Back Acne or Bacne: Symptoms and Cures

Acne is not found just on one's face. Unfortunately, acne can be found just about anywhere on the body. An area where acne is often found is the body's back. Acne on the back is sometimes called "bacne." Back acne is similar to face acne. Sometimes back acne or bacne is also caused by excessive sebum excreted by the body accompanied by dirt and dust plugging the pores of the skin. Other factors that cause "bacne" are stress, tight fitting clothes, and perspiration. Although back acne is a common problem, there are many ways to get rid of stubborn “bacne.”

This inflammatory skin problem is more common to adult men than women. However, women can get occasional back acne outbreaks and are more conscious and embarrassed. Wearing tight fitting clothes like spandex can aggravate the bacteria that can provoke an acne outbreak.

There are several acne treatments sold today that have been proven effective. For unmanageable back acne, a dermatologist can prescribe oral medication like antibiotics to reduce skin inflammation and help the body combat bacteria that is causing the acne. Tretinion (Retin-A) has also been proven to be helpful in healing acne scars and reduce the breakouts of new pimples.

For common to milder cases of acne, here are a few simple steps:

  1. Take a refreshing shower. Make it a point to take a shower at least twice a day to wash away sweat even though you did not engage in a strenuous activity. If you are someone who rigorously works out and is active, do not let perspiration dry on your body. After your shower, towel dry your back completely. Change towels and bed sheets frequently -- at least once a week because they can harbor germs and bacteria.
  2. Use Mild Soap. Harsh soaps can make skin sensitive, and it can worsen the back acne condition. Lightly exfoliate skin twice a week to remove stubborn dirt and dead skin cells. Use a gentle or mild soap and rub lightly in circular motion.
  3. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. These two topical treatments are your best bet in fighting “bacne.” Benzoyl Peroxide should be applied at least twice a day for better results. However, excessive usage of Benzoyl Peroxide can make your skin dry and appear red with irritation. While using Salicylic Acid, be aware it peels off the top layer of the skin that prevents dead skin cell build-up.
  4. Moisturize your skin, including your back. This helps to prevent skin from drying and flaking.

There are several alternative, natural ways to cure back acne. Tea Tree Oil has proven remarkable in preventing breakouts. Tea Tree Oil can also keep skin moisturized and supple. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used, although it will need to be rinsed off or only apply directly to each individual pimple. It has an astringent effect that helps clear pores.

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Interesting Fact:

The back is a common area for acne to develop.

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