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Back Acne - Treatment and Prevention


Back Acne - Treatment and Prevention (Skyn Stories By Dr Meenu Sethi)


Acne takes place when pores or hair follicle become clogged with dead skin and oil, therefore acne can form anywhere with the exception of feet and palms. These are the only two parts that do not have sebaceous glands, responsible for the production of sebum, oil and hair follicle. Back acne also known as bacne is a result of overactive oil glands, excess dead skin cells and a proliferation of acne-causing bacteria. The pores on the back are more likely to be clogged as the skin on your back has larger pores. It tends to form on the back, upper arms and the buttocks. They are not painful, but can be irksome when it comes to wearing backless or carry backpacks. Usually, men get more pimples on the back and women get pimples more on the face.


There is a high chance that your back acne is very thick if you have acne on your face. Bacne occurs around puberty due to too much production of sebum. It can clog the pores and hair follicle attracting bacteria, which can lead to acne. Sweating can also clog pores and lead to breakouts. The friction caused by certain attires such as athletic pads, purse straps, backpacks, too-snug collars and tight-fitting clothes may also aggravate existing back acne. Bed sheets and other things that are constantly in touch with your skin that can absorb oils and dirt, provides a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacne can take place in several forms


Cyst - It is larger and pus-filled acne that is very tender and can scar the skin.

Papules - Acne lesions that are painful and appear as small pink bumps on your skin.

Pustules - They are yellow or white pus-filled papule with a redness.

Blackheads - They are the result of oil and dead skin cells getting stuck in a pore and mix with bacteria. They turn black when exposed to air.

Red Pimples - They develop when blackheads become inflamed.


Home Remedies

It is better to treat bacne as soon as possible so they do not get enough time to cause acne scars. Bacne is treatable by making some modifications in daily skin care routine-


  • Don’t Forget Your Back - This is really strange how most people forget to clean their back as it is not easy to reach. But it is really important to keep it clean as it helps to keep the follicles clean and unclogged, making them less vulnerable to acne.


  • Exfoliate - Exfoliation is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells that tend to build up on the back of the arms, buttocks and back. You can use electronic scrubber or a scrubber with natural bristles for this purpose.

  • Cleansing and Moisturizing - Wash your body with a body wash having 2% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide and concentrate on the areas with pimples. Leave it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing to get rid of the oil. As salicylic acid dries out your skin, use a non-comedogenic lotion after cleansing.

  • Use Retinol - Apply retinol cream on your back at night to exfoliate your skin and prevents breakouts in tough places.

  • Apply Aloe Vera - Aloe vera has regenerative, antifungal, emollient and astringent properties, which can control fluid discharge by contraction of blood vessels, giving you a soft and smooth skin.

  • Avoid Certain Medications - Some drugs known as lithium and androgens, can enhance your chances of developing acne. Visit your dermatologist to know more about possible alternative treatments.

  • Water - Drink 7-8 glasses of water every day so that the toxins are flushed out of your body.

  • Wear Sunblock - Always use a good sunblock, SPF 40 and above over your back whenever you are wearing low cut tops, tube tops, backless tops, it will not just protect your skin from strong UV rays but will also prevent bacne from scarring.

  • Buy Stronger Ingredients - Use stronger formulas to treat bacne than you would buy to treat acne on the face as the skin is thicker on the back of arms, back and bottom.

  • Irritating Clothes - Sports bra is great for working out, but can irritate the hair follicle and cause red bumps. Take a shower after workout as sweat can clog pores, causing acne. Try to avoid tight-fitting clothes and instead wear breathable, clean and loose clothes.

  • Change Your Detergent - The laundry detergent may be irritating for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Opt for a detergent that is unscented or designed for babies with more sensitive skin.

  • Healthy Diet - Increase your intake of vitamins A, C, and E in your diet. Take lots of green vegetables and citrus fruits in your diet.

  • Proper Sleep - Take 7-8 hours of sleep every day to keep your hormones balanced and oil secretion controlled.

  • Avoid Popping - Avoid popping or picking your back acne just as with facial acne. This can cause more inflammation and scarring.

  • Avoid Stress - Stress can throw hormones out of control, cause increased blood flow and enlargement of capillaries, which makes skin look red and inflamed. The adrenal glands produce more male hormones, which in turn enlarge oil glands making them overactive, leading to a breakout.

Avoid Excessive Smoking, Coffee and Alcohol - Alcohol reduces the size of your skin pores and coffee can stimulate the oil glands of your skin. Smoking also damages the surface of the skin, causing blocked pores and dead cells.


It may take a time to clear back acne, you have to be very consistent with medication and daily care routine. Visit your dermatologist if you don’t see any results. He will examine both your skin and acne breakouts to create a personalized treatment routine for you to follow.


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