Back Acne: How To Get Rid Of It

Jun. 8
Unfortunately, pesky pimples can pop up anywhere on your body at any age—including your back. Back acne, or bacne as it’s more commonly referred to, can be debilitating and embarrassing but the experts are sharing how to get rid of bacne once and for all so you can feel fresh and confident. 
What Is Back Acne?
So, let’s talk about bacne (acne on your back). According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the US, affecting anywhere from 40-50 million Americans at any given time. That’s a lot of pimples! Pimples start appearing during puberty and can continue to pop up well into your adult life. They can appear virtually anywhere sweat glands are located—on your face, neck, chest, and your back. Back acne, like regular acne, if left untreated, can cause scarring and discoloration, so it’s best to take care of this condition ASAP. As pesky as bacne can be, we’re here to tell you that it’s pretty easy to get rid of and actually preventable (in other words...we have your back!). 
What Causes It?
A variety of different things can cause acne, so it’s important to understand why it occurs. Our bodies produce an oily like substance called sebum. This sebum is made in the glands that are connected to our hair follicles. Sebum travels up the hair follicle and its main goal is to protect our skin from external factors and dehydration. It can also add moisture to the skin and hair and help keep it smooth, soft, and supple. So, where do pimples come in to play? We’re glad you asked! When extra sebum and dead skin cells build up and clog or block your pores, the follicle walls swell, forming a white or blackhead pimple. 
The most common causes of back acne are:
  • Hormones - Androgen hormones increase during puberty and are often the cause of acne in teens. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also contribute to acne formation.
  • Genetics - Sometimes, we’re just born with it. 
  • Medication - Several medications including antidepressants and drugs containing corticosteroids can cause a flare up.
  • Stress - Increased stress on the body is never good. While it’s not a direct cause, it can contribute to the worsening of your acne. 
  • Sweat - While some people believe poor hygiene has a large part in the formation of acne, it’s simply not true. Sweat, if trapped under clothing that is too tight and unbreathable can make your acne worse. 
  • Diet - Some research has suggested a poor diet can worsen acne. Foods rich in carbohydrates, including bread and chips, may increase oil production.
How to Get Rid of Back Acne
Now that we’ve figured out what can cause your bacne, it’s time we help you banish the blemishes for good. Whether you’re eradicating eruptions or preventing pustules, our experts recommend trying these smart tips to help clear your skin: 
Switch up your shower products.
Ditch the overly scented shower gels for products containing either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These two ingredients zap zits and aggressively kill the bacteria that causes the back breakouts. Acids can prevent dead skin cell buildup and unblock pores to gently and effectively battle your bacne.
Shower after a workout.
Get out of those sweaty clothes ASAP post gym time! The hair follicles in your back can trap sweat and bacteria after an intense workout, which causes those annoying bumps. Ditch the sweaty sports bra and shower as soon as you can. Try wearing loose fitting workout gear to minimize friction.
Use an exfoliating scrub and brush.
Sometimes it can be hard to reach back there! Grab a long handled sponge brush and an exfoliating scrub and get to work. The brush can ensure your back is being thoroughly cleansed while the exfoliating scrub buffs and sloughs away dead skin.
Reach for a topical treatment.
Charcoal and clay masks as well as targeted spot treatments aren’t just for your face. Look for acne treatments that come in a convenient spray to get to the hard to reach areas and a few quick swipes of a cleansing pad packed with salicylic acid can fight breakouts while gently cleansing.   
Visit your dermatologist.
If all else fails, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Your dermatologist is a pro, and she can offer a more aggressive treatment including prescription creams or ointments. You can also opt for oral prescriptions like Isotretinoin or Spironolactone which both suppress oil production. 
Just like pimples that pop up on your face, we promise your bacne is common and easy to handle once you follow our smart tips. Bring on the warm weather, tank tops and low cut dresses! Have you tried any of these products for bacne? Did they work for you?  
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