6 Ways To Remove Back Acne To Bring Sexy Back

How to remove back acne

Having back acne (a.k.a. bacne) is something we can all relate to, living in this tropical, sweat-inducing weather. And it’s just as annoying as the acne on our face. Plus, the recent outburst of off-shoulders and open-back tops are not exactly helping either.

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So why do we get back acne? Well, it could be from…

  • Not showering
    Especially after your workouts or those cooling dips in the pool. We hope you didn’t forget to shower daily.
  • From your clothes
    Sometimes the detergent you’re using has a lot of fragrance causing irritation to your skin if it’s not washed out completely. Also, it could be the synthetic fabric of your top that traps sweat which in turn, triggers the acne.
  • Dirty sheets
    Our bedsheets collect dust, dead skin, and oil on a daily basis so it’s probably time to give it a good wash if your back acne is still not reducing.
  • Lacking sun protection
    Plus, we tend to forget to slap some SPF on our back since it’s not an easy area to reach. Too much exposure to the Sun’s harmful UV rays will damage your skin which poses a higher risk of acne.

But no worries! You can try out these 6 solutions to get rid of back acne so you’ll be bringing sexy back in no time!

1. Shower with a pH-balanced and medicated body wash

Get an oil-free body wash which contains either 2% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide (not suitable for sensitive skin). Use it after you’re done with your shampoo/conditioner so you’re left with a clean back. Any leftover hair products will cause more irritation to your back acne. Do shower immediately after your workouts to prevent the sweat and grime from clogging your skin too.

2. Exfoliate!

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But don’t scrub too hard because that’ll make the acne more inflamed. You could use a sponge or a gentle body scrub and rub it in circular motions once or twice a week to remove the dead skin cells and dirt stuck in your follicles.

3. Spot treatment

Go for acne creams or gel that may contain 2.5 – 10% benzoyl peroxide, 0.5 to 2% salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids which are found in certain face acne creams too so if you have that, use it to spot treat. For a more holistic approach, try these:

  • Dilute 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of pure aloe vera gel. Use a cotton bud to apply it.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water then apply it with a cotton ball or put it in a spray bottle for easier application.

4. Use SPF

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Arm yourself no matter where you are. Get the spray-on sunscreen so it’s easier to apply on your back. Since the Sun darkens your skin, not having protection on your back will darken the back acne creating a scar which is something you’ll want to avoid. Also, if you’re using certain acne treatments, it might not settle well under the Sun so it’s best to keep it covered.
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5. Do your laundry more often

It’s a dreadful task but for a sexy back, do it we must! Thoroughly wash your clothes and especially your bed sheets and pillow covers. You can try changing to a milder or fragrance-free detergent if you have sensitive skin. If you’re using bleach, be sure to rinse it clean to avoid more irritation.

6. Limit your sugar and dairy intake

Instead, keep a more balanced diet and load up on more veggies and water. Studies have shown that low-glycemic index foods such as whole grains and fruits help to reduce acne.

If your back acne still persists, it’ll be wise to consult a professional to find the cause and the right treatment to solve your back acne blues.


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Sources: Wikihow.com, Marieclaire.co.uk, Allure.com, Stylecaster.com, GQ.com