Discover how acne treatment on your back can help with active acne and acne scars.
In this blog, we will look at how acne treatment on your back can help to improve the symptoms of active acne, together with treating acne scarring.
I’ve also included some advice on how to clear acne and get clearer skin through your lifestyle and nutrition. You’ll find a ‘Cheat Sheet’ pdf document for you to download and refer to, to give you quick access to helpful information.
Acne is complex and there are a number of factors that can affect the quality of your skin. The most common triggers for acne are hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, and believe it or not – stress! I am a firm believer that this is one of the biggest reasons why we are seeing an increase in adult acne.
Some common acne triggers
One of the most damaging things for your skin is stress! Your stress hormone, cortisol can wreak absolute havoc if it’s out of balance. Cortisol is your ‘fight/flight/freeze’ response when you’re in danger. That’s right – danger! Expect in modern society, we have a malfunctioning ‘danger’ trigger and many of us live in a permanent state of low-level stress – with micro stresses occurring throughout each and every day. We’ll talk more about this later.
Food intolerances are also a considerable contributor to acne symptoms. Sugar and dairy are well known triggers for outbreaks, but it doesn’t stop there! All food intolerances will eventually show on your skin, from acne to dermatitis and everything in between. You might notice you have sensitive skin, a rash or changes to your skin in some other way, as your skin is the largest organ in your body, it will react to food intolerances in most cases, as they cause imbalances and inflammation.
The good news is that there are a number of things that you can do to help identify and minimise your outbreaks and some amazing treatments to help with your symptoms. There are also some very effective treatments for acne scarring, which you can read about HERE.
My approach is to treat you ‘Outside In and Inside Out’. This means that we look at the internal and external factors that are contributing to your skin, as well as managing your outbreaks with treatments and products. This is why I bring in my experience as a Nutritional Therapist to my skin treatment programs.
Acne Treatment on your back - Active Acne
If you are experiencing acne on your back, then these treatments can help to improve your symptoms:
- IPL (intense pulsed light) – this treatment helps to reduce the inflammation, kill the bacterial responsible for causing acne and stimulate collagen production for would healing.
- Chemical Skin Peels can also be a great way to reduce inflammation and remove dead skin cells, which can become a magnet/trap for dirt and bacteria. These are more suitable for minor breakouts and skin that is inflamed.
- LED Light Therapy is a non invasive treatment that targets the skin at a cellular level. This treatment can help to reduce the bacteria that causes acne and stimulate fresh collagen production in the skin. This treatment can be combined with all chemical skin peels. I use a canopy for this treatment, which means that areas such as the back can be treated, in most cases.
Improving Acne with Diet and Nutrition
I can’t talk to you about acne treatments, without touching on the diet and nutrition side of things. In my Cheat Sheet, you’ll find advice on foods you can eat to boost your skin quality and help with the healing process, after a breakout. There’s some really simple changes you can make to your diet that will help you.
I’d also recommend taking a pre and probiotic supplement. 70% of your immune system is in your tummy, so carefully balancing the bacteria in your gut will boost your immune system, as well as improve your skin.
Food intolerances are very often a factor when it comes to breakouts. Too much sugar messes up your insulin levels, so try to limit foods that are high in sugar and swap your starchy carbohydrates for brown versions. I know this is stuff you’ll have mostly likely heard elsewhere, so I won’t get all preachy! Think 80/20 balance when it comes to healthier choices, and you won’t go too far wrong.
Acne Treatments on Back - lets talk supplements!
You’ll get the best from your treatment results, if you look after your skin from the inside out too. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, your skin is the largest organ in your body and you need to look after it from the outside in and inside out.
There are three ‘hero’ products that recommend if you have acne, or any other inflammatory skin condition for that matter! Rejuvenated supplements are high grade, natural supplements that look after your skin from the inside out. I love this fabulous British Brand, as I know that the Founder and her team are dedicated to bringing you the best possible ingredients that really do work. I’ve taken Rejuvenated supplements for a number of years and this exact combination for the last 12 months +. I have seen incredible results with my hormonal skin that is also super sensitive, not forgetting my melasma. So I can stand by these products as a consumer, as well as a stockist.
- Skin Perfecting Complex: An anti-inflammatory supplement that boosts your natural collagen production which reducing inflammation in your skin. It also helps with general inflammation and I have clients that use it to manage arthritic and joint pain too.
- Collagen Shots : Your natural collagen levels start to decline in your 20’s, so supplementing is a great way to keep your natural levels high. Collagen is responsible for that lovely plump and youthful look to our skin, but is also essential in healthy wound healing too, making it a go-to product for treating acne.
- Immune Complex : 70% of your immune system is is your stomach, so this is an excellent choice for overall health. Balancing the bacteria in your gut is also key when reducing inflammation in your skin too.
Acne Treatment on Back - lets talk products!
Less is more when it comes to the products you are using to mange your symptoms. That said, if you are under medical care for your symptoms, you should follow the guidance provided by your Doctor or Dermatologist.
The products that you are using on your skin on a day to day basis need to be simple, gentle and ideally something to reduce inflammation. Here are some tips for products:
- Ensure that you shower in the morning, evening and after sports or sweating heavily. Use a mild shower gel, such as Sanex Zero or a formula designed for back acne with salicylic acid in. Avoid harsh scrubs and heavily scented products, as these can aggravate your skin.
- Avoid over scrubbing and cleansing your skin. If you are constantly scrubbing or washing the area, you’re stripping your skin of it’s natural oils and compromising it’s natural barrier function. Keep the skin clean, but opt for products and a cleansing routine that is gentle.
- Wash with tepid water rather than hot water, as overly hot water can aggravate your skin and increase inflammation.
- Wearing cotton clothing against your skin can also help. Avoid fibres that make you sweat or irritate your skin.
- Seek the advice of a Skin Specialist, Dermatologist or your GP if you are concerned about your symptoms. Acne comes in different grades and grade 3 and 4 may require the specialist help of a Dermatologist.
Are acne treatment results permanent?
Acne is very complex and as we have discussed, it’s often influenced by other factors such as diet and hormones. The key to managing your acne is to work from the outside in and inside out. Not only will this help with your short term outbreaks, but it will also strengthen your skin in the long term.
The results that you achieve will depend on the cause of your breakouts. If the cause is hormonal or food-related, then it’s important to address these issues. In some cases, it is simply a case of managing symptoms, whilst patiently waiting for your body to come back into balance.
Are you ready to take the next steps?
I hope that you have found my blog helpful. Acne is indeed a complex condition! If you’d like to have a chat about how I can help you, then please get in touch. I offer a free consultation. We can then discuss the best course of action for you.
I look forward to helping you transform your skin! Nikki