When compared to facial acne, there are more external factors to consider when trying to get rid of back acne. Bacne, refers to acne that, *spoiler alert*, develops on the back— and may appear as bumps, whiteheads, or blackheads. It’s more common than you might think.
Because the skin is thicker on the back than the face, so topical medications may not penetrate as well. And things like friction from clothing and backpacks, sweat buildup from workouts, and excess oil production during hot weather also impact getting and healing bacne.
There are several types of acne that can become a series regular on your back. Our Back Facial Treatment is designed to address them all:
- White heads - pores clogged with excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells
- Blackheads - whiteheads that have oxidized and turn a dark color
- Papules - aka: Pimples
- Pustules - contain a yellow- or white-ish fluid
- Nodules - deeper, firmer bumps located underneath the skin
- Cysts - larger, more painful lumps underneath the skin caused by deep-seated inflammation
- Fungal acne - clusters of pimples that are itchy
Learning what causes back acne and getting to the bottom of what might be triggering your particular brand of back breakouts, you’ll be better equipped to keep bacne at bay.
What is bacne?
In general, what causes back acne to form is a combination of excess oil, dead skin cells, and acne-causing bacteria that clogs pores and leads to inflammation. Like facial acne, genetics and hormones can play a role in who’s more prone to back acne.
Another factor that can contribute to back blemishes is a yeast (malassezia) that’s a natural part of the skin’s microbiome, but when there’s an overgrowth, it can lead to an infection of the hair follicles that can easily be mistaken for run-of-the-mill pimples.
What triggers back acne?
Two of the biggest players that determine how prone you are to bacne are genetics and hormones. Also…