There’s tonnes of information out there on acne – after all, it’s one of the most common skin condition affecting teenagers and adults alike. But what about acne that occurs elsewhere on the body?
Back acne, or ‘bacne’ is more common than you might have thought. While it’s totally normal to experience back and body acne, especially during your teenage years, it can often cause more discomfort and embarrassment than facial acne due to the lack of information out there. Here, we discuss what bacne is, why it happens and how you can treat it.
What is back acne?
Back acne has the same characteristics of facial ance, including the appearance of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, red spots, oily skin and even scarring. The severity can vary from a spot here and there, to breaking out in larger areas. While it’s most common among boys in puberty, some people may experience it in their late 20s and even 30s! No matter your age, there is no shame in having acne and treatment is available.
What causes bacne?
Just like the pimples on your face, there are many causes of this common skin condition. Most often, acne occurs when the glands produce an excess of oil and dead skin cells that are not removed block the hair follicles. Another common cause of bacne is an individual’s lifestyle habits, such as working out or having a labour intense job. Sweat that is left on the skin for too long can often lead to breakouts on the back and body.
How can I treat it?
Depending on the cause of your body breakouts, there are several ways to treat bacne. Firstly, it is recommended to start treating the affected body area with the same products and skincare routine that you would use for your face!
Cleanse the skin thoroughly with a cleanser containing ingredients like salicylic acid, such as the Balense Microdermal Gentle Cleanser. Combine this with the Balense Microdermal Cleansing Scrub once or twice a week to really remove any dead skin cells that might be blocking your pores.
If you’re someone who workouts out or generally sweats a lot, consider wearing loose-fitting clothing, especially during a workout, and always wash shortly after sweating.
If you’ve tried everything and your bacne persists, treatment with microdermabrasion can be an effective solution. Microdermabrasions aren’t just for the face and can be used on other areas such as the back to reduce and treat the occurrence of acne. Likewise, laser treatments can be used to target the scarring left from the condition.
If you would like more information on acne treatments and packages at Australian Skin Clinics, visit one of our experiences dermal technicians at your local clinic today.