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How To Treat Back Acne

How To Treat Back Acne


What causes back acne?

Some common causes of acne are:

  • Genetics. Trouble with acne can run in your family.
  • Medications. Acne can develop as a side effect of some medicines like certain antidepressants. Some drugs, including androgens (male hormones) and lithium, are known to increase your chances of developing acne. If you take any of these medications, talk with your doctor about possible alternative treatments.
  • Hormones. Hormonal changes in the teenage years are often the cause of acne. But for women past puberty, pimple outbreaks can be linked to hormonal changes that happen during menstruation and pregnancy.
  • Sweat. Sweat, especially if it’s trapped under tight clothing, can make acne worse.
  • Stress. Stress isn’t a direct cause of acne, but it could be a contributing factor.

Certain foods you eat could be linked to acne. So for example, carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, potato chips) known to increase your blood sugar levels can also contribute to acne. For some, dairy products might also be a trigger.

There are several treatment options available to help people get rid of acne on their back.

Topical creams

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a product that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

People should apply the medication to the whole affected part of the back, not just the spots, usually once or twice a day. This kind of treatment will usually result in clear skin within 4-8 weeks.


A doctor or healthcare provider may prescribe oral medication if a person has severe acne. Antibiotics to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation or Birth control pills and other medicines that impact hormones or Isotretinoin.


1. Develop these habits when working out or getting sweaty.

  • Wear loose-fitting workout clothes made of cotton or sweat-wicking fabric.
  • Wash workout clothes after each use.
  • Shower and change clothes ASAP after working out (or doing anything that causes you to sweat).

2. Cleanse your skin gently.

 When washing your back and applying acne treatment, you want to be gentle.

3. Stop irritating your skin with harsh skin care products.

 Antibacterial soaps, astringents, and abrasive scrubs can worsen acne. For best results, you’ll want to use gentle, fragrance-free skin-care products.

4. Use oil-free skin care products and cosmetics.

 The packaging may read “non-comedogenic,” “non-acnegenic,” “won’t clog pores,” or “oil-free."

5.Use A Scrub with Dead Sea Salt Pre-Shower

If you get lots of under the skin spots or blackheads, using a scrub a couple of times a week in the shower may be effective, always be gentle and don’t rub your skin raw as this can increase inflammation.

Dead Sea Salt is rich with nutrients like:

  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • sulfur
  • zinc

Dead Sea salt improves moisture in the skin and reduces inflammation, redness and skin roughness.

6. Resist the temptation to pick and pop acne, even on your back.

This will only worsen acne.

See a dermatologist

If you've tried all of the above and your back acne is still stubbornly sticking around, consider scheduling a consultation with a dermatologist. They may be able to offer personalized advice to keep things under control or suggest oral or topical prescription medications that may just do the trick.