Young girl with acne, with red spots on the back

 Bacne as it is popularly known. It can leave a man embarrassed about removing his shirt in front of a lady or at the swimming pool. The first thing you’ll need to do is ascertain what’s causing it; then you can begin treatment.

Causes of Bacne

  • Shampoo, soap and body wash.

    Many soaps and shampoos contain ingredients with the potential to clog pores and create spots on your back. Eliminate anything fancy or scented and stick to plain washes for sensitive skin such as Sanex. Use soaps Specially made for treating back acne like Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Body Wash or Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash.

  • Hair products .

   If you wear hair products and live in warmer climes, your gel/wax/spray can melt during the day and slowly trickle down your back and into your pores. This will cause breakouts of spots all over your upper back. Try minimizing the amount of product you use in your hair and see if it makes a difference. At night, be sure to thoroughly wash your hair clean of any product. Washing twice should do the trick.

  • Hygiene .

It is surprising to see how some men overlook the basic rules of hygiene. Shower daily and/or after working out, wear a clean shirt every day, and make sure any towel you use on your body is clean and bone dry; the same goes for your bed sheets.

  • Exercise .

If you’re a man that likes to work out, bear in mind that tight fitting clothes will only exacerbate the thousands of sebaceous glands on your back with excessive warmth and sweat. Remedy this by wearing a clean cotton shirt when exercising and remember to shower immediately afterwards! A lot of guys sit around in their sweaty shirt for hours after a workout, and this breeds bacteria and break-outs on their back.

  • Internal factors.

If you’ve eliminated any offending soaps, shampoos or dirty towels and your problem is still persistent, you have bacne caused by either hormones or pores clogged by the accumulation of dead skin cells.

How to get rid of Back Acne

  • Wash your body properly:

   Everybody knows that acne is not a question of hygiene. It has nothing to do with how often you shower. But you may want to pay close attention to certain ingredients when purchasing your shower gel. To eliminate acne, salicylic acid is a major player and very effective. Some specialized shower gels contain up to two percent salicylic acid, which is enough to purify and treat blocked pores.

  • Exfoliate:

   The body’s pores are larger and tend to accumulate more sebum and impurities. Because your back has more sebaceous (oil-producing) glands than any other area of the body, which means it produces more of the skin’s natural oil, increasing the likelihood of developing body acne in these areas. Exfoliating on a regular basis is also important since the skin cells on the back may not slough off as efficiently as needed and that pile-up can aggravate acne. You want to properly unclog them. This essential step allows you to remove dead skin that blocks your pores and can create blackheads or even ingrown hairs. Choose a body scrub with harder microbeads than facial scrubs, and enjoy a relaxing exfoliation two to three times a week.

  • Swap your body wash;

   That ultra-creamy, coconut-scented shower gel may feel seriously, but if it doesn’t contain zit-zapping ingredients such as salicylic acid (a BHA that exfoliates the skin’s surface layer and unblocks pores of sebum and dead skin), glycolic acid (an AHA that dissolves the upper layer of dead skin cells to prevent spots and to blur red marks left behind by acne), and

lactic acid (also an AHA with the same skin-smoothing, spot-preventing credentials as glycolic acid, just a little gentler on skin), then it might not be doing your body acne any good.

‘Acids like these prevent dead skin cells from building up and blocking your pores.

  • Shower right after working out:

    One of the reasons back acne happens is because we’re busy being so awesome and healthy working up a sweat! “Breakouts on the back and body can be exacerbated by working out or sweating more,” explains Renée. Shower right after exercise to clean sweat that causes clogged pores on your back. The bacteria responsible for causing acne thrive on sweaty skin. ‘It’s important to remove your gym clothes and shower as soon as possible after a workout.

  • Practice good skin care:

   When you have back acne, it’s especially important to properly care for your skin. This includes regularly washing your skin with a gentle cleanser, taking a shower after you exercise, keeping your hair clean (make sure you thoroughly rinse off any hair conditioner in the shower), not squeezing or picking back acne lesions, and avoiding excessive sun exposure.

  • Try cleansing pad:

   Even when you think you’ve gotten your body squeaky clean, one swipe of these cleansing pads can reveal trapped dirt and oil. The discs are saturated with salicylic acid, so they fight breakouts while cleansing. Get a pal to help you rub them on your back.

  •  Don’t let conditioner sit on your back:

    Sometimes how we wash our hair is to blame for back acne. When conditioner-coated hair sits directly on our backs, it seeps into the skin and that can actually be the cause of back and body acne. So the answer to how to get rid of back acne might be as simple as clipping your hair up if you’re going to let a conditioner sit in it for a bit. It’s also important to keep it off your back after the shower, too. Even though you’ve rinsed, the freshly conditioned hair can irritate sensitive, acne prone skin.

   

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