While ‘bacne’ isn’t a word you’ll find in the dictionary, if you’ve got it you know the term. It refers to back acne, those annoying acne outbreaks on your back. Back acne usually first appears during puberty and is often outgrown by your early 20s, but can, unfortunately, persist beyond these years.
So what’s the deal with back acne? Well, your back is a very large area of skin, and that means it’s also a very large area of oil secretions. Your back pores become clogged with skin cells and the oil is unable to escape as normal. This causes inflammation that becomes back acne.
Back acne can also be triggered when heat and sweat is trapped against the body, and when your skin is irritated by friction. If you’re frequently wearing athletic equipment, tight-fitting clothing, backpacks or anything similar, you might be prone to bacne.
Back acne can be stubborn to get rid of and if left unchecked, some people may get cysts that can lead to scarring. Thankfully, there are many treatments available. As with most acne conditions, the best approach is to find a skin care routine that works well for you – and then stick with it. If your acne doesn’t start to improve within a few weeks, you should speak to your dermatologist about other treatment options.
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