5 effective home remedies to treat back acne during periods

Woman having period problems

Menstruation brings along menstrual cramps, mood fluctuations, food cravings, and period acne. Not only does period acne appear on the face, but also on the back, shoulders, and neck. The acne that forms on the back is called back acne or bacne. The upper back and shoulder are typically affected because this is where the oil glands are located. This acne is caused because of the fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. Fret not, we have got you covered. Here are some of the best and most effective home remedies for back acne caused by hormonal changes.

What are the causes of back acne during periods?

Here’s how periods can contribute to the development of back acne.

1. Hormonal fluctuations

“During your menstrual cycle, hormone levels, especially estrogen and progesterone, change. During the days leading up to menstruation, progesterone levels rise, resulting in an excess of oil in the pores of the skin to be clogged, resulting in acne on the back,” says an obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Sriprada Vinekar.

Periods cause other problems than just cramps. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Increased sebum production

Progesterone stimulates the production of sebum (skin oil), which can mix with dead skin cells and bacteria, leading to clogged pores and acne breakouts. As per a 2019 study published in the Brazilian Society of Dermatology Journal, androgens and estrogens stimulate the production of sebum and result in back acne during menstruation.

Also Read: How does your menstrual cycle impact your skin?

3. Inflammation

Hormonal changes that occur during periods may also cause inflammation. As per a 2020 study published in the Indian Journal of Natural Sciences, the inflammatory bacne appears red and swollen. They are formed either due to sebum or dead skin cells.

4. Poor hygiene or sweat

Sweating or a tendency to neglect regular skin care due to discomfort can contribute to acne formation on the back. Thus, it is very important to maintain hygiene during periods and keep yourself hydrated to avoid sweating to keep back acne at bay, recommends the expert.

5. Stress

Menstruation can also be associated with increased stress levels, which in turn can worsen acne. According to a study published in the Clinical, Cosmetic, Investigational Dermatology Journal, it is concluded that stress positively correlates with acne severity. Therapeutic approaches can be adjusted according to stress levels, and behavioural intervention, and could be an option in some cases.

Also Read: This is your ultimate guide to stress acne and how to deal with it

6. Clothing choices

Wearing tight clothes or non-breathable fabrics during periods can trap sweat and bacteria, promoting the development of acne. So, wear only light, loose, and breathable fabric during periods.

Home remedies to manage back acne during periods

Here are some of the effective home remedies to treat back acne caused by periods, as explained by the expert.

1. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective against acne. According to a 2023 study published in the Antioxidants MDPI Journal, tea tree oil is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and antioxidant properties that are good for decreasing inflammation and safe for treating acne.

How to use:

  • Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil and apply it to the affected areas using a cotton pad or swab.
  • Leave it on for a few hours or overnight before rinsing it off.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps balance the skin’s pH and has antibacterial properties.

How to use:

  • Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water, and apply this solution to your back using a cotton ball.
  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • Start with a more diluted solution if you have sensitive skin.

3. Aloe vera

Aloe vera has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm irritated skin and reduce redness associated with acne.

How to use:

  • Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly to your back and leave it on until it dries before washing it off.

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4. Turmeric paste

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can be beneficial for acne-prone skin. A study published in the Phytotherapy Research Journal shows that an active component of turmeric, curcumin, may be used medically to treat a variety of dermatologic diseases such as acne, alopecia, psoriasis, vitiligo, and facial photoaging.

How to use:

  • Make a paste using turmeric powder and water or honey, and apply it to your back.
  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.

5. Green tea

Green tea contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce acne, found a study published in Phytotherapy Research,

How to use:

  • Brew green tea and let it cool down, then apply it to your back using a cotton ball or spray bottle.
  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
A cup of green tea with mint leaves
Green tea may help you deal with back acne caused by periods. Image courtesy: Freepik

Are there any side effects of using these home remedies?

Home remedies for back acne, while often considered safe and natural, can still have potential side effects depending on the individual’s skin type and sensitivity. Here are some common side effects associated with certain home remedies for back acne, as explained by the expert.

1. Tea tree oil

  • When applied directly or to skin that is sensitive, tea tree oil’s strong potency can result in skin irritation, redness, burning, or itching.
  • Tea tree oil may cause more serious symptoms such as redness, edema, or hives in certain people.

2. Apple cider vinegar

  • Due to its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar may irritate or burn sensitive skin when applied undiluted.
  • Regular usage of apple cider vinegar might cause dryness or increased sensitivity by upsetting the skin’s natural pH balance.

3. Aloe vera

  • Some people may have an allergy to aloe vera, which causes itching, redness, or irritation of the skin.
  • Aloe vera can cause mild dryness or tightness in some individuals, particularly if used excessively.

4. Turmeric paste

  • Turmeric can temporarily make the skin yellow, which may be difficult to remove.
  •  Individuals allergic to turmeric may experience skin irritation, rash, or itching upon application.

5. Green tea

  • Green tea contains compounds that can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, leading to skin irritation or redness.
  • Green tea can make your skin dry, especially if used frequently or in a concentrated form.

Keep this in mind!

It is important to perform a patch test before using any new home remedy on your skin. Always use these remedies in moderation and follow recommended guidelines to minimise the risk of side effects. Also, when using these home remedies, it is essential to be consistent and patient, as natural remedies may take time to show results.

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