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Back Acne (‘Bacne’) 101: Types, Prevention, and Treatment

By Valencia HigueraMedically Reviewed by Ross Radusky, MD


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Back acne can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but there are things you can do to clear it up.Shutterstock

The face is a common site for acne. And depending on the severity of blemishes, you might avoid showing your face in public.

But your face isn’t the only place where acne can appear. It can affect any body part that has oil-secreting glands or hair follicles, including your back, chest, and shoulders, according to the Mayo Clinic. (1)

Back acne — sometimes referred to as “bacne” — can be particularly troublesome.

While facial acne affects most people at some point in life, some will also struggle with back acne and even chest acne. In fact, back acne affects more than half of people with acne, notes the NHS. (2)

Your back, like your face, has numerous sebaceous glands that secrete sebum, an oily substance, according to the website KidsHealth. org. (3)

“Back acne is the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil [sebum] within the pores in the skin, combined with an overgrowth of a common skin bacteria, Cutibacterium acnes, which triggers an inflammatory response,” says Kara Shah, MD, a board-certified general and pediatric dermatologist with Kenwood Dermatology in Cincinnati.

“Acne on the back and shoulders is commonly associated with sports activities that cause increased sweating and friction from athletic gear and clothing,” she continues. A clogged follicle eventually breaks down and forms an acne lesion, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (4)

What Are the Different Types of Back Acne You Need to Know?

The types of acne lesions that can occur on your back include: (1,2,5)

  • Whiteheads Also referred to as closed comedones, whiteheads develop when a plugged follicle stays closed and underneath your skin, forming a white bump.
  • Blackheads When a plugged follicle located on the surface of your skin opens, it forms a blackhead, also referred to as an open comedone. The black-tip appearance of blackheads is due to a reaction between sebum and the air, not because dirt has filled your follicle.
  • Papules Acne lesions that appear as small pink bumps on your skin, and are sometimes tender, are called papules. This type of acne doesn’t contain pus and forms when a clogged hair follicle becomes inflamed.
  • Pustules Also called a pimple, a pustule is a white or yellow pus-filled papule with a reddened base. These lesions also result from inflammation in a clogged hair follicle. A buildup of white blood cells causes the pustule to fill with pus.
  • Nodules This type of acne forms when bacteria also becomes trapped in a hair follicle. These lesions develop deep below the surface of your skin, where it hardens and forms a large, painful nodule. The deeper location of the lesion causes tissue damage, resulting in an inflammatory response.
  • Cysts Cysts are larger, pus-filled acne lesions that also form when bacteria becomes trapped in a hair follicle. With cystic acne, the infection extends deeper into the skin, resulting in a painful lump that can cause a permanent scar.

4 Steps You Can Take Toward Preventing Back Acne

You can’t always control whether you get back acne because the main factors that predispose one to “bacne” — hormonal fluctuations and genetics — are out of your control.

You can, however, take steps to reduce your chances of developing these lesions.

1. Avoid Certain Medications

Some drugs, including androgens (male hormones) and lithium, are known to increase your chances of developing acne. If you take any of these medications, talk with your doctor about possible alternative treatments. (1)

 2. Limit Your Use of Oil-Based Skin-Care Products

Try not to use skin-care products with oil, including moisturizers and cosmetics, on your back. These can lead to back acne flare-ups. Also, the American Academy of Dermatology advises looking for products labeled noncomedogenic, meaning they are unlikely to clog pores. (6)

3. Eliminate Pressure on Your Back

Anything that results in increased sweating and friction on your back, such as backpacks, sports gear, and back braces, can cause back acne, which is often referred to as acne mechanica,” says Dr. Shah. (1)

Shah recommends choosing a backpack that’s lightweight and fits properly to minimize friction and irritation.

If you wear sports equipment (like shoulder pads) that puts pressure on your back, don’t wear the item for longer than you need to, or wear a clean cotton T-shirt underneath to reduce prolonged pressure and friction. (1)

4. Wear Clean Clothes

“Dirty clothes can harbor sweat, oil, and dirt, further irritating the skin and contributing to the development of acne,” notes Shah. “It’s always best to wear loose clothing during exercise, and to remove sweaty clothing after a workout.

7 Science-Backed Tips for Treating Back Acne

But, what if you already have back acne? What can you do to get rid of annoying blemishes? Follow these tips.

