While there’s plenty of information out there about acne on the face, what about acne that occurs elsewhere on the body?
Back acne, or ‘bacne’, is a condition that affects many people and can cause embarrassment, itching and discomfort. Having bacne can also affect self-image and elevate stress levels. It’s not just teenagers who can experience pimples on the back either–it can happen to adults too!
Since there’s less information out there about this common condition, let’s discuss what it is, reasons why it occurs and how you can treat it.
What is back acne?
Much like facial acne, bacne is characterised by the appearance of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, red spots, oily skin and even scarring. You may experience just a few spots or breakouts that cover larger areas. While it’s most common in boys during puberty, it can affect both males and females in their 20s and even 30s. There’s no need to feel ashamed of acne and there are ways to treat those annoying pimples and spots on your back.
What causes bacne?
There are various reasons why you might experience back acne. Your body produces an oil called sebum which can build up along with dead skin cells, causing blockages in the hair follicles.
Although your genetics, hormones and medications can play a role, bacne is often caused by lifestyle habits, such as working out or having a labour intense job. Sweat that is left on the skin for too long or trapped under clothing can lead to breakouts on the back and body.
How can I treat bacne?
If you’re worried about pimples or blackheads on your back, rest assured that there are ways to treats the spots and improve the appearance of your skin.
Cleanse the skin
Keeping the skin clean is the best way to start. Make sure you shower as soon as possible after exercise or doing anything that causes you to sweat. You can actually use the same skincare that you would use on your face! Choose acne-friendly products that are not too harsh as they can make the condition worse.
Cleanse the skin gently but thoroughly with a cleanser such as the Balense Hydrating Gentle Cleanser. Combine this with the Balense Exfoliating Cleanser two or three times a week to really remove any dead skin cells that might be blocking your pores.
Keep clothes clean and fresh
It’s a good idea to ensure your workout clothes are washed after each session and to change your clothes if you have been sweating.
Avoid tight clothing and anything that rubs
Wear loose-fitting or moisture-wicking clothing to help reduce the amount of sweat on the skin. If you wear a backpack or carry a shoulder bag, consider a handheld bag instead to reduce irritation on your skin. Pop long hair up in a bun or ponytail during workouts to reduce the oil on your skin too.
Don’t pick or pop
Resist the urge to pick and pop pimples, whiteheads and blackheads, even on your back. This can spread bacteria, make acne worse and lead to scarring.
Choose the right sunscreen
It’s important to protect skin from the sun as it can actually make acne worse. Cover up by wearing a non-comedogenic sunscreen such as Balense UV Defiance SPF 50+ Lotion that won’t clog your pores.
Consider professional treatment
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. Our High-Performance Microdermabrasion includes some extractions as part of the treatment as well. Similarly, Fraxel laser treatments can be used to target the scarring left from the condition.
If you would like more information on acne treatments and packages, book a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced dermal technicians at Australian Skin Clinics. Contact us and book today.