Acne on the back develops just like facial acne: the combination of excess oil, dirt, debris, and bacteria become trapped in the pores creating blemishes.
Though acne can worsen from certain lifestyle activities or poor hygiene, the cause of acne has many factors. Some of the most prevalent factors that play into acne breakouts include genetics, hormones, environmental allergens and stress. Back acne differs from facial acne in two significant ways:
- Skin on the body is more prone to clogging as it has larger pores and is thicker than facial skin.
- Oil-producing glands on the back tend to be more active than those located on the face, which most often leads to larger, more inflamed acne known as cystic acne.
Back acne Prevention
While there is no magical way to prevent back acne from development, there are some simple and effective ways to limit breakouts. These are measures that you can take as a daily routine to minimize acne breakouts on your back.
- Shower immediately after sweating to remove excess oils and debris before they can clog your pores. If you are unable to shower immediately following a workout, carry cleansing wipes with you to use on the areas that you most often have acne breakouts. Try our MD Dermatology gly/sal pads that retail for $25.00.
- Avoid oil-based skincare products in favor of using body washes and lotions formulated for acne prone skin. All products that you are using on your skin should be designated as ‘non-comedogenic’, meaning they do not clog pores or cause acne breakouts. This should be printed on your products, likely near the ingredients list.
- Use an over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide wash to cleanse your skin. This helps with inflammation and to cut down on bacterial overgrowth. However, products that contain BPO have the potential to bleach fabrics if they are not washed off thoroughly. Try our MD Dermatology BPO 10%, retailing at $26.00.
Treating Back Acne
It is important to understand that even with the best hygiene, skin care regimen and topical antibiotics, your skin can still develop acne breakouts. To avoid prolonged discomfort from breakouts and potential scarring of the skin, if your acne does not respond to the prevention recommendations listed above, be sure to schedule with your dermatology provider.
Treating back acne, just like facial acne, can be challenging. Because everyone’s skin is different and responds differently to medications, there is not one treatment that works for everyone. With that in mind, your dermatologist will assess both your skin and acne breakouts to develop a personalized treatment regimen for you to follow. Some of the most common and effective regimens include:
Topical Prescription Medications: Even if you have not had success with over-the-counter creams and washes, there are many prescription strength topical medications that are very effective in keeping back acne controlled. When treating back acne, topical medications are typically used in combination with other acne treatments due to difficulty of application, skin thickness and high oil gland activity.
Oral Antibiotics: This can be a great option for inflammatory acne, especially in athletes and highly active individuals. Antibiotics are helpful in decreasing inflammation and the over-abundance of bacteria associated with back acne.
Schedule a Back Facial -A back facial is a treatment designed to clean out clogged pores, as well as give a powerful professional strength exfoliation to enhance the results of your at home regimen. Plus, your esthetician may offer other services that will aid in clearing up your skin.