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Acne on Our Backs

Why Do We Get Acne on Our Backs?

With the warm weather hopefully making a reappearance, you’ll want to dress comfortably in tops with thin straps. And, of course, you want to look great in your bikini (even if it is just in the back garden at the moment!) But, what do you do if you’ve got acne on your back? What causes it and how can we treat it? 

What Causes Us To Get Acne On Our Backs?

One of the most common causes of back acne is the production of too much oil. The upper body has more oil glands than the lower body and that’s why you tend to have spots and acne breakouts on your upper back. Too much oil blocks your pores.

How Can We Treat It?

One of the important things to do if you have acne is to keep your skin clean and dry. That means if you run or workout, make sure you shower as soon as possible after finishing your workout to avoid the sweat on your back clogging up your pores. 

Always wash your gym clothes after one wear and if you can put on loose clothing which doesn’t stick to your skin.

When you’re in the shower and you wash your hair, take care that the residue of shampoo and conditioner doesn’t run down your back. Again, this clogs your pores. Rinsing your hair with your head in a forward position will help to avoid this.

Exfoliating your back is important too. Buy a long-handled natural bristle brush and use a mild cleanser to get rid of dead skin cells and clean blocked pores. Do this at least twice a week.


Another great way to exfoliate your skin is to have microdermabrasion treatments. Microdermabrasion will go much deeper than you can with a brush and regular sessions will help to reduce spots and break-outs in hard-to-reach areas. 


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