How to Get Rid of Bacne
Is there anything worse than dealing with acne on the back (commonly known as “bacne”)? Facial acne is at least somewhat socially acceptable, but body acne tends to cause a deeper level of discomfort.
Bacne can be stubborn, often requiring more involved treatment despite the fact that the underlying causes are the same as facial acne. We delved into the research about how to clear bacne—and get your self-esteem back at the same time!
How to Treat Bacne
Getting rid of bacne begins with gentle, over-the-counter skincare products that cleanse, help control acne and prevent future breakouts, and cut through excess oil to unclog pores and banish bumps. The trick is to follow an anti-acne routine consistently, not to mention the easier-said-than-done part: Being patient.
The best bacne products are fragrance free and don’t contain ingredients that can irritate skin, which will only make the redness and oil components of back acne worse. That means avoiding acne skincare products that contain denatured alcohol, menthol, all forms of mint, eucalyptus, lavender, and sulfur. Instead, you need gentle products formulated with proven acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Here’s how to treat bacne with skincare products:
- Cleanse your back with a gentle (there’s that word again!) body wash such as Paula’s Choice Skincare ALL OVER Hair & Body Shampoo.
- Apply a 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion such as Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment. Portions of the back can be hard to reach, so you might consider using our Skincare Applicator for Back & Body to make the process easier.
- Follow with a light misting of our CLEAR Acne Body Spray, specially formulated to make treating bacne fast and easy. It’s 2% concentration of salicylic acid in an alcohol-free base unclogs pores as it diminishes bumps and redness.
Salicylic acid can also help fade the look of post-acne marks, making it an all-around superstar ingredient for fighting acne.
Some cases of bacne will require more than over-the-counter products can provide. If your bacne doesn’t respond well to skincare after a month or so of daily use, consult your dermatologist about oral and topical prescription products to use along with your skincare routine. This combination is the best approach if your bacne pimples are large, painful, and deep beneath skin’s surface.
What about using acne body washes that contain active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid? While those can be slightly helpful in some cases, research has shown that both ingredients work best—especially for stubborn acne—when left on skin rather than rinsed off.
References for this information:
Indian Journal of Dermatology, July 2017, pages 341–357
Dermatology and Therapy, December 2016, pages 555–578
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, November 2010, pages 26–29
Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176
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