“Bacne occurs for the same reason acne does: from a hormonal fluctuation in the body,” says Emma Hobson, education manager at The International Dermal Institute.

“The key is to clean the area really well with an antibacterial cleanser and exfoliate with a hydroxyl acid or enzyme exfoliant two or three times a week.”

If there are large spots that are problematic, apply a spot treatment. Remember to keep the area cleat at all times – if you’ve been sweating, have a shower, stat.


  1. Your choice of body wash matters.
    If you’re battling an active breakout, avoid creamy body cleansers. Instead, look for one that’s infused with tea tree oil, which has disinfecting properties to speed up the healing process.

  2. Avoid harsh cleansers or scrubs.
    In the same way the skin on your face produces more oil after it’s stripped of its natural oils, the skin on your body also reacts similarly, hence aggravating your acne.

  3. Don’t be afraid to apply pimple cream on back acne.
    The antiseptic properties will help it heal faster and reduces the risk of scarring.

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  1. Avoid tight-fitting clothes if you have bacne.
    The friction of your top against the infected area can worsen the inflammation and impede the healing process. Try to wear loose-fitting clothes to allow the skin to “breathe”.

  2. Your hair might be causing bacne.
    If you have a habit of resting your wet hair against your back after using leave-in conditioners and serums, stop now. Those products can clog the pores on your back, which leads to pimples.

  3. Your back might be too dry.
    Acne doesn’t only occur on oily skin, but also on very dry skin. Hence, if you find that your skin is too dry, lay off the oil-controlling products and start hydrating your back with a lightweight moisturiser.



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