Acne on the back (commonly known as “bacne”) is a common, albeit annoying problem.
It can be more stubborn than facial acne, despite the fact that the underlying causes are the same.
How to Treat Bacne
Getting rid of bacne begins with gentle, anti-acne skin care products that cleanse, help control acne and prevent future breakouts, plus cut through excess oil to unclog pores and banish bumps. The second thing to remember is to be consistent.
The best bacne products are fragrance free and don’t contain ingredients that can irritate skin, which will only make the redness and oil components of back acne worse.
Instead, you need gentle products formulated with proven acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
- Cleanse your back with a gentle, fragrance-free body wash.
- Apply a lotion medicated with benzoyl peroxide to fight existing acne and prevent future breakouts. For mild to moderate acne, a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment should do the trick. Those with more stubborn, severe acne can benefit from a 5% concentration. Higher concentrations have not been shown to be more affective but can be more irritating to skin.
- Follow with a light misting of an alcohol-free acne body spray, specially formulated with 2% salicylic acid to make treating bacne fast and easy.
A bonus is that Salicylic acid can also help fade the look of post-acne marks, making it an all-around superstar ingredient for fighting acne.
Remember, bacne is stubborn and may not respond to over the counter treatments. If your bacne doesn’t respond well to skin care after a month or two of daily use, consult your dermatologist about oral and topical prescription products to use along with your skin care routine. This combination is the best approach if your bacne pimples are large, painful, and deep beneath skin’s surface.
Here’s to your perfect skin!