Remember to be patient and consistent
Back acne is a common skin condition which many people suffer from and is often considered to be uncomfortable and distressing. However, there are an array of Desi remedies which can be used to treat it.
Typically, acne is associated with the face. Depending on the severity of the blemishes, you might be left feeling insecure.
However, what many people do not acknowledge is that acne can appear and affect all body parts that have oil-secreting glands or hair follicles.
These include chest, shoulders and back. In this instance, the back is of concern.
Sometimes referred to as ‘bacne’, back acne usually affects most people at some point in their life.
This skin condition is described as having red blemishes and oily skin which often looks sore and painful to touch.
What causes Back Acne?
Although back acne is not detrimental to health, it can be a nuisance as it leaves the sufferer feeling uncomfortable and sometimes self-conscience.
According to a board-certified general and paediatric dermatologist with Kenwood Dermatology, Cincinnati, Kara Shah, MD:
“Back acne is the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil [sebum] within the pores in the skin, combined with an overgrowth of a common skin bacteria, ‘Cutibacterium acnes, which triggers an inflammatory response.”
Kara Shah further added:
“Acne on the back and shoulders is commonly associated with sports activities that cause increased sweating and friction from athletic gear and clothing.”
However, this is not to say that those people who do not commonly engage with physical activities are exempt from back acne.
Another cause of this skin condition particularly in men is related to increased testosterone level which occurs during puberty.
It is believed that the rise in testosterone levels cause glands to produce excess sebum.
Unfortunately, back acne can also be hereditary. This means if it is a common skin condition in your family, chances are you will develop it.
In addition, women are more susceptible to developing adult acne compared to men. This is because of hormonal changes during periods and pregnancy.
Other causes of back acne can be related to a particular medication, smoking, cosmetic products and so on.
Types of Spots to Know
Before we consider what type of Desi remedy is best suited to us, it is important to know the six main types of spots caused by this skin condition.
According to the NHS UK website, these are as follows:
- “Blackheads – small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they’re not filled with dirt, but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces colour.
- Whiteheads – have a similar appearance to blackheads, but may be firmer and will not empty when squeezed.
- Papules – small red bumps that may feel tender or sore.
- Pustules – similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus.
- Nodules – large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful.
- Cysts – the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they’re large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring.”
Now that you have understood what back acne is, the causes and the different type of spots, it is time to consider various natural treatment options.
It is important to note; various treatments will work differently from person to person. This is because everyone has different bodily responses.
Also, when it comes to Desi remedies patience is necessary. Back acne will not vanish overnight, rather it is a steady process which requires time.
Therefore, it is best to set yourself realistic goals of recovery and allow yourself ample time to achieve it.
One of the most effective ways of incorporating amla, also known as Indian gooseberry into your diet is to consume it as juice.
Although it is bitter in taste, in this instance the bitter the better.
Amla is packed with powerhouse nutrients, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C.
According to the Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Fortis-Escorts Hospital, Dr Rupali Datta explains the benefits of amla. She said:
“Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant, which means that it protects you against the harmful effects of free radicals.”
“It helps in slowing the ageing process and is needed for collagen production hence keeping your skin and hair healthy and supports the immune system.”
Luckily for us, pure amla juice can be bought over the counter. Be sure to drink this regularly to help with clearing acne.
You can also buy Indian gooseberries, cut them in half and with a cotton pad apply the juice directly onto the skin. Leave this overnight.
Be sure to do this frequently to achieve to get closer to achieve an acne-free back.
Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea
Herbal teas are an old Desi favourite from settling an upset stomach to helping with the clarity of the skin.
In this instance, the three power ingredients consist of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds.
Combined these three ingredients work to combat the toxins produced by the body and keep them at bay.
For this remedy, you will need:
- 1/3 tsp cumin
- 1/3 tsp coriander
- 1/3 tsp fennel
- Cup of water
- Boil a cup of water.
- Then pour all the ingredients into the cup of water and stir well and let sit for five minutes.
- Strain the tea and drink.
To achieve the best results, you should drink this herbal tea at least three times a day.
As well as being great for back acne, this herbal tea helps with indigestion and aids weight loss.
We have another herbal mixture which will surely deliver results and is quick and easy to make.
This mixture consists of powdered coriander seeds, turmeric [haldi], basil, fennel seeds and amla.
These herbs and seeds all contain antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation beneath the skin leaving you with soft and supple skin.
For this remedy, you will need:
- 1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
- 1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 dried basil
- 1/2 amla
- A glass of hot water
- Combine all the ingredients, except the water into a sealable container.
- Eat 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture 15 minutes prior to lunch and repeat for dinner.
- Drink the glass of hot water to wash it down.
Tulsi also known as basil leaves are amazing herbs which help cleanse the skin from within.
Tulsi works to remove dirt and impurities from clogged pores, thus reducing the amount of oil produced.
This is because the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties found in basil help prevent the formation of back acne.
For this Desi remedy, simply combine equal parts of basil leaves, sandalwood paste and rose water.
Apply the paste to the skin [you may want to get someone to help you with this] and leave it to dry for 20 minutes. Wash off as normal.
Known as one of the best natural ingredients, honey is packed with numerous skin benefits which help eliminate back acne.
Honey helps balance the level of bacteria beneath the skin which, in turn, makes it ideal to treat this skin condition.
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in honey, especially Manuka honey, are amazing as they act as a form of nourishment to damaged skin.
It is advised to directly apply raw honey over the infected area and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with water.
This Desi remedy should be applied regularly for the best results which will restore your skin to its former glory.
If you suffer from back acne do not feel disheartened as it is a common skin condition which many people are battling.
Find the perfect Desi remedy for you from our list of at-home treatments. Remember to be patient and consistent through the course of your treatment.