‘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:


  1. Professional back facials (also known as ‘bacials’) can help clear back acne due to customized ingredients used in the treatments by your skin therapist.
  2.  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).
  3.  Topical chemical peels – alpha or beta hydroxy acids can remove dead surface cells, increasing cell turnover, and revealing fresh skin.
  4.  Microneedling – the needles penetrate to varying levels of the skin and stimulate wound healing.


  1.  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).
  2.  Body moisturizers containing salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, tea tree, ceramides or humectants – to hydrate the skin as well as decongesting clogged pores and pimples.
  3.  A prescribed ‘spot cream’ for larger acne lesions – to help reduce inflammation and acne activity.

General Hygiene:

  • 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.



  1. I really love this article. It’s well put together and I easily understood it. I’ve never really suffered from back acne in the past but I think I’m beginning to see signs. Do you have any preventive measures I can take to avoid back acne at all?

    • Here are some things you can do to prevent back acne:
      Shower after a workout. Letting the sweat and dirt sit on your skin after a workout can be a big contributor to back acne.
      Wear loose-fitting clothing.
      Try tea tree oil.
      Keep hair off your back.
      Choose sunscreen carefully.
      Eat healthily.

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