Fourteen Ways to Combat Back Acne aka Bacne

“Bacne” is a portmanteu of “back” and “acne” and refers to the ever so common acne breakouts on your back and shoulders. Like acne on your face, back acne is generally caused and worsened by excess oil production in your skin, a buildup of dead skin cells, clogged pores, certain medications and supplements, and stress. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by dirty skin, worsened by cosmetics (use noncomedogenic makeup to prevent clogged pores) or greasy foods. A propensity for acne, in general, is also genetic.

The biggest problem with bacne is that it’s hard to reach, hard to manage, and without intervention, hard to get rid of. Here are fourteen tips that will help you win your war on back acne.  Try one or more for a week or two and see the difference!

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Is Acne Your Fault?

Acne generally isn’t caused by something you did or didn’t do.  It’s not caused by dirt or even diet (according to current research). Some people are just prone to it, while others aren’t.  Most of the time, tendency toward acne comes from your genes. That’s right, thank your parents.

Of course there are things you can do to lessen this genetic gift.  You can keep your skin clean and exfoliate carefully. You can develop a skin care regimen that works and stick to it. You can understand that acne isn’t something you “grow out of”, it’s treatable.  If you have severe acne, go see a dermatologist.

For most people, it’s a lack of consistency and care that prolongs acne.  Worse, doing things to care for your acne incorrectly can cause more acne, or worse, scarring. Continue reading “Is Acne Your Fault?”