1. Use an Over-the-Counter Treatment

For mild back acne, over-the-counter acne creams and gels containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur can help get rid of blemishes and prevent new ones from popping up. (6,7,8)

Of course, applying acne creams to your back will likely require assistance from someone. It might be easier to use a body wash with acne-fighting ingredients.

“Regular body washes aren’t strong enough to help with body acne,” warns Yoram Harth, MD, a dermatologist and medical director of MDacne in San Francisco. “To have a real effect, you need a medicated body cleanser, preferably with ingredients like salicylic acid that can unclog your skin pores and kill acne bacteria.”

2. Regularly Wash Your Skin

Choose body washes that say, “noncomedogenic” or “oil-free” on the package to avoid clogging your pores. (6) Avoid antibacterial soaps, astringents, and abrasive scrubs that can make your acne worse. And be gentle when cleansing your skin. Harsh scrubs, loofas, and exfoliators can damage the protective layer of the skin and make body acne worse, says Dr. Harth. (6,7)

3. Shower After Your Workout

Heat and humidity encourage bacterial growth, so shower immediately after a workout, suggests Harth.

If you can’t shower immediately, use an oil-free cleansing wipe to remove as much sweat from your body as possible, and then change your clothes. (6)

4. Don’t Squeeze or Pick Back Lesions

Picking or popping a pimple can worsen acne, as well as damage your skin. “The skin on the body heals slower than the skin on the face, and frequent picking can lead to brown spots and scars,” says Harth. (3,6,7)

5. Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can darken acne, triggering scars on your back and body. (6,7) Always wear sunscreen and reapply as directed. This not only improves acne, it can help protect your skin from sun damage and skin cancer.

6. Wash Your Sheets

Get into a habit of changing or washing your sheets once or twice a week, especially if you’re a back sleeper. This removes bacteria and dead skin cells from bedding, which can clog your pores and prolong back acne. (6)

7. See a Board-Certified Dermatologist

If self-care measures don’t improve back acne, make an appointment with a dermatologist who is board-certified.

A skin specialist can evaluate your back, determine whether you have acne or another skin condition, and then prescribe a medication to control lesions, if necessary.

Treatment might include prescription creams, antibiotics, oral acne medication, or your doctor may suggest laser therapy, chemical peels, or steroid injections, depending on the severity of back acne. (7)

A Final Word on Getting Help for Back Acne

Back acne is easier to hide than face acne, but this doesn’t mean you have to live with these lesions. The proper skin-care routine can help lessen breakouts on your back, resulting in clearer, healthier looking skin.

Editorial Sources and Fact-Checking

  1. Acne: Overview. Mayo Clinic. February 18, 2020.
  2. Acne: Overview. NHS. July 12, 2019.
  3. Acne. KidsHealth. June 2014.
  4. Acne. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. September 2016.
  5. Acne: What Are the Types. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. September 2016.
  6. Back Acne: How to See Clearer Skin. American Academy of Dermatology.
  7. Acne: Diagnosis and Treatment. American Academy of Dermatology.
  8. Acne: Treatment. NHS. July 12, 2019.

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Your back may be out of sight, but when you have back acne, it’s not out of mind. That’s especially true when you’re shirtless, go for a swim or try on that backless sundress.

While back acne can be irritating, painful and embarrassing, various treatments and lifestyle changes relieve this common skin problem.

Here’s what you need to know about back acne and how it’s treated.

What is back acne?

If you have acne on your back, you may experience:
  • Red, inflamed bumps
  • Blackheads or whiteheads
  • Back pain or tenderness
  • Acne scars

Like all acne, back acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. These glands produce an oily substance called sebum, which helps keep skin healthy. However, too much sebum can lead to bacteria growth and dead skin cells, which can block pores in the skin.

Several factors can trigger overproduction of sebum, including:
  • Hormonal changes, such as during puberty or pregnancy
  • Certain medications, such as steroids or testosterone replacement therapy
  • Stress
  • Oily skin or hair products

How is back acne treated?

If you think you have back acne, you should seek care. Your primary care provider can determine how severe your case is, recommend the best treatment and possibly refer you to a dermatologist.

Typical treatments for back acne include:
  • Topical medications, such as benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics, that are applied directly to the skin.
  • Oral medications, such as antibiotics or isotretinoin, which is a powerful acne medication.
  • Physical treatments, including laser therapy, light therapy or dermabrasion, which is the removal of surface layers of skin.

