Acne on the back (also known as 'bacne') is very common for teenagers (and also for some adults). Acne (pimples, cysts, breakouts) is a common skin disorder that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.
Several factors contribute to the development of back acne. Let's take a look at all the aggravating factors leading to acne breakouts on the body.
Reasons why you get acne on the back, chest/other parts of the body
Hormonal changes: During puberty, teenagers undergo significant hormonal changes, including increased production of androgens (such as testosterone). These hormones can stimulate the oil glands in the skin to produce more sebum, which can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.
Excessive sebum production: Teenagers tend to have oilier skin compared to adults, as their sebaceous glands are more active. The excess sebum can mix with dead skin cells and bacteria, leading to the formation of acne.
Bacteria: Propionibacterium acnes, a type of bacteria that naturally resides on the skin, can multiply in clogged pores. This bacterial overgrowth can trigger inflammation and the formation of pimples.
Friction and pressure: Activities like wearing tight-fitting clothing, using backpacks, or frequently carrying heavy bags can create friction and pressure on the back. This can further irritate the skin and contribute to the development of acne.
Poor hygiene: Inadequate hygiene practices, such as infrequent showering or not properly cleansing the back, can allow dirt, sweat, and dead skin cells to accumulate. These factors increase the likelihood of pore blockage and acne formation.
Also read: Your Final Guide to Tackle Teenage Skin
Introducing Clear Start Clarifying Bacne Spray
A breakout-fighting spray that acts fast on those hard-to-reach areas to help clear clogged pores and minimise future body breakouts. Use it to treat active body breakouts and to keep future breakouts at bay.
It's unique! A non-aerosol can disperses a micro-fine mist, even when upside down!
1% Salicylic Acid: helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores
Witch Hazel: Soothes the redness and helps balance oil production
Tea Tree Oil: An antibacterial agent for the skin
Moroccan Argan Oil: Soothing and softening for the skin
How to use
Hold the spray about 10 inches away from your body and mist it onto clean, dry skin. Let it sink in for 30-60 seconds before getting dressed. Use morning and/or night.
Tips to help with bacne or body acne in general
Use Cleansers like Breakout Clearing Foaming Facewash and toners like Clarifying Bacne Spray. These contain Salicylic Acid that helps with breakouts
Wash your sheets in warm or hot water every week. This removes bacteria and dead skin cells that clog your pores
Pop, squeeze or scratch body acne. This will worsen inflammation and can cause scarring.
Stay in your sweaty clothes after a hot day or workout. This is a breeding ground for bacteria build-up
If you need any advice or guidance for your skin or your teenager's skin, we offer complimentary Online Skin Consultations via email, zoom or phone. Please reach out to us.
About the Author
My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With 20 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.
On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!