Using products like body lotion, massage oil or sunscreen that clog the pores may also lead to acne and skin breakouts. Other risk factors include friction from tight-fitting clothes, an unhealthy diet, stress, hormonal changes in the body and improper skin care, to name a few.
Though painful and difficult to take care of, you can effectively treat back acne with many simple home remedies.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural treatments for all types of acne, including that on your back.
It inhibits inflammation and bacterial growth responsible for skin breakouts, due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Plus, it helps balance the pH level of the skin, which is important to keep your skin free of any kind of problem.
Dilute 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Apply this solution on the affected areas of your back. Wait 10 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Finish by applying a light, water-based moisturizer. Repeat this remedy 2 or 3 times a day until the acne is healed completely.
Also, consuming apple cider vinegar daily can help keep your skin healthy from within. Add 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little raw honey to a glass of warm water and drink it twice daily.
Tea Tree Oil
Another excellent home remedy for back acne is tea tree oil.
This essential oil is loaded with natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acne. When used topically, the oil easily penetrates into the skin and helps dry out the acne quickly. It also reduces redness and inflammation.
A 2007 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology found that topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
Put 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton ball and dab it gently on the affected areas of your back. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use it once daily.
Alternatively, thoroughly mix 4 or 5 drops of tea tree oil in 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply it on the affected areas. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse it off with water. Repeat once daily.
Note: Those who have sensitive skin should not apply undiluted tea tree essential oil. Dilute 1 part tea tree oil with 3 parts water before use.