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If you suffer from “bacne,” or back acne, you’re probably familiar with the standard acne-clearing recommendations — a change in diet, perhaps, or getting a prescription for antibiotics.
But according to Kendall Jenner’s dermatologist Christie Kidd, just a simple change in your shower routine could prevent bacne from happening. Jenner used to suffer from acne herself, and Kidd explains that the way people wash their hair could be causing the unsightly pimples.
“Most of us, we wash our hair, we condition it, and when our conditioner is sitting, that’s when we wash our body. And then the last [thing] we do is rinse out our conditioner,” Kidd said on a new episode of Skin Savvy on Jenner’s website, reports The Daily Mail.
That final conditioner-rinsing step is where the problem starts. Conditioner coats the back with oily residue and then doesn’t get rinsed off properly, which clogs pores and leads to breakouts.
So if you’re letting your conditioned hair just lie against your back while you shower, you might be encouraging acne to develop. Instead, Kidd suggests shampooing hair, conditioning it and then either rinsing it or tying it up and out of the way while you wash the rest of your body.
Kidd’s additional tips for treating acne-prone skin are to avoid using anything abrasive like exfoliating scrubs or rotating brushes to clean the skin. She even suggests avoiding washcloths if you’re prone to acne, especially when washing the face. In addition to being abrasive, washcloths can spread bacteria unless they’re properly washed after every use. Her other rule of thumb is that “less is more” when it comes to skin care products.
“I often find patients have bought and are using far too many products, which makes their skin worse,” she said. “Keeping it simple and effective is far better for acne.”
That’s not to say that other factors don’t contribute to acne breakouts: carbs and sugary foods, such as white bread, baked goods and soda, can exacerbate acne, and so can hormones or stress. But switching up your shower routine certainly wouldn’t hurt — just to make sure something else isn’t to blame.
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