Do lifestyle changes help?

You can relieve back acne by making dietary and lifestyle changes, such as:
  • Avoiding triggers, like oily skin products, stress or certain medications.
  • Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
  • Showering after activities that cause you to sweat.
  • Avoiding tight clothes, clothes that cause friction against the skin, and nonbreathable sports or activewear that traps sweat. Cotton is a good material for workout clothes because it wicks away moisture.
  • Limiting irritating products that may cause acne to flare.
  • Using gentle cleansers, such as Cetaphil and Vanicream, especially if applying prescription retinoids or stronger topicals that can overly dry out and irritate the skin.

If an initial treatment doesn’t produce results, your health care professional can help find a solution that works best for you so you can turn your back on back acne.

Amanda Logan is a nurse practitioner in Family Medicine in Janesville, Minnesota.

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➦ Causes of acne on the back

➦ Types of acne on the back

➦ How to get rid of acne on the back

➦ Preventive measures

➦ Nutrition is especially important !

➦ Frequently Asked Questions

It is known that acne on the face in men and women is quite an acute problem, but another common phenomenon is “bakne” or the so-called acne on the back. Various rashes cause significant discomfort, and also indicate pathologies of organs and systems. Why a rash appears on the back and how to deal with it will be described below.

Causes of acne on the back

The main factor in the occurrence of acne is the blockage of the mouths of the sebaceous glands with sebum due to its hyperproduction. Increased sebum production often occurs in adolescents, accompanying puberty or other conditions that cause hormonal imbalances in the body. Pimples can be localized on the shoulders, lower back, shoulder blades, and also between the shoulder blades. There are external and internal causes of acne on the back.

External causes

The following environmental factors can provoke an inflammatory reaction of the skin:

  • Non-observance of natural hygiene rules . Due to the large number of sebaceous glands, the back area needs special care, with insufficient hygiene, the sebaceous glands become clogged, followed by bacteria and acne.
  • Tight, heavy clothing . There is a deterioration in thermoregulation, which contributes to clogging of pores.
  • Use of products not suitable for skin type. Oily cosmetics, oily sunscreens can cause breakouts.
  • Synthetic clothing . Cotton fabric allows air to pass through and allows the skin to breathe, which cannot be said about synthetic fabric, which contributes to the accumulation of fat and microbes on the surface of the skin, followed by the formation of a rash.
  • Loose hair . Able to irritate the skin, provoking an increased secretion of subcutaneous fat.

Internal causes

Among the internal causes are:

  • Genetic predisposition . Often there are family cases of acne.
  • Hormonal imbalance. Due to the restructuring of the body, a jump in hormones occurs, which causes increased production of sebum. In women, acne sometimes occurs during pregnancy or menstruation.
  • Side effects of drugs. Taking antidepressants can cause rashes that itch.
  • Power features . Foods with a high glycemic index have been proven to trigger severe rashes.
  • Nervous tension. There is an effect on the hormonal background and the reactivity of the immune system, which can cause acne.
  • Allergy . Inflammatory mediators can affect the skin and provoke the appearance of rashes.
  • Comorbidities . Endocrine diseases (diabetes mellitus), pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract (pancreatitis, peptic ulcer), diseases of the genitourinary system, systemic connective tissue diseases.

Types of acne on the back

Inflammatory and non-inflammatory rashes can form in the region of the spine and all over the back.


Includes the following elements of the rash:

remains closed under the skin.

➦ blackheads (open comedones) – formed when a clogged follicle protrudes above the surface of the skin and opens to form a blackhead.


Represented by such varieties as:

➦ papules – red bumps that pop up due to inflammation of the hair follicle and can be painful 90 003

➦ pustules – pus-filled rash, often white or yellow with redness at the base

➦ nodules – rashes that develop deep under the skin, followed by the formation of a large hard mass; inflammatory reaction occurs due to damage to deeper areas

➦ Cysts are large pustules that are painful and can cause scarring.

How to get rid of acne on the back?

The most important rule in the fight against acne on the back is to determine the cause of the rash, so the key to success is a timely visit to a dermatologist. In the event that the back is sprinkled, individual therapy and an integrated approach will help eliminate the problem.

Medicines and procedures

Antibiotics, oral medications, creams, lotions, laser therapy, peelings, beauty injections are all methods to eliminate such a hated problem as acne on the back.

