Acne breakouts are a condition of the skin. So it shouldn't be any wonder if it is also found in the areas of the body because the entire body is covered by skin. Although the most common site for acne breakouts are the face, this too could appear in the back. The only good thing about having back acne is that you can always cover it. The downside however, isn't being able to go sexy when an event calls for it, nor be confident enough to join in recreational activities such as swimming. It is undeniable that wherever it may appear, it results in low self-esteem.



What can cause acne on the face causes back acne too. They are generally on the skin which means that sebum production can also be there. Sebum is the oily substance that the sebaceous glands of our skin produce. This helps keep our skin moisturized. However, overproduction of this substance can lead to acne. Bacteria are easily attracted and could then cause inflammation which is now your pimple. As pimples grow in number, with the help of dirty hands and poor hygiene, acne breakouts are now your problem.

As stated before, this does not only happen to your face but with other parts of your body too. Back acne more commonly appears at the back and also the upper torso. These areas convey more sebaceous glands than other areas of the body, so there's a higher possibility for acne to occur. Back acne is not brought on by any type of clothing nor accessory that you have, but they could aggravate or worsen what little body acne you've. Rubbing or pressure can further irritate the already inflamed follicles.

Sweat is also a contributing factor to back acne. You have to keep your body free from sweat and as clean as possible to lessen bacteria. Avoid using a loofah as this could lead to more irritation. A body wash that contains salicylic acid works better than scrubbing the area.


Even though it can be covered, we still want to get rid of back acne. There are a number of ways to do this, you just have to be patient and you have to become persistent. If you do not stick to your treatment, it would you need to be a waste of your time and money in the first place.

Since bacteria is one of our culprits here, we need to keep our body clean. A body wash for acne has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that helps eliminate bacteria and prevents inflammation of the pores. Alongside that treatment, you may also use gels or creams that are being sold over-the-counter. Or if you want a more precise and particular regimen, consult a dermatologist.

To avoid back acne from recurring or to prevent further inflammation, avoid tight clothes and apparel that will cause a lot of friction lying on your back. Loose clothes made of cotton allows your skin to “breathe” and thus, less sweating will occur. Try to shower a couple of times daily, because if you need to do more than that, it might aggravate the current condition. Eat a balanced diet to keep your body and your skin healthy.



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