The unimaginable happened. I touched the base of my neck for the first time since late summer, and found a plethora of tiny bumps.
So, here I am. At twenty-seven I suddenly have bacne.
But, it’s okay, you probably have bacne too, so here’s how to kick bacne’s butt.
Winter weather is a major culprit when it comes to skin troubles. Between hot showers drying skin and warm sweaters trapping sweat and dead skin cells in pores, the winter months and skin will never be friends. Luckily we hand lend a helping hand (or two).
As our body’s largest organ, the skin works to excrete waste, but often this waste becomes trapped in our pores in the form of blackheads and white heads. Bacne, like pimples on other parts of your body, is caused by bacteria and impacted pores, so first things first: start exfoliating.
Use either your face scrub, or add some sugar to your body wash, and soap up, focusing on the base of the neck and shoulders. If you’re a sports bra wearer, chances are your racer back bra is trapping sweat against your skin, so be cautious. The same goes for exercise tanks and any of us who enjoy hot yoga on a cold day.
A simple combination of Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap and a loofa is the perfect start for those who have sensitive skin, but for sufferers that need to dry out pustules quickly, an acne wash with salicylic acid will dry out any pimples. Just make sure to moisturize after showering to prevent over-drying.
If you have long hair, conditioner could be making matters worse. Designed to coat the hair shaft and fill in split ends, condition can do the same thing to your pores, leading to blackheads and white heads galore. So, next time you shower try washing your back after conditioning to get rid of any residue.
So don’t panic. Bacne is really just your skin trying to clean itself. And certainly doesn’t panic so much so that you decide to use a pumice stone on your shoulders. Because not even a professional would attempt such a foolish notion…
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.