How to Get Rid of Back Acne

What is Bacne?

Back acne or ‘Bacne’ is a mild to severe condition of acne on your back. Whilst you can easily ignore it, that’s what makes it all the more dangerous.

Salt Baths

Along with maintaining good hygiene and cleanliness, epsom salt baths are very beneficial in renewing the skin. It naturally dries out any acne on the back whilst killing any bacteria.


There are certain foods which aggravate bacne more than others and this be different for every individual. Some react badly with dairy products but in general, sugary foods should be avoided whilst trying to heal bacne. The American Academy of Dermatology have also established a link between carbohydrates (essentially sugar when broken down in the body), such as white bread and potato chips, and acne.

Drug Treatment

A common treatment for bacne is to use topical antibiotics such as retinoids however this should usually be used for more severe cases of back acne. Contact your doctor for the best advice on medications.

  • Initial breakouts
  • Dry skin
retinoid treatment

Hormonal Imbalance

Severe acne on the back and chest can suggest some type of hormonal imbalance may be causing it.


The first thing you need to do is make sure it isn’t purely hygiene related.

  • Change your shirt or top daily (or more if you sweat a lot). Sweat can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Change your bed sheets every 1–2 weeks
  • Are not scratching or touching your back

Taoist Soap

You also need to use a good soap that can clear the bacteria from the skin but not strip out the natural oils. Many acne washes and soaps will dry out the skin which stimulates sebum production, which as we saw earlier, can block pores even more, worsening the acne. Some products such as the Taoist Soap, which isn’t drying or fat based manage to tick these boxes. But it also fights inflammation which will reduce the swelling and redness of acne too. This is due to its blend of rare, natural ingredients collected from the mountains of Korea, which cause the blood vessels in skin to dilate and circulation to increase.

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