Back Acne: What’s The Scoop?
Are you prone to back acne? If so, you’re not alone. According to Rightdiognosis, approximately 85% of adults between the ages of 12 and 25 suffer from some form of acne, including on their backs.
Some may argue that bacne is not as compromising as facial acne. However, it still can be a huge stressor, especially when you’re ready to soak up the sun during the summer or sport a tank top at the gym.
What is the cause?
Bacne can come from a variety of sources, including stressful lifestyles, working out at the gym, food intolerances, and genetics.
Hormonal fluctuations and stress cause the sebaceous glands on our body to overproduce oil. It is not uncommon for a stressful season to result in a bacne flare-up.
Additionally, working out at the gym has also been linked to acne on the back and shoulders. This is due to the accumulation of sweat and heat trapped in synthetic clothing, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish.
Diet and food intolerances, especially dairy, have been linked to increased acne as well.
When it comes to genetic causes, dermatologists will look at the duration of the flare. If the acne is short term, it is often related to stress factors or diet. However, if there is long term acne or even cystic acne that accumulates on the back, this is a common indicator of a genetic cause. If your relatives are prone to acne, you might be as well.
How can bacne be treated?
Although body acne can be difficult to cure, there are many ways to treat it. Identifying the root cause is the first step of treatment. If the acne is related to something like diet, try going a few days without a certain food and look for any improvement. Skin washes containing glycolic and salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, zinc, and niacinamide are excellent treatments as well. If the skin condition is not improving after making minor adjustments, a dermatologist may prescribe oral medication or antibiotics.
What can be done to prevent back acne?
There are many things you can do today if you have bacne.
•Maintain a healthy diet
An unhealthy diet consisting of soda and processed food will not only make you feel bad, but it will show in your skin.
• Clean up at the gym
If you go to the gym often, consider carrying a small bag with wipes or skin washes in your gym bag. When you find your workout getting very sweaty, or you need to make a few stops before heading home afterward, you can keep the bacteria on your skin in check.
• Avoid pressing the acne
Squeezing and popping the skin will result in spreading bacteria and even increasing inflammation, so leave it alone!
• Sidestep miracle cures
Avoid any kind of “miracle” cream or cures. These products tend to irritate the acne and make the condition worse.
• If bacne hurts, seek medical advice
When there is itching or pain associated with the bacne, speak with a dermatologist about options. Anytime a medical condition affects the quality of your life, don’t live with it. Seek a referral.