Back acne – often referred to as bacne – is a surprisingly common condition. If you’re prone to blemishes on your face, chances are they’ll appear elsewhere on the body too, including the back where skin is thicker and pores are larger. While hormonal fluctuations and genetics play a role, there are plenty of ways to get your bacne under control…
Use The Right Cleanser
Shower gels are usually harsher than facial cleansers and can often worsen bacne. For gentle cleansing, try Jason’s Tea Tree Body Wash, £10.99, or Sans [Ceuticals] pH Perfect Body Wash, £20. Or, If you’re looking for something a little stronger, opt for ProActiv’s Cleansing Body Bar, £15.99.
Slough off dead skin cells and encourage skin renewal with a hard-working body scrub. Australian Bodycare’s Exfoliating Body Scrub, £14.50, is an industry favourite, while we rate Aesop’s Redemption Body Scrub, £25, a botanical blend of pumice, bamboo stem, sage leaf and clove. Just remember not to scrub too vigorously to avoid damaging skin.
If you’re a gym bunny, beware. Sweat can easily build up between skin and your gym gear, which can lead to a build-up of acne-causing bacteria. Ideally, you should shower immediately post-session to blast away sweat and bacteria but if you can’t, keep Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Cleansing Wipes, £4.19, in your gym bag. Dermatologists also rave about Glycolix’s 10% Cleansing Pads, £21.43.
One of the biggest issues with treating back acne is that it’s hard to reach. The solution? A spray-on formula. Brimming with exfoliating salicylic acid, Murad’s hard-working Clarifying Body Spray, £35, is surprisingly gentle on the skin and can be used throughout the day for a blemish-busting fix.
Turn To Supplements
It’s all well and good treating bacne on the surface, but when 80% of your skin’s cells can only be reached through the bloodstream, it could be worth taking a supplement too. Try Viridian’s Clear Skin Complex, £22.05, a probiotic-rich blend of antioxidants and skin-boosting botanicals.
Book In For A Bacial
Leave it to the pros and book in for a bacial (that’s a back facial to you and me) at Dermalogica – available nationwide, their Purifying Back Treatment includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation and massage. If you’re based in London, consider making an appointment with facialist extraordinaire Kate Kerr, whose Clarifying Acne Facial is designed for the face, chest and back. From £145, visit KateKerrLondon.co.uk for more information.