5 Best Skin Care Products for Treating & Preventing Back Acne

September 15, 2021

Doctors say back acne can be treated with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

By Nicole Saunders, Shop TODAY

Acne can pop up on the face, chest, scalp and back — the latter popularly called bacne. Bacne, in particular, occurs because friction from clothing combined with dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum (oil) can “inflame pores” and lead to pimples, explained board-certified dermatologist Howard Sobel, MD — it doesn’t help anything that clothes cover a “dense collection” of sweat glands on the back.

While bacne looks similar to acne on the face, back acne tends to be “more severe” than face acne, said board-certified dermatologist Imran Aslam, MD. Since back skin is often thicker than face skin, its pores and hair follicles are typically larger, too, so congestion can lead to inflammation and possibly infection more rapidly and sizably. Given the similarities between back acne and face acne, board-certified dermatopathologist Gretchen Frieling, MD, advised using the two below anti-acne ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid: This unclogs pores, prevents product buildup and dissolves oil — in our guide to blackhead treatments, board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, MD, guided us through its uses.
  • Benzoyl peroxide: This “destroys” P.acne, which is an acne-causing bacteria, noted board-certified dermatologist Debora Jaliman, MD.

Source: NBC News – 5 best skin care products for treating and preventing back acne

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