5 Reasons You’re Getting Acne On Your Back And What To Do About It

Written by Anjali AgarwalSep 16, 2023
5 reasons you’re getting acne on your back and what to do about it

Let’s talk about back acne! It isn’t the same as acne on your face and so the causes and treatments are also not the same. At times, it’s more serious and painful than zits on your face and the worst part is that while you’d get millions of tips and tricks on face acne, you’d hardly find remedies for bacne.

We decided to take it upon ourselves to address this frustrating and surprisingly common skin woe and help you out so you can rock that backless top (we know you want to).

You obviously first need to know the cause of the problem you are dealing with. Do you know the reason behind your back acne? Here are five possible reasons that might be causing acne on your back and how you can deal with it.


You’re dealing with dandruff

Your hormones or genes are to be blamed

Oily and flaky scalps cause dandruff which is one of the most common reasons behind acne on the forehead, shoulders and back.

If you’re struggling with dandruff, chances are you also have back acne, as excess oil from the scalp transfer to your back through your hair and clog pores.

Combat dandruff by using an anti-dandruff shampoo and keep your hair tied up to avoid aggravating the condition. 


You are not washing off your hair products

Your hormones or genes are to be blamed

When you shower, make sure you cleanse your back after you’re done with your hair wash. The shampoo and conditioner run down your back when you rinse and the product residue blocks the pores, resulting in acne. In order to avoid this, make hair wash the first step in your shower routine.


You tend to sweat

Your hormones or genes are to be blamed

Overactive sweat glands on the back could be a major cause of bacne.

Plus, tight clothes could also make you sweat and trigger a breakout.

Cleanse and exfoliate your back regularly and get sweaty clothes off as soon as you can.   


You are not eating right

Your hormones or genes are to be blamed

Your diet can make a big difference to your skin. If healthy foods can keep your skin glowing, a poor diet can cause acne, excess oil production and more skin woes.

Limit your intake of foods that are rich in carbohydrates as they raise blood sugar levels and cause your skin to produce more sebum which ultimately leads to flare-ups.


Your hormones or genes are to be blamed

Your hormones or genes are to be blamed

If you’ve tried everything under the sun to get rid of bacne with no success, then perhaps there are underlying medical conditions to be blamed.

Fluctuations in hormones and hereditary factors could be why you have acne on your back. It can also be a side-effect of a particular medication you’re taking. But don’t worry; it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.

See a dermatologist and find out the real cause, so you can deal with it the right way. 

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Anjali Agarwal

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