How to get rid of your back acne once and for all

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When it comes to methods for clearing up our facial acne, we’re spoilt for choice.

From one blogger’s 7-step skin clearing routine, to another’s accutane cure, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to treatments; we even know what to do if your acne is hormonal and how to treat acne on different parts of your body.

But as for our backs, it’s not something we usually think about until summer comes around and we start reaching for those off-the-shoulder tops.

So if you’re looking to slip into something a little backless, here’s what you need to know to get rid of your bacne once and for all.

What causes bacne?

To prevent bacne from occurring or returning, it’s important to know what causes it in the first place.

“Similar to the causes of spots everywhere, bacne is namely caused by excess sebum production, the build-up of dead skin cells, and bacteria”, says dermatologist, Dr Justine Kluk.

“The skin on our backs is extremely thick so the potential for blocked pores is very high”, says Dr Kluk.

“For those who are prone to spots, the accumulation of oil and dead skin cells in our pores creates an ideal environment for a particular bacterium called ‘Propionibacterium’ acne to thrive. This triggers inflammation in the skin leading to angry red bumps and pus-filled spots.”

In addition to this, there are lifestyle factors that can contribute to outbreaks, such as hormones and excessive sweating.

“Body acne is more probable during the summer, if you work out regularly and if your skin is already acne-prone”, says Julie Morris, Aesthetic Nurse, Effortless Skin.

This is because the bacteria that causes acne thrives in moist, damp conditions. So yeah, keeping your sweaty sports bra on for hours isn’t exactly ideal.

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