Can Baby Oil Banish “Bacne”?

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When we think of oil and acne in the same line, all our acne prevention sensor kicks in and screams NO! However, considering the hype and the rumours going around, we had to find out. Can baby oil work on back acne or bacne? Well, we set out to find the answers!

back acne

Bacne is essential acne on your back and it is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. Your skin is made up of pores, which are connected to the oil glands under the skin.

These glands carry the oil through the follicles to the surface of the skin. It is when the follicles get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt and oil that acne occurs.

Some of the common causes behind acne include hormonal imbalance, using birth control pills, lack of hygiene, certain medications and in some cases, using greasy products.

Baby oil is comprised of 98% mineral oil and 2% fragrance. Now, every time people hear mineral oil, they automatically assume that it is a bad news to their skin. This is more or less a wrong assumption. Here is the truth!

How Baby Oil Reacts On Skin?

baby oil

Baby oil happens to be "non-comedogenic" in nature, which means it does not clog the pores. Furthermore, it is inert in nature, which means it will not react adversely when mixed with other products or ingredients.

Added to that, baby oil does not penetrate into skin layers, making your skin more greasy, it just forms a protective layer which helps lock in the moisture. Its light formula gets easily absorbed on the skin.

How To Use Baby Oil To Treat Acne?

body lotion

Each skin is made differently, and just because it worked on someone else, not necessarily it may work for you too.

Add a few drops of baby oil to your regular body lotion. Use it for a period of 7 days and see how it reacts on your skin. If your skin is less greasy and if acne has fairly subsided, up the baby oil addition to your body lotion.

Alternate Baby Oil Usage To Treat Acne

baking soda

Take a teaspoon of baking soda, add 5 drops of baby oil and whip it into a smooth paste. Apply it on the affected area. Let it sit till dry and then rinse it out. Hydrogen peroxide is known to dry up the acne.

Handy Beauty Tricks Using Baby Oil


That's right, baby oil is not just useful in treating acne. You could use baby oil as a makeup remover too. Take a few drops of baby oil on a cotton pad. Work it on the makeup in a circular motion. When the makeup loosens, repeat the process with fresh cotton pad until every last residue comes off. Rinse your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry.

Home Remedies For Acne


Alternatively, you can also try other home remedies for acne. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, using a cotton pad, apply it gently on your back. Let it sit until dry, before washing it clean.

You can also try applying a mask made of cinnamon powder and an equal proportion of honey.

Rules To Follow If You Have Acne

hot water shower
  • If you have an acne-prone skin, avoid touching your face or the area with hands, as the bacteria in your hand can get transferred to the skin, further aggravating the condition. 
  • Never pop the acne, as it can lead to scarring or a possible wound. 
  • Avoid using hot water to cleanse your skin. Use lukewarm water to open pores and remove the dirt. Follow it up with cold water wash to close the pores. 
  • Use products specifically designed for acne-prone skin.

If you have any more tips on how to cure acne naturally, do share them with us in the comment section below.

Read more about: acne, oily skin, minerals, baking soda
Story first published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 14:00 [IST]
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