Effective Back Acne Treatments:

Tablets . They have a systemic effect on the body. The active ingredients can be hormonal drugs, antibiotics and retinoids (isotretinoin). It is important to remember that self-medication is not acceptable.

Creams and ointments . Cosmetics based on salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics are indispensable. They not only reduce the secretion of subcutaneous fat, but also effectively kill bacteria, which helps to reduce the inflammatory process.

Chemical peels . There are superficial and deep peels depending on the concentration of the acid. They improve blood circulation of the skin, relieve inflammation.

Laser treatments . With the help of laser beams, skin irregularities are removed, a bactericidal effect is provided.

Drainage procedures . Bring out all the impurities and the contents of the pimple.

Phototherapy . Eliminates small purulent rashes, as well as deep inflammation. The source of the lesion is eliminated by inhibiting the vital activity of propionobacteria acne. The pores are noticeably narrowed, the secretion of sebum is reduced, the skin becomes velvety and silky.

Cryotherapy . By exposure to liquid nitrogen, blocking of nerve impulses occurs, which in turn helps to cleanse the skin, eliminate redness and rashes on the back.

Mechanical leather cleaning. For people with oily problematic skin, it is recommended to clean once a month. It not only deeply cleanses the pores, but also provides regeneration of the upper layers of the skin.

Folk remedies

Complete elimination of rashes on the back with the help of traditional medicine is not guaranteed, but the improvement in the condition of the skin will be noticeable to the naked eye.

Tea tree oil can help treat large pimples on the back. Using a cotton swab, you need to locally smear the oil on small pimples and leave overnight. Due to its antibacterial properties, rashes will disappear instantly.

Also, an ordinary lemon will become a universal remedy against rashes and pigmentation.

The following recipe can be used:
– mix lemon juice and water in a ratio of 1:1
– apply the solution to problem areas using a cotton pad.
– wash off after 10 minutes.
This procedure should be carried out 2 times a week.

An oatmeal bath is an effective remedy for a pimply back. Oatmeal has an anti-inflammatory effect, eliminates rashes. Pour 2 tablespoons of oatmeal into a warm bath, wait 15 minutes, after which the bath is ready for use.

Quick guide to cosmetics

Special care is recommended for owners of oily and problematic skin. Means should reduce the secretion of subcutaneous fat and have an anti-inflammatory effect.

An extensive range of products for acne on the back is presented on the Phytomarket website.

Popular cosmetics in the fight against acne include:

➤ Seracin active-cream spot application TM Libriderm / Librederm 20 ml.

Contains salicylic acid, which has antibacterial properties, due to deep penetration into the pores, exfoliates the stratum corneum of the epidermis, dries out rashes and eliminates pigmentation.


– tightens pores, normalizes subcutaneous fat secretion

– eliminates many blackheads on the back

– reduces flushing.

➤ Biotrade ACNE OUT topical lotion for oily and problematic skin 60 ml.

Pustules and boils are treated with topical lotion. This tool is suitable for owners of both mild acne and complicated forms. To achieve the maximum effect of therapy, spot application of the lotion is recommended. The advantage of the product is non-comedogenicity and the absence of harmful chemicals in the composition.


– relieves inflammation instantly.

– visibly tightens pores

– reduces the activity of Propionibacterium acnes

– prevents the appearance of rashes

– soothes irritated skin.

➤ Biotrade ACNE OUT

Kit for Oily, Problematic and Acne Skin

If you have a lot of acne on your back, the use of only three important components of the kit can get rid of the problem in minimal lines.

Cleansing of the skin is carried out in 3 stages:

1. With the help of washing gel with active oxygen (50 ml), polluted and clogged pores are cleansed, while gentle care is guaranteed without overdrying the skin.

2. Active antibacterial lotion (60 ml) has a calming effect, reduces inflammation.

3. Moisturizing cream with a soothing effect Hydro Active (60 ml) maintains the hydro-lipid balance of the skin, nourishes the skin and regulates the functioning of the sebaceous glands.

➤ Tar liquid soap bottle with dispenser 270 ml

The benefits of tar soap in the treatment of purulent rashes, inflammation and acne are undeniable. Therefore, many people use tar soap for psoriasis, dermatitis and wash themselves with tar soap from acne stains.

The instruction states that it is necessary to apply tar soap to wet skin, lather, rinse with water. If necessary, repeat the procedure.

