Face acne is difficult enough to contend with, but when you feel your back is itchy with little bumps from acne under your clothes, you just want to throw in the towel and never let anyone see you with your cloths off again! Relax, an old and natural remedy will offer great relief.
Perhaps if the most common cause of back acne were intercepted by a simple change in habits, 80% of those suffering with back acne would be cured.
After shampooing our hair and then applying conditioner, most of us rinse the conditioner off, but never stop to think about the oil based ingredients in our hair conditioner, running down our back and staying there. By soaping a washcloth or back brush with antibacterial body soap and washing our back after we rinse our hair, most back acne would stop. Keeping a plastic clip in the shower to pin up our hair after rinsing, will keep the residue of conditioner from trailing down our back.
But for those difficult back acne problems, a simple yet natural solution exists also. All that is needed is:
- A long handle back brush or scrubber
- A few sprigs of Lavender, leaf and flower
- 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon of antibacterial body soap
In a cup, place the sprigs of lavender and gently mash the flower and leaves with the back of a spoon until it is mashed into small pieces. Add the salt and soap. Wet your back first, then with the lavender mixture on your back scrubber, work the mixture into a lather, scrubbing firmly yet gently. Leave the solution on your back for about 5 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.
Sea salt is high in magnesium chloride of which is known for it’s ability to decrease inflammation and speed healing as it increases skin cell hydration. Salt will also act as a slight abrasive to slough off the surface dead skin, leaving the pores open to be exfoliated and treated with healing agents.
The natural essence of the lavender leaf and flower has antiseptic properties that will kill and inhibit the growth of microorganisms. The lavender plant also produces an agent that is a cicatrizant, which promotes healing in the connective tissues.
When it is possible to expose the back to sun for a few minutes each day, the sun will greatly help in healing back acne scars, but the pores in the back must first be emptied of the impurities that are causing bacteria to grow inside the pore: causing infection and inflammation. Be certain to expose your back to the sun for only short periods of time and do not use sun block. For extended sun exposure be certain you are using an oil free sun block.
The two simple procedures above are sure to help with most back acne problems. Lavender and salt have been widely used since ancient times for many medicinal procedures and continue to provide naturally healing benefits today.