Understanding Back Acne
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: July 15th, 2010 Comments: 2

As if having acne on the face isn’t enough, one also has to deal with acne on his or her back. Acne breakouts on the back are the second most likely place one will have acne apart from the face. It doesn’t help that the skin is thicker on the back than on the face, making ‘bacne,’as it is sometimes referred to, more difficult to treat.

How Back Acne Develops

How does one develop acne on his or her back? It’s not really different from how acne develops on the face. Sebum (oil) is produced in excess and starts clogging the pores, causing acne to develop. It’s the simplest way of describing how acne breakouts occur. Acne that develops on the back can be problematic because of the fact that the oil glands on the back are larger than those on the face. The fact of the matter is that the larger the oil glands, the bigger the acne problems are.

There are also other contributing factors that could make acne breakouts on one’s back even worse. One’s back constantly rubs against a variety of things like clothing that can irritate the skin. This constant rubbing, combined with sweat and an overproduction of sebum, will most likely lead to ‘bacne’ breakouts.

How to Treat Back Acne

There are many ways to cure back acne. The conventional way of doing it is by using creams and ointments that aim to get rid of acne. These treatments include salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Regular application of any of these treatments will generally be enough to eliminate light acne breakouts.

Using a gentle exfoliating body wash and soft loofa will also help to remove impurities from the pores of the skin. Dead skin cells, oil, and acne-causing bacteria get trapped in the pores, causing acne to worsen so it’s recommended to gently exfoliate the body in the shower 1 to 2 times a day.

If one’s back acne is severe, it is recommended to visit the dermatologist. He or she can diagnose what the best course of action is for one’s specific type of acne. Dermatologists are able to prescribe medications and cleansing solutions not sold to the general public.

Remember that nothing beats utilizing a holistic approach towards an acne problem. There’s often a deeper cause to what causes acne than just an overproduction of sebum by one’s oil glands. A holistic approach is a lifestyle change for the better and isn’t just for curing one’s acne but for living a healthy life in general that will exude through your skin.

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  • rekha - January 28, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Could you please tell me how can I get even skin tone and cure for LICHEN PLANUS scars.

  • Michelle - December 3, 2013 at 4:39 am - Reply

    The best thing for me was using apple cider vinegar mixed with water. It took like two months to see results, and it had a strong smell, but it was worth it. Just don’t use it right before going out.

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