What is back acne?
Sometimes, large tender cysts can develop on the back. These may either burst or heal up without rupturing. Skin affected by acne may be tender to the touch, feel hot, or be painful. The severity of back acne can vary. Grade 1, or mild acne, usually consist of a few blemishes and may include whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Grade 4 acne is severe and is characterized by many spots or cysts.
When levels of hormones in the blood rise, the glands produce an excess of oil. At the same time, dead skin cells that are not shed properly clog up the follicles. The combination of these processes leads to a build-up of oil and results in whiteheads and blackheads.
Everyone has the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes living on their skin, and for many, it does not cause any problems. But the buildup of oil on the skin experienced by people prone to acne creates the perfect environment for the bacteria to multiply. This can lead to inflammation and the formation of pus-filled or red spots.
According to the British Association of Dermatologists, there is little evidence that any particular foods, such as chocolate or fast foods, can cause acne.
The American Academy of Dermatologists, however, points to studies showing that certain carbohydrates, including white bread and potato chips, increase blood sugar levels, which is a potential trigger for acne.
Tight-fitting exercise clothing that traps sweat next to skin on the back and blocks pores may contribute to outbreaks. People should consider wearing loose-fitting clothes, especially during a heavy gym session. Showering after sweating, and using gentle cleansers applied with the fingertips can help to reduce the risk of acne breakouts on the back.
Other tips for reducing the risk of back acne breakouts are:
washing after sweating using fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser avoiding products that irritate your skin not scrubbing the affected areas not popping, picking, or squeezing spots because this may lead to them spreading and scarring staying out of the sun and avoiding tanning beds because damaged skin is more prone to acne.
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