Opinion

How do you get rid of those pimples on your back?

I myself suffered from pimples on my back for a very long time. Did it make me insecure at times, yes. But that wasn't the worst part. It just really hurt at times, which was the worst for me.

When I went to the doctor to ask what I could do about it, I was told, "It could be due to an allergic reaction from your soap and shampoo, try bending over when you rinse your hair". I thought that was a pretty bizarre answer. But by now I understand the answer. And maybe it wasn't such a crazy answer at all, when you realise what kind of "crap" is used in shampoo and shower gel.

First, let me tell you a bit about the cosmetics we buy in the supermarket. Then later I'll tell you what you can do about that acne on your back (another word for pimples on your back). And please note, I am not a skin therapist. I'm just someone who suffered from acne on my back and found out for myself how to stop it with natural skincare products.

Shampoo and shower gel are full of sulphates

Sulphates are added to cosmetics for 2 reasons. The first reason is for the foam. The second reason is for the cleansing effect. The foam, of course, is very nice. The cleansing effect can even be so good that it also rinses all the skin's own fats from your skin as well.

There are, of course, milder and more aggressive sulphates. The more aggressive, the more they cleanse. The most aggressive sulphates are sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS). The milder sulphates found are sodium coco sulphate (SCS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES).

Furthermore, sulphates are chemical and therefore bad for the environment.

Well, I really don't mean to say that sulphates are necessarily bad. Many people have no problems using sulphates. But I am writing this article precisely for those who do.

But how do I get rid of the acne on my back?

People who suffer from acne on their backs should best stop using products with sulphates. Those products are too harsh and this causes irritation.

I only use natural soap blocks anymore, and then fairly randomly I alternate various ones. Aleppo soap, olive soap, it's all fine.

I now only wash my hair with a natural shampoo. For example, the shampoo bar without aroma, or Evergetikon's natural shampoo.

These natural skincare products prevent new inflammation (acne) from developing. But how can you get rid of existing acne? For that, I use a cosmetic oil. There are several varieties and some of them are anti-inflammatory. I think it also varies from person to person which oil works best for your skin. For me, rose oil has made the acne go away now.

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