Bacne | All about back acne and remedies

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Today I’m back with another skincare post, this time a bit more summer-related. We tend to wear more open back or strapless tops and dresses in the summer, exposing our backs, and bacne can make us uncomfortable to do so. I’ve put together a useful blog post about what is bacne and how to treat it.

What is bacne?

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Back acne, also known as bacne, is the result of dead skin cells and oil (sebum), accumulating within the pores in the skin, combined with an overgrowth of a common skin bacteria, which triggers an inflammatory response.

Why do we get bacne?

Bacne is commonly associated with sports activities, mainly due to sweat and athletic gear & clothing friction. It can also be hormonal or food-related.

Different types of bacne

Similarly to face acne, we know 6 different types of back acne:

How to prevent bacne?

The first step to getting rid of back acne is preventing new ones from forming. There are many different reasons as to why we get them and it differs from one person to another, but this is a general guide of what can be the reason:

How to treat bacne?

Now, for the most important part – how to treat back acne. There are many different ways to treat it, depending on the severity and the cause of acne. First, try eliminating the above-listed factors on how to prevent bacne and wait to see some improvement. If the bacne persists, you can try some of these treatments:

My personal favorite bacne products

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La Roche-Posay Effeclar

I have been struggling with bacne ever since I got off the pill and started working out regularly. The back acne gradually improved as I started showering immediately after working out with a non-comedogenic body wash from La Roche-Posay.

I use the Effeclar body wash once or twice per week – it’s a gentle exfoliant with salicylic acid which acts as a chemical peel for dead skin, which helps stop the process of new acne emerging. It also helps remove the excess sebum and is perfect for the summer. I would recommend it for combination and oily skin, not appropriate for dry skin in my opinion.

For the winter, I like to use the La Roche-Posay Lipikar body wash, which is a cleansing oil, but it works wonders for my combination skin that gets really dry in the wintertime. It gently cleans the skin without causing irritation and it contains niacinamide, which helps battle acne. My skin has got more sensitive towards the regular, scented body washes and my upper arms get really red after using them, but ever since I switched over to this body wash I haven’t noticed any redness or irritation + it helped my bacne!

Washing your back can be difficult so purchasing a back scrubber with soft, natural material bristles can be very beneficial as well. When showering, make sure to be extra gentle with your back acne. Our natural instinct is always to apply more pressure in order to clean the infected area more thoroughly, but this can actually cause more irritation and resolve into more acne.

That’s all for today’s blog post, I hope you’ve learned something new and that these tips will help you! Come back soon for a new post and check out more of my skincare related posts x

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