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How To Get Rid Of Bacne

If the thought of a backless dress makes you break out in a nervous sweat, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the NHS around 8 in 10 teenagers experience acne, while 1 in 3 suffer from body blemishes. So before you commit yourself to a life of polo necks, consider treating the area giving you grief.

 

One of the most common causes of acne comes from oil mixed with dead skin cells, which clogs pores, creating a breeding ground for bacteria - but other factors such as stress, fatty foods, sweating and even genes can play a part in creating black heads, pimples and cysts. The good news? There’s still hope in getting rid of it, all you have to do is treat and prevent. Simply follow this step-by-step for 8 weeks and you’ll notice a difference.

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Step 1) Cleanse.

Avoid regular soap and instead, use a gentle body cleanser to wash away the day’s grime. Scientists have determined that a skin pH of below 5 — the ideal being 4.7 — is beneficial to overall skin health. Soap, in particular, can cause the skin's pH to go above 5, leading to dryness, scaliness, and breakouts. Over scrubbing can cause damage to your skin too, so make sure you’re only cleansing once to twice a day.

We recommend:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, £8.99 is fragrance free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t block your pores.

Aēsop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, £17 is botanically enhanced to remove grime and leave you smelling AMAY-zing!

Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion, £14.95 soothes as well treats acne. Wipe the lotion over the area with a cotton pad until it comes up clean.

Johnson’s Baby Soft Wash, £3.35 is hypoallergenic and pH neutral, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

Step 2) Treat.

The best way to fight breakouts is with benzoyl peroxide (it oxygenates the skin to dry and peel the inside of the pore) and a salicylic/glycolic acid based treatment (they breakdown the glue that bonds dead skin cells together). Simply apply it to the affected area after cleansing and leave to dry before getting dressed.

We recommend:

Murad’s Clarifying Body Spray, £35 contains salicylic acid and lemon grass oil (an anti bacterial and antiseptic essential oil that nourishes and heals skin). It has a 360 degree nozzle too, so you can get hard to reach areas too.

The Body Shop Seaweed Night Treatment, £11 helps to balance oil levels. Salcura Antiac ACTIV Liquid Spray, £9.99 is a natural bacteria neutralizer.

Quinoderm Cream, £3.99 contains 10% benzoyl peroxide (which is too strong for the face but perfect for the thick skin on your back).

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Step 3) Prevent.

Once you’ve gotten rid of your bacne, it’s key to keep it at bay. Regularly exfoliation followed by a noncomodegenic moisturizer will keep your skin clear and hydrated to maintain natural oil levels.

We recommend:

Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Body Lotion, £21.70 will disinfect your skin without stripping it of its natural oils.

Neal’s Yard Seaweed Salt Scrub, £17.50 contains a blend of black pepper, grapefruit, ginger essential oils and mineral rich seaweed.

St Ives Invigorating Body Scrub, £5.49 is packed with 100% natural exfoliates and apricot extracts, plus it’s oil free.

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