➤ Soap Demolan Forte 3 in 1

A specially created product to combat demodicosis and acne. It is based on an innovative formula developed by dermatologists and pharmacists, taking into account the physiology of skin affected by Demodex mites and prone to acne. Thanks to herbal ingredients and the active substance Hexamidine diisethionate (France), the soap has proven its effectiveness, which is confirmed by both dermatologists and patients.

➤Complex set Stop Demodex / Stop Demodex ® 7in1

A unique complex series of preparations developed on the basis of the latest research and tests from the company “NVP “PhytoBioTechnologies” /Ukraine/. Cosmetics are designed to prevent the occurrence and consistent course of application, manifestations activity of subcutaneous parasitic mites (Demodex Folliculorum, Demodex Bravis), such as: demodicosis, acne, acne, acne, comedones, blepharitis, blepharoconjunctivitis, scars on the face, oily seborrhea, thickening of the skin, deterioration of complexion, enlarged pores, increased fat content , changes in the composition of sebum, dandruff.

Preventive measures

To forever forget about the problem of rashes on the back, you need to adhere to the following preventive measures:

  • Regularly clean the skin with mild cosmetic products.
  • Remove dead skin cells from the upper layers of the skin with gentle scrubs.
  • Use natural cotton textiles.
  • Avoid swimming pools and solarium during relapses.
  • In hot weather, apply spf protection before going outside.
  • Do not share personal hygiene items with other people.
  • Avoid certain medications (eg, androgenic hormones that can cause breakouts).
  • Do not use oil-based products (it is better to choose products with non-comedogenic properties.)
  • Get rid of friction in the back (pimples on the back can be caused by wearing backpacks, sports equipment)
  • Use over-the-counter products based on benzoyl, resorcinol, salicylic acid and sulfur.
  • Shower immediately after exercise or other physical activity. It is important to clean your back regularly, as heat and excessive sweating promote the growth of bacteria.
  • Do not squeeze pimples. Getting rid of acne in this way can aggravate the situation or leave pigmentation.
  • Change bedding regularly.

Nutrition is especially important!

To improve the condition of the skin, it is important to follow a diet. The diet of a person suffering from rashes on the back should be enriched with nutrients, fiber, antioxidants. This approach will not only give healthy skin, but also normalize the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system.

To get rid of acne on the back, it is recommended to introduce the following products into the diet:

Zinc . This microelement improves the condition of the skin, relieves acne on the back. Zinc-rich foods include liver, pumpkin seeds, oysters, and pine nuts.

Probiotics . They help to normalize the intestinal microflora, relieve the inflammatory process in the body, and support the normal digestive process.

Omega 3 fatty acids. Regulates the work of the sebaceous glands and has an anti-inflammatory effect. A large amount of Omega 3 is found in sea fish, broccoli, flax seeds.

Green tea. Helps cleanse the body, has an antibacterial effect.

Vegetables and herbs containing beta-carotene. Able to normalize the work of the sebaceous glands and get rid of rashes. Beta-carotene is found in carrots, celery, parsley.

Proper nutrition plays an important role in acne prevention.

Dairy products, as well as foods with a high glycemic index, have been shown to cause excess sebum production (glucose stimulates insulin production, which causes an increase in testosterone, one of the causes of acne).

Foods that cause acne:

  • sweets, chocolate, honey in large quantities into the dairy products cause hormonal imbalance).
  • carbonated drinks, coffee
  • flour and bakery products with palm oil.


Is it possible to squeeze pimples on the back?

Pimples must not be squeezed, this can lead to infection (sepsis), as well as injury to the skin (scarring and pigmentation).

How to remove acne marks (scars) on the back

Acne spots can be eliminated by various peels, mesotherapy, laser resurfacing. These procedures relieve pigmentation, smooth the skin and improve complexion.

Remedies containing retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid will be effective against marks (scars). In addition, masks containing lemon and white clay can brighten the skin and improve microcirculation at home.

Also effective is the Kelokod / Kelokod Scar Remodeling Gel, 30ml. The use of the gel on the affected area heals and regenerates skin tissues, improves gas exchange, normalizes keratolytic processes, reduces pigmentation, nourishes the skin, makes it soft and supple.

Which hormones cause acne?

To a greater extent, acne occurs with an increased amount of male sex hormones (androgens – testosterone, dehydrotestosterone) in the body. In the postpartum period, the production of subcutaneous fat increases as a result of an imbalance of progesterone and estrogen. Thyroid hormones and cortisol (the stress hormone) also contribute to acne.

