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DEALING WITH BACNE

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Acne can form just about anywhere on the body, apart from the hands and the feet, as these two areas do not have any sebaceous glands, which are the glands that are responsible for oil production. When it comes to back acne, also referred to as bacne, this is something that may keep reoccurring throughout life, but there are a number of ways in which you can effectively deal with it to keep it under control.

 

A Bacne Body Wash 

The majority of products that contain bacne-fighting ingredients tend to come in the form of body washes and scrubs, as it is much harder to reach over and apply spot treatments to your back. When it comes to key ingredients, keep an eye out for benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid, and leave these cleansers on for a few minutes before washing them off, as this will give them enough time to work their magic.

 

Keep Those Pores Unclogged 

Clogged pores will quickly lead to bacne, which is why it is important to keep your pores unclogged as much as possible, as prevention is always the best option. This means opting for lighter lotions on your back rather than thick creams, and flipping your hair to the front when shampooing and conditioning, so that the residue does not end up settling into your skin. If you use oils on your back, make sure to take a shower, or step into a sauna, afterwards, as this will help to melt the oil away rather than having them clog up your pores.

 

Shower After Sweating 

Whether you have just taken a long walk in the heat of summer, or have finished your daily workout, it is extremely important that you shower whenever you have been sweating. While this may be inconvenient at times, washing away your sweat, and then changing into loose clothes, will really help to air your skin out and prevent breakouts.

 

A Bacial 

While a facial may be able to help with breakouts on your face, a bacial targets your back, and is a treatment that is becoming increasingly popular. This will allow a trained dermatologist to gain a deeper understanding of the causes of your bacne, and they will then be able to prescribe a tailor-made treatment plan for you, not only in terms of topical treatments, but also useful advice when it comes to diet and lifestyle, as both of these can have a huge effect on bacne.

 

The pores on your back are much larger than the pores on your face, which is why bacne is so common, as this area is extremely susceptible to experiencing clogs. While bacne may be extremely frustrating, there are several ways in which you can keep it under control, as well as preventing breakouts from occurring in the first place.

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HEALING SCARS ON YOUR FACE AND BODY

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When the skin experiences an injury, scars are usually an inevitable aftermath. For those with younger skin, scars tend to fade quite quickly, but those with more mature skin may end up with severe scars that last for years, unless you give one of these healing methods a try.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is a natural healer, especially when it comes to damaged skin and scars. By strengthening the immune system, vitamin C speeds up the healing process, while also restoring collagen levels in the skin, resulting in a flatter and smoother complexion. Vitamin C can be used both orally and topically, and this would be advised if you are seeking out the very best results.

 

Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera has been used for centuries when it comes to healing the skin, as it not only soothes it but also helps to regenerate any damaged tissue. There are multiple studies that point to how effective aloe vera is when it comes to healing wounds and scars, and has even been shown to be able to completely remove scars. The best way to use aloe vera is by applying the gel to your skin directly from the leaf, but, if you cannot find the plant anywhere, it is usually easy to find pure aloe vera in stores. Simply apply it to any scars and leave it on for at least half an hour. By doing this two to three times a day, you will not only notice your scars soon beginning to fade, but your skin will also take on a much healthier glow.

 

Massages

Once your injury has healed and only the scar is left behind, give this area a gentle massage a few times a day. Scars contain dense bands of collagen beneath them, but massaging helps to break these down. Simply apply some lotion to the area and gently massage it in a circular motion for around 30 seconds.

 

Zinc 

Zinc is essential for so many different processes within the body, from collagen production to DNA repair, meaning that it is vital when it comes to the formation of scar tissue, as well as the healing of the skin. Studies have shown that when the skin experiences an injury, the area becomes flooded with zinc in the first 90 minutes, as zinc is hugely responsible for the healing process. Zinc can be taken as a supplement, but make sure that you double check the dosage beforehand, as overdosing on zinc can be quite dangerous.

 

Although scars do usually fade on their own most of the time, there is no harm in trying to speed up their healing process. From topical vitamin C and aloe vera to zinc supplements, these tips will have you on your way to smooth and clear skin in no time at all.