Baby got back(acne)!

We’re having a party and Bacne is NOT invited! Seriously though, bacne is on no one’s friend list and for good reason! It makes you feel self-conscious, lowers self-esteem and just brings down your #killer vibe in general. 

But have you ever considered if what you’re doing in the shower could be the culprit behind these pesky skin issues? Well #BoostBabes, it’s time to play the blame game and put a name to this uncomfortable, spotty situation. We’ve come up with a list of top shower mistakes you could be making that contribute to bacne. 

1. Not showering after an intense exercise session 

We get it. Sometimes you’re time-poor or just can’t be bothered dragging that sore body in the shower straight after a killer #sweatsesh - that’s what a deodorant shower is for after all?

As annoying as it can be, it is crucial to always shower after intense (sweat-producing) exercise, if you want to prevent bacne. When you sweat your pores actually are at their most large and naturally open up. With the pores more open than ever, dirt and bacteria have an easy entry point and can quite comfortably nestle into your skin. We mean, just think about how much germs there are on the equipment, your mat or even hands after exercise - eeek! 

This can lead to clogged pores and an excess build-up of oils, dirt, and bacteria - all top causes of bacne! So if you're skimping the shower after the gym, your battle with bacne just got as hard as that round of burpees did! 

2. Not drying off properly  

Ladies, it’s time to shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, and no, we don’t mean at the club! Properly drying yourself off with a towel is a super important step, often overlooked when trying to pinpoint the villain behind bacne. 

After washing your hair, hair follicles are disturbed and a natural (normal) amount of hair loss occurs. However, because the hair is wet, you’ll often find that these hairs stick to the skin and can lay on your back in hard to reach places. 

These strands of hair not only carry dirt and excess oil (contributors of bacne) but they also have the chance to lodge their way into the pore. These hair follicles now have an extremely high chance of becoming blocked and inflamed, leading to pimples forming on your back. 

Our top tip to avoid this from happening is to shimmy a towel up and down thoroughly after showering and have a mirror nearby to check your back area for any loose hairs that may have fallen out and been missed. 

3. Not rinsing the product off completely 

It seems pretty harmless, right? WRONG! Not washing product, especially shampoo & conditioner, off completely after your shower is a MAJOR cause of bacne! Acne, in general, is caused by clogged pores or hair follicles. When washing haircare products out in the shower, residue from these products is rinsed down the neck and dispersed onto the skin on your back.  

If not completely washed off, this residue can sink into the pores, clogging them, resulting in bacne. Make sure to thoroughly rinse your body (concentrating on the neck and back areas) after washing your hair to remove all leftover products from the skin and clean out those pores. 

4. The type of conditioners being used 

This point is a follow on from the above tip. If the ingredients in your conditioner are wrong, the chances of the residue they leave behind becoming blocked in your pores are heightened. 

Silicone is an extremely common ingredient used in conventional haircare brands/ products as it is cheap and effective in adding shine (fake shine) to the hair’s appearance. This is because silicone is almost like rubber and/or plastic. It does give the hair the illusion of shine, but it is not the shine we want—it is a fake shine from its plastic-like compounds. 

However, because of its unnatural composition, it’s really hard to completely wash off and builds up over time. If silicone residue sinks into the hair follicles of your back, even washing the skin with body wash can’t fully protect from silicone building up and blocking pores. So if you’ve got bacne and are using hair products with silicone in them, you should really consider switching to products that contain natural ingredients the skin can easily remove if necessary. 

Pssst! Jump in the shower without worrying about silicone when you use the BondiBoost HG Shampoo & Conditioner. In fact, all our shampoo & conditioners are free from parabens, sulphates, and silicones, so no matter what hair type you have, we’ve got your back (and bacne)! 

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