acne Treatment Plan
1. Cleanse with medicated products designed to treat back acne
Use medicated products that kill yeast and unclog pores. Dr. Bailey's Back and Body Acne Kit incorporates these key elements: Foaming Zinc Cleanser to kill yeast (2% pyrithinone zinc) and Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser (10% benzoyl peroxide) to unclog pores. This kit also includes a salux wash cloth that provides physical exfoliation for deeper cleansing.
2. Keep your back and body free of sweat and oil
Besides cleansing with medicated soaps at least once a day, also shower immediately after sweaty activities. Pityrosporom folliculitis thrives off sweat and oil. If it is not possible to shower after a workout, wipe the sweat off your skin with rubbing alcohol and change into a clean shirt as soon as possible.
3. Try special skin care back treatments
Visiting your local dermatologist or aesthetician for a once a month back facials or light skin peel will help purge your back acne skin of oils and germs. Only necessary till your skin clears up.
4. Diet changes
A diet high in sugar and oil feed yeast germs; sugar and oils are yeasts' favorite foods. A low carb and low fat diet will provide little nourishment for yeast and slow their growth. Dr. Bailey's Alkaline Mediterranean diet is perfect for back acne sufferers.
5. Last resort: cautiously expose your back acne to sun
Dr. Bailey only uses this step for patients who have severe chest and back acne and have tried all the other steps above with little to no changes. 5 minutes of midday sun will suppress your immune system that is fighting the yeast germs and causing your acne to develop. This can help acne heal relatively fast, but you are exposing you skin to the harmful effects of sun. Sun can lead to permanent skin damage such as freckles, wrinkles, and and skin cancers. This is a very controversial approach and Dr. Bailey stresses to use this as a last resort method.
These five steps comprise the tool kit to stop back acne in its tracks. As you can see, treating back acne requires several different approaches: skin care, diet, hygiene, etc. If you would a more detailed explanation or back acne treatments, read Dr. Bailey's 5 Step Plan of Attack for Back Acne, original post. If you have found these back acne tips helpful, please show your thanks by commenting on, sharing, “liking,” Google+, tweeting, and “pinning,” using the social sharing buttons above and below this blog post with friends and family. Sincerely, Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team Photo attribution: Thanks and gratitude to © Doable/amanaimages/Corbis
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