It's not just about looking good in a crop top or backless dress; back acne (or bacne) can be quite painful, cause some serious itching and inflammation, and can bring with it pustules (infected pus-filled acne).
Unless it's an underlying health condition, back acne is usually brought on by excessive perspiration, dandruff, PCOS, seborrheic dermatitis—an inflammatory skin condition—shaving, waxing, friction between clothes and skin, and heat-y foods that could cause you to breakout. Sometimes it's just genetic; other times it may be a result of a new product, laser treatment, skincare routine, or seasonal change.
Whatever be the source, there are some very basic things you can do to treat bacne with homemade solutions that will dry out the area, reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. Here are some DIYs that are worth your time:
Oatmeal Mask: To about 1 cup cooked oatmeal, add 1tsp honey and the juice of half a lemon. Mix well and apply it on your back. Let it rest for 30 minutes, then wash the mask off with cold (or room temperature) water. For quicker results, do this at least twice a week.
Sea Salt Bath Soak: Fill your bathtub with warm water and add 2-3 cups of sea salt. Swish the salt around so it mixes well and then soak it up for 20 minutes. When you get out, gently massage the back with moisturizer. Sea salt dries the skin and gets rid of the bacteria. You can make this a daily ritual (or at least do it twice a week).
Tea Tree Oil Massage: The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil can be attributed to its active component, terpenes, which is effective in treating acne. In 1 cup water, add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on your back. Let it dry out completely and re-apply later in the day. Depending on the breakout, you can apply this solution up to three times a day on a regular basis.
With these at-home fixes, our guess is you'll be able to take that backless dress out for the night within the month.