Blackheads on back are caused by blocked pores and these are made by a combining of excessive oil production and dead skin cells that block the pores. On your back, if you also play a lot of sport or have a hard physically demanding job that causes you to perspire a lot, perspiration can also make pores more likely to become blocked.
Blackheads on back are very common – that's why you may feel that you are in your own and they are not visible to apparent as the ones on faces. The excessive oil product that causes these can be down to a number of factors. In teenagers, it is most often hormones that cause the problem, in older people, it can be a genetic predisposition, stress and even dietary insufficiencies, food allergies and a whole host of other factors that in themselves are not enough to be the root cause, but in combination can lead to problems.
- The first thing you need to do in order to deal with your blackheads on back is to get into a regular turn of thoroughly cleansing your whole body without going overboard so that you over do it and make matters worse. A mild anti-bacterial wash is a good place to start and exfoliating will really help, so try one of the exfoliating body brushes that make it easier to get to those hard to reach places or apply some exfoliating gloves that you wear like normal gloves and wash your body whilst wearing them to gently remove the dead skin cells from the surface that could block pores further.
- Exfoliating blackheads on back can be done with the brush or mitts alone, or try a gentle exfoliating scrub – you must get off with the most gentle one you can find and do not be tempted to try to scrub all the blackheads off your back in one go. They didn’t get there overnight and you will not get rid of them overnight. Scrubbing hard will just make your skin hot, dry, irritated and could cause under skin inflammation that will lead to worse breakouts. Don’t do it!!
- A steamy bath or shower will help the process as your pores will open and the gentle exfoliation will help you to loosen your blackheads on back. As mentioned above, if you play sport or work up a sweat at work, try to take a shower as soon after wards as possible, even if it is only a very quick one, just to wash away the perspiration and clear your pores. This will greatly help in preventing future blackheads.
- After your shower or bath, when you are happy that your skin is thoroughly clean turn the water temperature right down and wash your skin paying particular attention to the area where you have blackheads on back. Even if you cannot bear to do this with cold water, using cooler water will help to close your pores and help to stop you starting to perspire when you get out to dry yourself.
- Once you have gently dried your skin, use a gentle acne preparation on your blackheads on back. Look for one containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as these are the two products that will be most effective at clearing the problem. However you must choose one or the other, you cannot put these 2 products on your skin at the same time! If you have difficulty reaching all the blackheads on back you need to cover, you could apply a non-absorbent applier like the back buddy which will enable you to treat all your skin yourself. Leave whichever preparation you choose to dry on your back for around ten minutes before getting dressed to avoid any possibility of staining your clothing..
- If you have long hair, keep it off your back. Wear fabrics that are absorbent and breathable next to your skin and be sure to change your clothing daily, washing everything in non-biological detergents and look for hypo-allergenic laundry products wherever possible.
Getting rid of blackheads on back is not easy but with a little perseverance, you will soon have great looking skin.