Back acne, popularly known as “bacne”, is one of the most common, yet rarely discussed skin diseases that affect individuals of all ages, and yes, that means beyond puberty years. Whether the case is mild with the occasional breakout or severe with cystic acnes spots, bacne can be uncomfortable, annoying and, overall, embarrassing.
In order for us to figure out how to treat bacne, we must first discuss how and why back acne occurs. Just like acne of the face and chest, back acne has similar causes, ranging from diet, hygiene and genetics. Bacne treatment is different for all individuals, as the causes are not all the same. Some people react differently to certain foods, clothing and products that can add to flare ups, so some treatments that work for one person may not be the end-all-be-all for another.
Considering the pores on our body are a lot larger than those found on the face, the chance of bacteria, sebum, and debris building up are greater. It’s also worth mentioning that we are constantly exposing our backs to constant irritation from tight clothing or bags. Our backs are one of the most difficult areas of the body to reach when self-cleansing, more often than not, neglecting certain areas of the back and not giving it enough TLC.
Since the skin on our back is a lot thicker than the skin on the face, it’s a lot more stubborn when attempting to treat. Topical creams only do so much as they can never penetrate the skin quite deep enough, which is why some people feel like they’ve tried every over-the-counter product that left them with no results.
What Causes Bacne?
More often than not, genetics tend to be the main driver behind acne and breakouts. However, this also spills over into the individual, as some people may have a family history of allergy or intolerance that can pass down and effect the condition of the skin.
The good part about hygiene is that you have complete and total control. Good hygiene is not only beneficial, but necessary for far more issues other than back acne. However, in this case, good hygiene and a consistent skin care regimen is extremely important, not only to clear up bacne but to ensure that you keep it at bay.
Just like hygiene, you also have complete control over your diet. It’s no secret that an excessive intake of sugar will more often than not lead to break. Additionally, one of the main causes for your back acne could potentially be linked to an unknown food allergy or intolerance.
Body acne is quite common amongst bodybuilders and extreme fitness fanatics due to their usage of hormonal enhancements. When using these products, testosterone is looking for a way to leave the body, what better way than to make a dramatic exit through the skin itself? This ultimately causes irritation, leading to back breakouts. However, it’s important to note that we all have certain levels of testosterone in the body, some more than others. Unfortunately, we can’t control the lulls and spikes, so technically the breakouts are practically unavoidable.
How To Cure Bacne?When researching all the ways on how to get rid of bacne, more often than not, people are looking for a holy grail, one step product that will clear up their issue in no time. However, treating and controlling bacne is oftentimes a multi-step, ongoing process, basically a lifestyle change, to help resolve the issue. The following tips may help decrease breakouts and keep them under control.
- Exfoliate Regularly
- Wear loose, breathable clothing
- Spot treat problematic spots
- Use acne spray for hard to reach areas
- Use specially formulated cleansers
- Cleansing spin brush with extender
- Shower twice a day with mild water
- If you have long hair, don’t let conditioned or wet hair lay on the back
- Don’t pick or pop breakouts
- Wash sheets and workout clothes once a week
- Schedule a back facial for a deep cleaning
If there seems to be no cure in sight, it is strongly recommended to visit a dermatologist to possibly cure the acne from the inside out with prescription. Some doctors even suggest seeing a dietician to rule out what could possibly be causing the flare ups.