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Back Acne: Causes, Management, and How HydraFacial Can Help

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Back Acne: Causes, Management, and How HydraFacial Can Help

Back acne, also known as ‘bacne’ affects men and women and is commonly experienced by teenagers during puberty through to people in their 30s. Like acne experienced on the face, it can appear as pimples, including blackheads and whiteheads, red bumps, and oily skin. This condition can cause discomfort, significantly affect your confidence levels, and even result in scarring.

In this blog post, we look at the common causes of this condition, how it can be managed, and how our HydraFacial treatment can help.

Common Causes

This condition is caused when sebum produced by sebaceous glands, dead skin cells, and bacteria build up and block pores. Genetics, hormonal changes, and medication can also contribute to back acne.

Managing Back Acne

Whilst back acne can take a serious toll on your self-esteem, there are measures you can take to reduce its severity and improve the appearance of this area. These include:

  • Cleanse the area after exercising or sweating

Showering after exercise or activities that cause sweating is essential to reduce oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Wash the area using a cleanser, you can even use your facial cleanser, and incorporate gentle exfoliating into your routine up to three times a week. If you can’t shower following your workout, bringing a change of clean clothes is the next best option.

  • Choose loose fitting clothing as well as moisture wicking and breathable fabrics

Loose fitting clothing is an ideal choice when you’re working out, as it reduces friction and stops sweat from being trapped against the skin. Moisture wicking fabrics and breathable fabrics, such as cotton, can also help with this, and you should also always wash your active wear after use.

  • Don’t pop pimples

Though this can be tempting, it can result in bacteria being spread, cause redness and inflammation of existing pimples, and lead to scarring.

  • Keep your hair tied up

If you’ve got long hair, wearing it down when your back is exposed can contribute to the oil and dirt on your skin. Remember to wash your hair regularly and ensure you tie it up when exercising or in situations when you’re likely to sweat, such as in summer.

  • Regularly change your sheets and towels

Ensuring sheets and towels are regularly changed and washed is essential, as these items are used daily and can collect sweat, dead skin cells, and bacteria that contribute to acne. This may need to happen more regularly during the warmer months.


Addressing Back Acne with Our HydraFacial Treatment

If you’re looking for a treatment to target this condition, HydraFacial is an ideal option. This treatment is performed via a device, which operates like a vacuum to open pores for a thorough cleansing and extraction of impurities and dead skin cells whilst simultaneously hydrating and moisturising new skin for instantly noticeable results.

HydraFacial is ideal to:

  • Smooth and enhance your skin
  • Unclog and refine pores
  • Even out skin tone and reduce pigmentation concerns
  • Address texture and dullness


HydraFacials are customisable to individual skin concerns, including back acne, and can be used as a one-off treatment or can be done monthly to deeply cleanse the skin, manage back acne, and reduce the severity of this condition. This can also be performed as a HydraBooty treatment to target blemishes on the buttocks.


How Ocean Cosmetics Can Help

Our knowledgeable and experienced team are committed to helping you to treat back acne and restore your confidence. Book a consult with us today to discuss HydraFacial for your concerns and create a treatment plan that achieves your skin goals.

Ocean Cosmetics

Dr. Gina Messiha (Cosmetic Physician) MB BS FRACGP |Director & Founder Of Ocean Cosmetics (ACAM, MBBS, RACGP)