How To Finally Get Rid Of Stubborn Back Acne

Acne is one of the great skin annoyances we have to navigate throughout our lifetime. In fact, 50 million people suffer from acne in some form in the U.S. (via Cleveland Clinic). Not only is acne aggravating, but it can also be quite painful. Acne on the face and neck is easier to maintain than acne on the body. You can usually get rid of blackheads on your face at home; however, body acne — specifically back acne — is hard to reach. With the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts, back acne sufferers may feel self-conscious and may change what they wear based on flare-ups. Because it can be so frustrating, many back acne (or bacne) sufferers will do just about anything to get rid of it.


Although there are countless products available to treat face acne, little is known about what we can do to prevent body acne at home. We've looked into some dermatologist-recommended ways to effectively battle back acne once and for all (via American Academy of Dermatology Association).

The causes of back acne

In order to properly treat back acne, it helps to know the causes of it. According to Healthline, pimples form when dead skin cells and sebum build up, whitehead pimples are caused when the hair follicle wall swells, and black head pimples form when the pore is exposed to air. Acne occurs on the back because our sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum. It forms a protective coating for the skin, but if these skin cells clog a pore, it can lead to painful blockage and acne lesions (via Medical News Today.)


The Cleveland Clinic also notes that other factors that can exacerbate back acne are sweat, stress, genetics, and hormones. In addition, not all acne looks the same. Some people suffer from painful red dots, while others experience blackheads and whiteheads. Still, others experience painful cysts that can get enlarged and infected if not treated. No matter the type of acne, there are ways you can treat your skin at home.

How to treat back acne at home

For many body acne sufferers, simply putting more effort into hygiene may be all the action that is needed to combat back acne. Regularly washing clothes, towels, and linens may help to prevent painful breakouts. In addition, showering after a workout, wearing clothes that fit looser, and eating a well-balanced diet can aid you in your battle against body acne (via Medical News Today).


If your flare ups are more serious in nature, consider over-the-counter options like benzoyl peroxide. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, "This helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Used daily, it can help control back acne and reduce flares." They also recommend giving your at-home treatment some time before seeking medical advice. If you do seek their help, doctors can prescribe you stronger medication that can take away your pain.

No one likes the problems acne brings into their lives, and back acne is oftentimes the most painful. Understanding the causes and having some at-home care may be all that you need if you are suffering from this skin issue.