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    • 1.1 Back acne problem: Causes and effective remedies
      • 1.1.1 Back acne causes:
      • 1.1.2 Back acne treatment methods:
    • 1.2 What is back acne ?
    • 1.3 What causes acne on the back?
    • 1.4 The role of hormones in back acne
    • 1.5 Dietary factors contributing to back acne
    • 1.6 The effect of washing on skin health
    • 1.7 Ways to deal with acne on the back
    • 1. 8 Proper care of the skin on the back
    • 1.9 Diagnosing acne on the back: when to see a dermatologist
    • 1.1 0 Back acne medicines
    • 1.11 Cosmetic procedures for getting rid of acne on the back
      • 1.11.1 1. A visit to a beauty salon
      • 1.11.2 2. Peeling
      • 1.11.3 3. Hardware cosmetology
      • 1.11.4 4. Mesotherapy
    • 1.12 Tips for preventing acne on the back
      • 1.12.1 Proper nutrition
      • 1.12.2 Skin care
      • 1.12.3 Regular sports activities
      • 1.12.4 Avoidance of stress situations
    • 1.13 Related videos:
    • 1.14 Q&A:
        • What are back pimples and where do they come from?
        • How to get rid of back acne?
        • What foods in the diet contribute to acne on the back?
        • Can acne on the back be a sign of a serious illness?
        • What kind of cosmetics should be used in case of acne on the back?
        • 1. 14.0.6 Which sports activities can cause acne on the back?

Find out why back acne appears and what methods of treatment and prevention are effective. Get expert advice on keeping your back clean and healthy.

The skin is our largest organ and has many functions, including protecting our body from harmful substances and connecting us to the outside world. However, when we experience skin problems such as acne, it can seriously affect our self-esteem and overall physical and emotional health.

And, unfortunately, back acne is a common problem for many people, especially teenagers. They can appear at any age and in any circumstance, but most often occur in those who experience hormonal imbalances, stress, changes in diet, and poor hygiene.

But don’t despair! In this article, we look at the causes of back acne and effective treatments so you can get rid of it and enjoy healthy skin throughout your life.

Acne problem on the back: causes and effective methods of struggle

Acne causes on the back:

1. Improper back skin care.

2. Excessive secretion of sebum.

3. Hormonal imbalance in the body.

4. Stress and irregular sleep.

5. Some medications and the use of aggressive cosmetics.

Ways to deal with acne on the back:

  1. Proper skin care. Washing your back regularly with shower gel without SLS and SLES, as well as using scrubs and masks to cleanse the skin, will help get rid of acne.
  2. Healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, a balanced diet and adequate sleep will improve skin condition and help prevent back acne.
  3. Treatment of hormonal disorders. Seeing an endocrinologist and undergoing treatment can help improve hormonal levels and get rid of back acne.
  4. Cosmetic procedures. Chemical peels, microneedling, ultrasonic skin cleansing and laser therapy can effectively treat acne and its effects on the skin of the back.

What are pimples on the back?

Back acne is a common problem that occurs in many people, especially during adolescence and adults with oily skin. These are rashes that can be of different sizes and shapes, from small pustules to large cysts and boils.

Pimples on the back can be caused by a variety of factors: excess sebum, clogged pores, poor hygiene, poor diet, stress, and certain skin conditions. The best way to get rid of acne is to determine its cause and eliminate it.

  • To prevent acne on your back, you should shower regularly, especially after exercise and wet weather.
  • When choosing shower gels and detergents, preference should be given to those containing salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide. They help unclog pores and kill bacteria on the skin.
  • To reduce the amount of sebum on the back, avoid fatty and sugary foods, as well as frequent drinking and smoking.
  • For severe back acne, see a dermatologist for advice and treatment, including medications and skin care treatments.

What causes acne on the back?

The skin on the back, as well as on the face, contains many small pores that can become clogged with oils, skin cells and dirt, resulting in pimples. However, unlike the face, the back is more prone to sweating and improper care, which can lead to more problematic forms of acne.

It is also worth mentioning the psychological factor, when stress and low mood can lead to hormonal imbalance in the body, which in turn can cause acne on the face and back.

