Pimples can pop up anywhere on the body, from the chest, shoulders, to the back. The latter is particularly challenging to treat because it can be hard to reach and see acne on this part of the body.
There are many ways you can get rid of your back acne (a.k.a. bacne) at home. The simplest thing you can do is to wash your body every day (especially after a workout sesh!) with an acne-fighting soap. As you know, clear skin starts with clean skin. When shopping for zit-zapping soaps, one of the ingredients you can look for is salicylic acid.
What is salicylic acid?
Salicylic acid is a popular ingredient you’ll find in many anti-acne products. It’s a type of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that gently exfoliates the skin and unclogs the pores. That said, it works wonders in clearing away blackheads and whiteheads.
What causes back acne?
ICYDK, "back acne is the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil [sebum] within the pores in the skin," Kara Shah, MD, a board-certified general and pediatric dermatologist, told Everday Health. Additionally, she noted that "acne on the back and shoulders is commonly associated with sports activities that cause increased sweating and friction from athletic gear and clothing." When working out, it's best to wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid trapping dirt and sweat in the pores, which can lead to acne.
Ready to kiss your bacne goodbye? Ahead, we rounded up a couple of salicylic acid-infused soaps you can add to your routine:
Salicylic Acid Soap Bars That Can Help Banish Your Bacne
Snoe Beauty BHA Salicylic Face & Body Soap
Keep new pimples from forming with this anti-acne soap that dissolves sebum build-up with the help of salicylic acid. It's fragrance-free, which makes it a great option for those with sensitive skin. Plus, it's affordable! Don't forget to let it sit on your body for a few minutes before rinsing it all off to allow the ingredients to work their magic.
BHA Salicylic Face & Body Soap, P65, SNOE BEAUTY, Lazada
Some By Mi Miracle Bar Soap
Aside from salicylic acid, this acne-busting soap is loaded with tea tree oil to soothe angry zits and niacinamide to fade pimple marks on your back. It can be used for the face and the body so it's a cost-efficient purchase.
Miracle Bar Soap, P500, SOME BY MI, KbeautyCafe
Dr. Sensitive Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Face And Body Soap
Formulated with niacinamide and salicylic acid, this soap removes all the dead skin and pore-clogging dirt from the face. It also has brightening ingredients such as glycolic acid and vitamin C to even out the complexion.
Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid Face And Body Soap, P139, DR. SENSITIVE, Watsons
Luxe Organix Miracle Soap For Face And Body
You can count on this deep-cleansing soap bar to clear up the skin. It's made with three exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid to reduce breakouts and even out the complexion. It has tea tree oil to soothe irritation + redness. It's also free from alcohol so it won't leave your skin feeling tight and dry after showering.
salicylic acid soaps
Miracle Soap For Face And Body, P149, LUXE ORGANIX, Watsons
Skinpotions Acne Pie Soap
This soap from local brand Skinpotions can dry up pimples fast. It's formulated with aloe vera oil extract and shea butter to keep the skin soft and smooth.
Acne Pie Soap, P250, SKIN POTIONS, skinpotions.ph
Maxi Peel Classic Exfoliant Soap
If you're looking for an affordable yet effective option, this exfoliating soap bar from Maxi Peel is worth checking out. It has tiny beads that helps gently buff away dead skin cells. The mighty duo of salicylic acid and glycolic acid work together to treat pimples and get rid of dark spots at the same time.
Classic Exfoliant Soap, P59, MAXI PEEL, Watsons
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