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13 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Back Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition that many of us have faced at least once in our life. But, it isn't limited to our face. Back acne is a real thing that is not only painful but rather inconvenient. Not only that, it might hinder your daily activities such as sleeping, exercising and the clothes that you wear.

Unfortunately, the solutions available in the market for acne aren't as promising as they sound and might come with certain side effects. Home remedies come to our rescue here. There are some effective home remedies that can help you get rid of back acne in a gentle way.

And the best part - they don't have a harmful effect on your skin. This article covers thirteen such home remedies. But before that let's understand a little more about back acne and its cause, shall we?

What Causes Back Acne

Acne is a chronic skin condition that is triggered mainly due to clogged pores, excess oil produced on the skin and bacterial infestation of hair follicles. Not only that, environmental factors like dirt and pollution and lifestyle factors like stress and unhealthy diet also contribute to it.[1]

Our back area has a number of sebaceous glands that can produce excess oil and lead to acne. Not only that, dead skin cells, clogged pores and lack of hygiene leading to bacterial infestation also give way to back acne. Hence, it becomes important to deal with this issue.

With that in mind, here are some amazing remedies to treat back acne that actually work. Take a look!

Home Remedies To Treat Back Acne

1. Honey and cinnamon

Honey and cinnamon both, have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the skin from free radicals and reduce skin inflammation and irritation.[2] [3]

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder

Method of use

  • Take honey in a bowl.
  • Add cinnamon powder to this and mix well.
  • Apply the mixture on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly and pat dry.
  • Repeat this remedy every day for a few days for the desired result.

2. Aloe vera

Besides being highly soothing for the skin, aloe vera has salicylic acid and sulfur both of which are quite effective for the treatment of acne.[4]

Ingredient

  • Fresh aloe vera gel(as needed)

Method of use

  • Scoop out fresh aloe vera gel in a bowl.
  • Apply the aloe vera gel on the affected area.
  • Leave it at that and repeat this process multiple times a day.

3. Lemon juice

Being a natural astringent, lemon helps to shrink the skin pores to reduce the sebum production and thus combats acne. Besides, the antibacterial activity of lemon also makes it an effective remedy to treat acne.[5]

Ingredient

  • Juice of a lemon

Method of use

  • Take the lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Dip a cotton ball in it and apply it on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it off later.
  • Repeat this remedy every alternate day for the desired result.

4. Turmeric and sesame oil

Turmeric possesses great anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help to reduce and soothe back acne.[6] Sesame oil adds to it by helping to tackle the pain, irritation and inflammation caused by the acne.[7]

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Method of use

  • Take the turmeric powder in a bowl.
  • Add sesame oil to this and mix well to make a paste.
  • Leave it on for about an hour.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly using lukewarm water.
  • Alternatively, you can mix turmeric and water to make a paste. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • Repeat this remedy twice every day for a few days for the desired result.

5. Epsom salt and olive oil

This blend helps to gently exfoliate the skin while keeping it hydrated to reduce the acne and the inflammation caused due to it.[8]

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Epsom salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Method of use

  • In a bowl, mix both the ingredients well.
  • Apply the mixture on the affected area and gently massage your back in circular motions for about 10 minutes. This part of the remedy is best done with someone's help.
  • Leave it on for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Wash it off thoroughly using lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this remedy 1-2 times in a week for the desired result.

6. Oatmeal and honey

Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that work well to reduce the acne and soothe your skin.[9]

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp honey

Method of use

  • Grind the oatmeal to get powder.
  • Add honey to this and mix well to get a smooth paste.
  • Put this paste in the refrigerator for a little while.
  • Take it out and apply the chilled paste on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off later.
  • Repeat this remedy every day for a few days to get the desired result.

7. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains succinic acid and lactic acid that not only help to reduce acne but also the inflammation and scars caused by it.[10]

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Method of use

  • Dilute the apple cider vinegar using water.
  • Dip a cotton ball in this and apply it on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off later.
  • Repeat this remedy every alternate day for the desired result.

8. Tea tree oil and coconut oil

The strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties of tea tree oil make it a great remedy to reduce acne. Before application, you do need to dilute it using some carrier oil such as coconut oil.[11]

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 6-7 drops of tea tree oil

Method of use

  • In a bowl, mix both the oils together.
  • Apply this concoction on your back before you go to sleep.
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • Rinse it off in the morning.
  • Repeat this remedy every alternate day for a few days to get the desired result.

9. Baking soda

Baking soda has antibacterial properties that help to ward off the acne-causing bacteria and thus prevent acne.[12]

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • Water (as needed)

Method of use

  • Take the baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add enough water in it so as to make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes to dry.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

10. Sugar and coconut oil

Sugar gently exfoliates your skin to remove dead skin cells, dirt and impurities and excess oil from your skin and thus helps to combat acne. Coconut oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe the inflamed skin.[13]

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil

Method of use

  • Take sugar in a bowl.
  • Add coconut oil to this and give it a good stir.
  • Use this mixture to gently scrub your back for a few minutes. This is better done with someone's help.
  • Take a shower later and pat dry.
  • Repeat this remedy every alternate day for the desired result.

11. Yogurt

Yogurt contains lactic acid that is proven to be an effective remedy against acne.[14]

Ingredient

  • Yogurt (as needed)

Method of use

  • Apply the yogurt on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash it off thoroughly later.
  • Repeat this remedy 2-3 times in a week for the desired result.

12. Green tea

Besides having strong antioxidant properties green tea helps to control the sebum produced in the skin and thus treat acne.[15]

Ingredient

  • A cup of green tea

Method of use

  • Brew a cup of green tea.
  • Allow it to cool down.
  • Dip a cotton ball in it and apply it on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off later.
  • Repeat this remedy 3-4 times in a week for the desired result.

13. Garlic

Garlic has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce acne and also the inflammation and pain caused by it.[16]

Ingredient

  • Few garlic cloves

Method of use

  • Grind the garlic cloves to obtain the juice.
  • Apply this on the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.
  • Repeat this remedy every day for the desired result.
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