Bacne is a common struggle, but it isn’t really talked about openly. Frankly, it doesn’t matter how severe the breakout is, the mere presence of bacne can be embarrassing. Sure, clothes or makeup can cover up back breakouts, but concealing them isn’t going to solve the problem.
The silver lining is that, just like the pimples you get on your face, you can treat and prevent bacne at home.
Read on to find out why back breakouts happen, how to get rid of back acne, and what you can do to prevent it in the first place.
WHAT CAUSES BACNE?
“Back acne can be due to hormonal changes, but is often exacerbated by sweat, which can increase certain bacterial populations on the skin and predispose it to more acne,” says Kavita Mariwalla, dermatologist and founder of Mariwalla Dermatology in West Islp, N.Y.
Other factors that Dr. Mariwalla says can cause back acne include: not showering daily, not showering immediately after working out, using harsh products (like apple cider vinegar), and using an anti-acne routine for only a few days (compliance is king for acne treatment!).