Are you haunted by the embarrassment of cystic back acne? Girl, same.
And it just WON’T go away. Why?!
Cystic bacne has the same causes as other breakouts: excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. But it occurs deep in your skin, creating closed cysts that don't reach the surface.
The cysts are painful, red, and can linger for weeks. Talk about a confidence killer!
But you can fight back. Here’s how!
It’s most important to keep your back clean! But not every cleanser will do.
Avoid abrasive scrubs, which irritate acne and damage the upper layers of your skin. Also avoid harsh, chemical cleansers, which strip away moisture and worsen breakouts.
Instead, exfoliate gently and nourish your skin with our Rejuvenating Essence Body Polish. It smooths away dead cells and deposits nutrients to fight acne-causing bacteria.
And it won’t chafe or dry out your sensitive complexion! Just natural ingredients to naturally heal your skin!
Avoid Too Much Sun
Sunlight for acne? Not recommended.
UV rays damage your skin, acne included. UV exposure can darken your imperfections, prolong breakouts, and even increase scarring!
Sunlight also dries you out. Your body tries to remoisturize by releasing extra skin oil, which can clog pores and create a brand-new batch of blemishes. Boooo!
Check Your Hair Products
Where does shampoo and conditioner go when you rinse? Straight down your back.
And the oily residue can stop up pores on your back and shoulders, contributing to breakouts — including the deep cysts you’re trying to get rid of.
Your shampoo may also hide skin-irritating fragrances and chemicals.
Pro tip: Wash and rinse your hair BEFORE you wash your body, so you can cleanse away any lingering hair products.
Don’t Pick Your Blemishes
Don’t pop your pimples. You know this!
Picking at blemishes only spreads bacteria and promotes scarring.
Messing with cystic breakouts is even worse, because they’re deep and nearly impossible to drain at home. Instead, you may burst the cyst beneath your skin, spreading gross pus and infection.
No thank you!
Acne-Proof Your Workout
- Wear loose sportswear: Form-fitting tops can chafe and suffocate your skin, while trapped moisture encourages bacteria growth.
- Shower after exercise: Time to rinse off all that sweat! Remember: the goal is to keep your back fresh, but not over-cleansed.
- Wash clothes after every use: Don’t re-wear your workout clothes! Toss them straight into the washer. Your back will thank you.
Let Your Skin Breathe
Avoid anything that will smother or chafe your back, such as backpacks or restrictive shapewear. Constant pressure and lack of airflow aren’t good for sensitive skin.
Choose loose, breathable clothes and bags that won’t constantly rub against your back!
Wash Bedding Regularly
Everyone talks about washing pillowcases, which quickly collect oil, skin cells, bacteria, and makeup. But it’s also important to wash your sheets. They collect the same nasty build-up!
Rolling around in dirty sheets can re-expose your skin to dirt and bacteria, causing or prolonging cystic bacne flare-ups.
Break the cycle! Wash your sheets!
Be Kind to Yourself
The most essential tip of all is to treat yourself kindly.
Sometimes you’ll slip up. Sometimes you’ll be frustrated.
That’s okay! No matter what, you are beautiful and worthy!