Back acne, otherwise known as “bacne”, can show up on the back and shoulders as pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.
But while bacne is certainly annoying, it’s also very treatable. Keep reading to learn what causes bacne and how to clear it up!
1. WASH YOUR BACK
We hope this goes without saying, but showering and washing your back with soap on the reg can really help to reduce bacne breakouts. Use a back loofah if you can’t reach all the parts of your back.
2. WASH YOUR BACK LAST
Repeat after us: always wash your back after you wash your hair. When you rinse your hair, ingredients from your shampoo and conditioner can run down your back, clogging pores and creating bacne breakouts.
3. USE AN EXFOLIATING SCRUB
4. REPLACE YOUR SHOWER ACCESSORIES
Reusable shower accessories like washcloths and loofahs are hotbeds for moisture-loving bacteria. Dermatologists recommend replacing your loofah every three weeks.
If you use washcloths, try to use a clean one each time you take a shower. And never share your washcloth with other people.
5. WASH YOUR TOWELS
If you dry off with a dirty towel after showering, you’re just transferring bacteria to your clean back. Damp towels breed bacteria, so make sure you hang your towels to dry after using them and wash them at minimum once per week.
Acne-prone skin needs moisture too! Keeping your skin adequately hydrated can help regulate sebum production. After showering, make sure to hydrate your back with a lightweight body lotion.
7. UPDATE YOUR WORKOUT WARDROBE
Do you work out in old cotton t-shirts? Sure, cotton is breathable, but it also holds sweat against your skin, creating an ideal environment for acne-causing bacteria to thrive. If you’re prone to bacne, sweat-wicking fabrics are an absolute must for your gym routine.
8. SHOWER IMMEDIATELY AFTER WORKING OUT
You might think you’re good to drive home and wash off later, but that extra 20 minutes is long enough to let acne-causing bacteria start working its magic (especially if you’re wearing tight workout clothes).
9. WASH YOUR BRAS
Unwashed bras accumulate bacteria, which can contribute to acne mechanica. If you wear bras, wash them after every single wear (especially sports bras).
10. DON‘T TOUCH!
We can’t stress this enough: don’t pick or squeeze pimples and blackheads on your back or shoulders! Picking increases inflammation, which leads to a type of scarring called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
11. CHANGE YOUR DIET
What you eat can have a big influence on the way your skin looks. Make sure to incorporate plenty of foods that fight inflammation like fish, berries, and leafy green veggies.
12. SKIP THE WHEY
Whey is popular for exercise enthusiasts to get more protein in their diet, unfortunately, it‘s linked to bacne. If you must supplement, consider vegan sources of protein like pea powder, which aren’t likely to contribute to bacne.
13. USE FACIAL TREATMENTS
Our pick for clearing up bacne? The Averr Aglow Clear Skin Kit. The Averr Aglow Clear Skin Kit is formulated with over 40 natural plants and minerals to clear up acne and nourish the skin. Averr Aglow works by eliminating acne-causing bacteria, detoxifying clogged pores, and stimulating healing to reduce scarring.
Bacne is treatable with some simple lifestyle changes. We hope these tips have you confidently showing some skin in no time!