Simple Ways to Prevent and Treat Back Acne


There are several ways to prevent and treat back acne. Bacne, a short term for back acne, is just like any ordinary forms of acne. It can appear as pimples, blackheads, pustules or in severe cases it would look like an acne cyst. Male, female, teenagers or adult, back acne does not have a particular range of age nor gender, and can affect anyone. 

While ‘bacne’ isn’t a word you’ll find in the dictionary, if you’ve got it you know the term. It refers to back acne, those annoying acne outbreaks on your back. Back acne usually first appears during puberty and is often outgrown by your early 20s, but can, unfortunately, persist beyond these years.

So what’s the deal with back acne?

Your back is a very large area of skin, and that means it’s also a very large area of oil secretions. Your back pores become clogged with skin cells and the oil is unable to escape as normal. This causes inflammation that becomes back acne.

Back acne can also be triggered when heat and sweat is trapped against the body, and when your skin is irritated by friction. If you’re frequently wearing athletic equipment, tight-fitting clothing, backpacks or anything similar, you might be prone to bacne.


Prevention is oftentimes the best medicine. Here are 3 tips to help prevent the occurence of bacne.

1. Wear cool clothes in natural fibers to prevent perspiration. This is a vital way to prevent back acne. Change clothes if you have perspired too much on it to prevent further back acne build up.

2. After doing any vigorous activity, you probably give off sweat, including sweat on your back. Take a shower immediately or if not possible, wipe your perspiration using towels with soft fabric such as cotton.

3. Pat dry you skin after taking a shower. Do not rub the towel. It might irritate your skin and cause inflammation on your back acne.


Sometimes, bacne cannot be helped. You can experience a mild case to a more persistent case requiring professional intervention.

Here are a few treatment options:

1. If your back acne is not yet severe, you may still use anti-bacterial cleansers that are designed for facial acne. Nowadays, there are also anti-acne soaps that can be used not just for the face but for body as well. Avoid using regular soap. These soaps may not meet the demands that your sensitive skin needs.

2. Avoid carrying back packs until your back acne clears up. This would prevent your back from heating up, which results to more perspiration and breeding ground for bacteria that causes back acne.

3. One of the best ways on how to cure back acne properly is to use gels or creams containing at least 10 percent benzoyl peroxide. They can be bought at drugstores without a prescription. Studies show that benzoyl peroxide works better when used with products having alpha-hydroxy. This will heal and dry up back acne two times faster.

4. Exfoliate once a week. If you don’t want to spend money on buying expensive body scrubs, you may use a homemade sugar scrub on the affected areas instead, to take off all those dead skin cells. 

5. In the case of very severe or persistent back acne, seek professional help. This is nothing to be ashamed about, as bacne is a common condition.

At Pretty Faces Atlanta, we are here to help people suffering from this kind of skin problem. Depending on the severity of your condition, we can provide options to help alleviate your bacne and return your back to naturally clear skin.