‘Bacne’ is a term used for acne located on your back. While it isn’t harmful, it can cause embarrassment and affect your self-esteem, especially if you want to wear backless tops or low-back dresses. For those who suffer with bacne, fear not! We are here to lend a helping hand and show you what effective treatments can alleviate this problem.

What causes bacne?

The back contains a large number of oil glands. Friction from clothes in this area combines oil, sweat and dirt into your pores which block them. These blockages result in the formation of blemishes and acne.

How can bacne be treated?

Bacne can be treated in several ways. First, you need to be aware of the following;

  • Wear loose cotton clothing when you work out – this will prevent friction from the material. Furthermore, cotton will absorb the sweat and oil produced during exercise, meaning it won’t block your pores and cause spots.
  • Avoid washing your hair in the shower – oil and grime from your hair can travel down your back as you wash it, affecting the upper back.
  • Use an antibacterial body wash or a tea tree wash to eliminate bacteria from your back and prevent new spots from forming.

What about professional treatments?

Professional treatments are highly effective for alleviating bacne. For instance, microdermabrasion helps to unblock clogged pores to prevent blemishes. Microdermabrasion is a treatment involving the use of non-allergenic crystals, which remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. These are removed via a small suction to reveal newer, smoother skin. Alternatively, you can try intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) which uses differing wavelengths of light to kill bacteria on the skin and help prevent acne outbreaks. Find your nearest SkinBase therapists offering these treatments here.

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