  • Avoid malnutrition: Eating fatty, sugary and salty foods can lead to hormone imbalances that can exacerbate back acne problems;
  • Wash your back regularly using special cleansers that leave no greasy residue on the skin;
  • Wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics such as cotton to allow your skin to breathe and avoid clogging of pores;
  • Do not choose back acne as this can spread bacteria and infections to healthy skin;
  • Tune in to positivity, exercise and take care of your health and psychological well-being, as this can have a positive effect on your skin.

The role of hormonal background in the occurrence of acne on the back

The appearance of acne on the back can be associated with changes in the level of hormones in the body. An increase in the level of testosterone, a male hormone that is also present in women, can lead to an increase in the production of sebaceous glands in the skin. Increased sebum production can make it difficult to remove it to the outside, which can lead to clogged skin pores. It is the blockage of pores that will cause acne on the back.

An equally significant factor is the change in the level of estrogens – female hormones that in women stimulate the sebaceous glands and the production of sebum. In women who are faced with an abundance of acne on their backs, it is often possible to detect a change in the hormonal background, namely, an increase in testosterone levels and a decrease in estrogen levels.

So, the hormonal background plays an important role in the occurrence of acne on the back. To reduce the severity of acne on the back, it is necessary to balance the level of hormones in the body and avoid stressful situations as much as possible.

Dietary Factors Contributing to Back Acne

Generally, the risk of back acne increases with the consumption of large amounts of fatty, sweet and salty foods. Such products contribute to increased activity of the sebaceous glands, which leads to a stagnant process and the appearance of inflammatory elements on the skin.

In addition, an unhealthy diet, poor in vitamins and microelements, can reduce immunity and make the skin more vulnerable to bacterial penetration, which leads to the formation of acne.

Frequent alcohol consumption and smoking also negatively affect the condition of the skin, increasing the production of fatty acids and causing inflammation on the surface of the skin.

It is important to properly balance your diet by increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits, protein foods and fluids. It is also worth giving up bad habits and, if possible, avoiding too fatty, sweet and salty foods to maintain healthy skin on the back.

Effects of washing on skin health

When it comes to skin health, many people often forget that washing clothes can also have a huge impact on the skin. Even though washing is an essential part of life, using it incorrectly or inappropriately can cause skin health problems.

Some of the most common ways washing clothes can affect skin health are through the use of too strong detergents, frequent laundering of clothes, rough fabrics, and tedious sun drying of clothes. All of these factors can lead to skin irritation, blocked pores, damage to the skin barrier, and possibly back acne.

In conclusion, washing clothes is an essential part of our lives, but it is also a factor that can affect the health of our skin. Being careful when using detergents and laundry can be the key to maintaining healthy skin and getting rid of back acne.

Ways to deal with acne on the back

Eliminating acne on the back is not an easy task and requires time and patience. Carrying out regular back skin care will help minimize the risk of new acne and reduce the number of existing ones.

  • Wash your back regularly with a special gel or soap that does not dry out the skin or cause irritation.
  • The most effective gel or cream contains salicylic acid, which exfoliates dead cells and prevents clogged pores.
  • Avoid wearing very tight clothing as it can damage the skin, cause irritation and pimples.
  • Get regular exercise and exercise as it helps our body flush out toxins and excess fluids.
  • Watch your diet, it should be rich in vegetables, fruits and healthy proteins, and also not contain excess fats and carbohydrates.
  • See a beautician for a professional back cleaning that will help get rid of a lot of pimples.

Persistence and patience in the fight against back acne will be rewarded with clear and healthy skin that you will be proud of.

Proper back skin care

One of the key points in the fight against back acne is proper skin care. It is important to remember that the skin on the back has its own characteristics and requires special attention.

The first step to healthy skin is regular hygiene. Every day, morning and evening, gently cleanse the skin with a special gel or soap that does not contain aggressive ingredients.

After cleansing the skin, do not forget to moisturize it. To do this, use light lotions, gel-like creams or sprays. It is not advised to use heavy oils and creams, they can clog pores and lead to the appearance of new acne.

  • It is important to avoid chafing your skin with clothing and accessories.
  • Choose clothes made from natural fabrics, they are more breathable and do not lead to perspiration.
  • Do not use hard sponges or brushes, they can damage the skin and aggravate the problem.

Simple rules for back skin care:

1. Remember about hygiene: regularly cleansing and moisturizing the skin.
2. Avoid rubbing with clothing and the use of hard sponges and brushes.
3. Dress in natural clothing.

