by ZOE FOSTER
Zo, I have bacne (back acne) and it’s so gross. How do I get rid of it? Why do I have it? I can’t wear dresses or nice tops and half of my gym clothes without being embarrassed. – Zara
It seems unfair that we pay so much attention to keeping our face spot free and then our chests and backs sneak a whole bunch of pimples through security so that whenever we wear anything other than a skivvy we show the entire world our blemished back/neck.
Why you get bacne, Zara, is because you stole that Bubble O’Bill back in Year 3 and this is your karma.
Another reason might be congestion, usually from sweat that isn’t removed quickly enough. So, if you’re an exerciser, Z, (can I call you Z?) and from your reference to gym clothes I reckon you might be, I want to make sure you (1) always shower directly after working out.
Since so many of us now do things like boot camp out in the open, or pilates/yoga in little studios as opposed to going to a traditional gym, we don’t have a row of showers on hand to leap into right after, and this is not helping the ISOBS. (International Society of Bacne Sufferers.) But showers are SO important for bacne correction and prevention, and, one would think, general hygiene and smell-nicey-ness. It would also do you well to (2) choose work out gear that is moisture-wicking (where the fabric draws the sweat off the skin and to the outside of the garment – Nike, Adidas and lululemon all have moisture-wick gear) so that you’re not drenched in sweaty clothes as and after you train.
If you really can’t shower directly after Pump, or that PT session or your rhythmic gymnastics class, then Z why not (3) carry some facial wipes (go for ones that work on pimples and have salicylic acid, like the Clean and Clear or Clearasil types) and wipe your back and shoulders and chest down. Then put on a clean top.