Feeling confident in a skin-baring dress or top can be challenging, especially if you have back acne.
What causes back acne?
When the body produces more oil and sweat, the combination of both can cause back acne. This tends to worsen during warmer weather, especially during summer when you throw in sunscreen into the mix.
These breakouts are a little different from the acne you get on your face. Back acne (or bacne, as some people call it) is called folliculitis, which occurs when the hair follicles of the skin become infected.
The acne lesions that can occur on your back include whiteheads, blackheads, papules (small pink bumps), and pustules (white or yellow pus-filled papule).
How do you prevent back acne?
The main factors that predispose you to developing back acne are hormones and genetics—both of which are out of your control. However, you can reduce your chances of developing them by:
- Limiting use of oil-based skin products. Try not to use oily products on your back, which can lead to acne flare-ups.
- Eliminating pressure on your back. Carrying backpacks or wearing sports equipment that puts pressure on the back can trigger certain types of acne breakouts.
- Avoiding certain medications. Some drugs are known to increase your chances of developing acne, including androgens and lithium. Talk to your doctor about possible alternatives if you are taking these medications.
- Showering immediately after exercising. Avoid leaving sweat-soaked clothing on your skin. The sweat, oil, and other debris from the skin surface can clog the pores on your back and cause bacne.
- The pores on your back are larger than the ones on your face, making them more prone to congestion. Use an exfoliating cleanser 2-3 times a week to keep pores free of dead skin and bacteria.
How do you treat back acne?
If you already have bacne, you can manage it by:
- Practicing good skin care. Wash your skin with a gentle soap or cleanser. Take a shower after working out. Keep your hair clean and make sure to rinse off thoroughly. Also, avoid picking on back acne lesions and excessive sun exposure.
- Use a topical treatment. Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Back Acne Spray has Hydroxy Acids that target unsightly back acne by removing dead skin cells build up that causes blemishes and breakouts. It also helps lessen acne caused by blockage of pores due to dirt and impurities. To use, spray directly onto affected areas of the back after bathing. Tip: you can also use the spray for chest acne.