It’s likely that you’ve heard the term, “bacne” (a.k.a acne that appears on the back), but you may not be aware of its causes and the best methods of treatment. Read on to learn more about back acne so you can become a pro at managing this unpleasant, yet very common condition. 

What is “bacne”?

According to Dr. Kara Shah, a board-certified dermatologist, “bacne” is the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil that clog the pores on the back. This build up may lead to inflammation, which then appears as acne.

What causes bacne in females?

While bacne doesn’t necessarily have a specific cause, it is often related to both genetic and lifestyle factors. More specifically, if acne runs in your family, you may be more likely to experience it yourself. Additionally, having an active lifestyle may lead to acne (specifically bacne) due to sweat and oil that gets trapped under tight clothing. 

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Home remedies for back acne

On the bright side, there are numerous simple steps that can be taken to reduce the severity of bacne (if not prevent it altogether). If you frequently break out on your back, try implementing the following lifestyle habits: 


  • Shower after exercising = this prevents oil and dirt from clogging pores 
  • Exfoliate = this helps remove excess dead skin 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing = this lets your skin breathe 
  • Use oil-free sunscreen = this protects your skin from the sun 
  • Avoid backpacks = this prevents inflammation from friction 


It’s important to note that these methods may not be effective for all individuals with bacne. Furthermore, it’s best practice to consult a doctor (ideally a dermatologist) prior to starting treatment. 

Prescription treatments for back acne

For individuals who require stronger treatment, specific products may be  recommended by a doctor. More specifically, ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids are highly effective at combating bacne. These are typically available over- the-counter in the form of body wash, cream, or gel. In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics, which work by stopping the growth of bacteria. 

spot treatment for back acne

What’s the takeaway?

Back acne is a specific type of acne that appears on the back typically as a result of oil and dirt that builds up in the pores. While there are several home remedies that may reduce the severity of bacne (if not prevent it altogether), it’s best practice to consult a doctor prior to starting a new treatment plan. 

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Commonly Asked Questions About Back Acne

Is back acne normal?

Experiencing back acne is both common and normal (nothing to be ashamed of!). However, if your symptoms negatively impact your quality of life, consult a doctor to find an effective treatment plan.

How do you exfoliate back acne?

Exfoliating can be done in the shower as part of your regular hygiene routine. Gently apply a scrub to your skin using small, circular motions. After about 30 seconds, rinse the product off with warm water.

Should you pop back pimples?

Popping pimples that appear anywhere on your body is not recommended, as the process can further irritate your skin. Most blemishes clear up on their own when a consistent skincare routine is followed. However, if you find that your pimples aren’t going away try the following: • Apply a warm compress • Wash your face with a product containing salicylic acid • Use a spot treatment • Ask your doctor about getting an extraction

How do you get rid of back acne scars?

Acne scarring can be treated with the use of products that contain ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. However, some individuals may require intervention from a dermatologist via procedures including laser removal, chemical peels, or cryotherapy.

How do you get rid of back acne overnight?

While there is no magic cure for back acne, there are methods that can be implemented to reduce the severity. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser and applying spot treatment can be very effective. Additionally, a warm compress helps reduce swelling, which in turn, makes blemishes less noticeable.

How to get rid of back acne naturally?

By implementing a few simple lifestyle changes, you may notice that your back acne is less severe. Some specific habits that may be particularly effective include: • Showering after exercise • Wearing loose-fitting clothing • Exfoliating regularly • Applying sunscreen and avoiding sun-bathing

Does accutane help back acne?

Accutane is a powerful drug used to treat acne. That being said, its use should be monitored by a healthcare professional, as it may be too harsh for some individuals.

Disclaimer: The above information is for general informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor/primary care provider before starting or changing treatment.