‘Bacne’ can be hard to treat as the back is the home for mass collection of sweat and oil glands. There are ways to treat ‘bacne’ including:
- Professional back facials (also known as ‘bacials’) can help clear back acne due to customized ingredients used in the treatments by your skin therapist.
- Other advanced treatments such as light therapy – infrared lights and blue and red light devices remove excess oil and treat pimples (by your board-certified dermatologist).
- Topical chemical peels – alpha or beta hydroxy acids can remove dead surface cells, increasing cell turnover, and revealing fresh skin.
- Microneedling – the needles penetrate to varying levels of the skin and stimulate wound healing.
- Body washes and cleansers containing ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil or sulfur with a pH 5.5- to clean your back with slightly acidic formulas to prevent bacteria growth (high in alkaline).
- Body moisturizers containing salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, tea tree, ceramides or humectants – to hydrate the skin as well as decongesting clogged pores and pimples.
- A prescribed ‘spot cream’ for larger acne lesions – to help reduce inflammation and acne activity.
- Wear breathable clothing to avoid trapping of swear and heat, such as cotton.
- Do not pick acne spots as this can spread P acnes bacteria as well as causing inflammation and scarring.
- Use an acne-medicated wash to decrease breakout activity and inflammation.
- Always shower after doing a workout. Always remove makeup or fake tan thoroughly.
- Do not sunbathe as this can increase redness and the pigment that acne leaves behind.
Medication: In severe cases, strictly prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist, medication can be an option to reach. Some examples are; topical retinoids, topical antibiotics, antibiotic tablets, combined oral contraceptive pill, Accutane, Roaccutane, tretinoin, Tetracycline or Doxycycline.