Growing up, we all knew that developing pimples on our face was a normal part of puberty; something we would all inevitably experience. What many of us weren’t privy to as we approached our teenage years however, was that acne didn’t discriminate and loved to show up on other parts of our body, like our back.
Now, while we’ve learned that acne on our back (aka bacne) is typically caused by genetics, a hormonal imbalance and/or poor hygiene or diet, it turns out another unexpected habit may also be contributing to the development of rogue pimples.
According to Kendall Jenner’s dermatologist, Christie Kidd, who revealed her expert advice in an episode of Skin Savvy on Kendall’s website, the way we wash our body and hair can cause us to breakout on our backs.
“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,” says Kidd.
Kidd warns that following this technique actually undoes all the work of cleaning your back, as your conditioner leaves it covered with an oily residue. This then can result in clogged pores, which we all know can lead to the development of acne.
Instead of sticking to your normal showering technique, Kidd suggests following these steps:
1. Shampoo your hair
2. Condition your hair
3. Rinse out the conditioner
4. Tie or clip your hair up
5. Wash your body
Sounds simple and logical enough to us!
Are you suffering from acne on your face but are unsure as to the best way to treat it? Then read our guide on how to best deal with a pimple.
Are your showering steps the same as Christie Kidd’s recommended technique? Has it reduced or prevented bacne from developing for you? Let us know in the comments below.
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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.