Eliminate Backne (Back Acne) and Cleanse Pores

Back acne can be isolated to one spot on the back or spread all over.  Getting rid of it isn't easy, but is possible!
Back acne can be isolated to one spot on the back or spread all over. Getting rid of it isn't easy, but is possible! | Source

Backne (or back acne) is an irritating skin condition that occurs when the pores on your back become clogged due to overactive sebaceous glands

Sebaceous glands secrete an oily or waxy matter called sebum that lubricates the skin in animals and humans. Backne rears it's ugly head when dead skins cells sloth off and mix with sebum matter and create bacteria that seeps into skin and pores. It takes a little patience to get rid of back acne, but with a good diet and a healthy cleansing routine it is possible to clear up the condition. The tips below can be used to combat most types of body acne, but are not recommended for facial acne due to the sensitivity of this delicate area.


While washing with a mild soap daily is always a good idea...keeping the affected back area clean on a consistent basis will help to remove dirt and oil from pores where the grime is often collected.
While washing with a mild soap daily is always a good idea...keeping the affected back area clean on a consistent basis will help to remove dirt and oil from pores where the grime is often collected. | Source

Wash skin daily and thoroughly to get rid of back acne

Gently scrub your back with a mild antibacterial soap twice a day (in the morning and before bed) to remove dead skin cells and clean oily pores. Shower immediately after performing any activity in which you sweat such as exercising, physical labor or work, and even sleeping. However, be cautious with how hard you scrub your skin. The idea is not to wash obsessively, but rather to gently scrub oily pores on the back enough to keep them clean and free from dead skin cells. You don't want to irritate the skin. Instead, you want to keep the back clean and dry to promote healthy cells and clearer pores.

Exfoliating the back not only helps to resolve back acne, but also makes skin look healthier and glowing.  Just be sure to gently rub rather than scrubbing the affected back area.
Exfoliating the back not only helps to resolve back acne, but also makes skin look healthier and glowing. Just be sure to gently rub rather than scrubbing the affected back area. | Source

Exfoliate skin on a weekly basis to eliminate backne

The skin on your back is much tougher than the skin on your face so it's generally okay to exfoliate your back just as you would other parts of your body. Exfoliating is the process of scrubbing off dead skin to reveal new skin and healthy pores. Try experimenting with different types of exfoliation devices such as brushes, loofahs, gloves, and washcloths to find the best way to eliminate your backne through clearing off old skin cells. Sugar based scrubs are usually gentler on skin than salt based ones and can easily be rinsed off in the shower. Be sure not to irritate skin with heavy rubbing while exfoliating. Instead, let the sugar based scrub do the work while gently rubbing in small circular motions.

Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are great at combating backne.  To chose the right one for you, do some research.  Some people find their skin dries out if they use one product over another.
Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are great at combating backne. To chose the right one for you, do some research. Some people find their skin dries out if they use one product over another. | Source

Try a medicated cream or gel with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to get rid of backne

Both of these acne remedies work to dry up over active sebaceous glands, promoting fresh dry skin. However, it is important to only use one or the other when choosing anti-backne products. You do not want to over dry skin and create irritation. Simply apply the anti-backne products to skin on your back after getting out of the shower. Rub in thoroughly for best results. Also, both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can bleach clothing so be sure to let it dry thoroughly before dressing. You can use the exfoliating scrub in the shower along with one of these anti-backne products for combating bad acne on your back.

Bedding should always be kept clean to avoid getting dirt and oil from linens onto skin.  We tend to sweat and roll around at night which can leave our skin feeling pretty gross.
Bedding should always be kept clean to avoid getting dirt and oil from linens onto skin. We tend to sweat and roll around at night which can leave our skin feeling pretty gross. | Source

Keep your linens and clothing clean to eliminate back acne

When clothing, bedding, and outerwear is clean and fresh, you decrease the chances of having backne. Items that are not kept clean can attract bacteria and germs and cause the instance of back acne to occur or flare up. Keeping fabrics clean means doing laundry more often, which can be a task dependent on your busy schedule. Try to wash bedding, including pillows and comforters, at least once a week. Clothing, especially shirts and jackets, should be washed more often, if they touch your bare back. Aim to wash shirts each time after you wear them. The cleaner your clothing and bedding is, the less of a chance you'll attract bacteria to your skin and the more likely you are to effectively keep back acne at bay.

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When all else fails, seek the advice of a dermatologist for backne

Back acne can be resistant to home treatments if it is really bad. A dermatologist, or skin doctor, can suggest remedies for getting rid of back acne that will also prevent future acne flare ups. Sometimes, people with back acne need a more intense treatment such as microdermabrasion or medicated pills and creams. However, because many medical acne treatments can be harsh on skin and body, you should never take or use anything for acne that isn't approved by your dermatologist. To find a dermatologist nearest you, search the internet or your local phone book.

Do you struggle with annoying back acne?

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