By following these simple skin care tips, you’ll achieve healthy, beautiful back skin, as well as get rid of acne and other blemishes that can harm your skin.

Diagnosis of acne on the back: when to see a dermatologist

As a rule, acne on the back requires a mandatory visit to a dermatologist if they do not disappear for more than two weeks. In addition, there are several other signs that may indicate a more serious problem, and the appearance of which is also a reason to go to the doctor.

  • If the pimple on the back is very painful and is a large swelling with red lines or spots, it may be an infected pimple caused by a bacterial infection.
  • If you notice acne on your back after taking a new medication, this may be a side effect and you should contact your doctor.
  • If pimples on the back are accompanied by severe itching, fungal infections of the skin may be the cause, requiring treatment with topical and systemic antifungals.

In any case, if you have doubts about the origin of acne on your back, it is better to visit a dermatologist who will diagnose and determine the necessary treatment measures.

Back acne medications

Back acne treatment may include medications. However, before proceeding with treatment, it is necessary to consult a dermatologist or cosmetologist.

Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria that cause inflammation and lead to acne. Azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid help dissolve sebaceous plugs and eliminate local inflammation on the skin.

Some medicines, such as retinoids, may be used to treat moderate or severe back acne. They help reduce the size of acne, get rid of blackheads and improve skin tone.

When using medicines to fight acne on the back, you need to pay attention to how you feel and how your skin reacts. If severe itching, redness or tingling occurs, stop using this drug immediately and consult a dermatologist.

Beauty treatments to get rid of back acne

1. Visit to a beauty salon

Visit a beauty salon where you can get a course of cleansing treatments: back cleansing, exfoliation, massage and herbal masks. These procedures will improve blood circulation, remove dead skin cells, reduce fatty deposits and remove acne.

2. Peeling

Peeling is a procedure that removes the dead skin layer. To combat acne on the back, you should choose a product with salicylic acid, charcoal, fruit acids and retinol. Sunscreen must be used after the procedure.

3. Hardware cosmetology

Various types of hardware cosmetology are used to get rid of acne on the back. For example, ultrasonic cleaning, laser treatment, vacuum-roller massage, chemical peeling, etc. These procedures are carried out by cosmetologists professionally and efficiently.



Mesotherapy is an injection of active ingredients into the skin that treats acne, reduces sebum, moisturizes and renews the skin. This method helps to get rid of deep and painful acne.

Tips for preventing acne on the back

Proper nutrition

Refrain from fatty, spicy and salty foods. Give preference to fresh vegetables and fruits. The diet should contain protein, useful acids and vitamins. Do not abuse sweets and greasy snacks

Skin care

It is important to keep the skin clean and dry. Take a shower regularly, after physical exertion and work in conditions of high temperature. Use a lipid-free shower gel, wash clothes with hypoallergenic products

Regular exercise

Physical activity helps to eliminate toxins and get rid of superficial layers of dead skin. When visiting the gym or doing other sports, it is recommended to wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics

Avoiding stressful situations

Stress causes various internal disorders of the body associated with the activity of the hormonal system. It can lead to acne on the back and other parts of the body. It is important to rest regularly and sleep at least 7-8 hours a day

Rules for the prevention of acne on the back Item Contents

9065 4 Keep skin clean and dry

1. Refuse fatty, spicy and salty foods
3. Go to the gym or engage in other sports
4. Avoid stressful situations

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What are pimples on the back and where do they come from?

Pimples on the back are inflammatory elements of the skin, similar to acne on the face. They can appear due to an increased level of fats in the body, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, stress, poor hygiene, the use of low-quality cosmetics and general health.

How to get rid of acne on the back?

There are several ways to get rid of acne on the back. First, you need to keep your skin clean and shower at least once a day. You should also avoid synthetic clothing and use sheets made from natural fabrics. It is also recommended to eat right, eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as drinking enough water. If these measures do not help, you can consult a dermatologist who will select the appropriate treatment depending on the cause of acne.

What foods in the diet contribute to acne on the back?

According to dermatologists, foods rich in animal fats, sweets and flour products can contribute to the appearance of acne on the back. You should also avoid spicy and fatty foods. On the contrary, it is recommended to consume more fruits, vegetables, greens and protein foods such as chicken, turkey, fish.

Can acne on the back be a sign of a serious illness?

Yes, acne on the back can be a sign of various diseases, such as hormonal, immunological or allergic.