How to Get Rid of Back Acne (Bacne)

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Keep the skin of your back clean to avoid back acne.
Keep the skin of your back clean to avoid back acne. (Image: Anthony Ong/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Acne on the back, sometimes known as bacne, can be particularly difficult to fight. A pimple on this part of the body forms the same way that a pimple on the face does, and for the same reasons: genetics, hormonal changes, and exposure to dirt, oil and pressure. When bacteria get trapped in pores of the skin, the skin erupts in the form of a pimple.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-handled loofah or sponge
  • Deep cleansing scrub
  • Acne treatment product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid

Practice good personal hygiene and keep the skin of your back clean. Use a loofah or a sponge with an elongated handle to scrub hard-to-reach places on your back when you bathe.

Use a deep cleansing scrub on acne-prone areas to remove any bacteria on your back or trapped inside your pores.

Treat a bacne outbreak with an over-the-counter medicated acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as the main ingredient. Such treatments have been shown to be effective in eliminating acne of all types.

Wear clean clothes, and take care with any item that touches your back. Avoid wearing dirty T-shirts, and change your bedsheets, blankets and pillows regularly. Sweat and bacteria get caught in the fabric of clothing and can cause back acne to spread.

Avoid tight clothing and anything that puts pressure on bacne-prone areas. Wear loose, unconstrictive shirts. Consider whether backpack or handbag straps, tight bras and other items are putting constant pressure on your skin. Pressure can rub sweat, dirt and bacteria in your pores, leading to acne and other blemishes.

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