Post # 1
So I’ve recently noticed that I’ve developed some backne and it sucks!
I’ve never had this problem before so I’m trying to figure out the best way to clear up my skin back there. Also looking for possible causes… Is this just a thing that might happen with age? I’m about to turn 34 and while I’ve dealt with regular acne my entire life, I’ve never had any problems on my back. The only thing I can think is different is that I currently have long hair. It’s the longest it has ever been, going down to my shoulder blades. I’ve never had it reach below my shoulders before. And the backne seems to only be on the upper part of my back, where my hair falls. Could it possibly be because of the oil in my hair?
Ugh. Any help or tips would be much appreciated!
Post # 2
I had a derm tell me recently that certain ingredients in hair products can cause acne. You could try changing up your products, or keeping your hair off your back for a time, to see if that helps any. I’m battling acne too–good luck!
Post # 3
I went through a time when I was getting horrible acne on my back. The doctor recommended keeping my hair off of my back when I’m conditioning. Usually, I would just put the conditioner in and let it fall on my back while I did the rest of my shower. I started keeping my hair off of my back as well as washing with a 10% benzoyl peroxide wash (Panoxyl). That cleared it right up and I haven’t had any issues since.
Post # 4
Hmm…so maybe it is my hair! I do plan on chopping it soon anyway, so hopefully that’ll do the trick.
Post # 5
Use baking soda + water paste in the shower, leave on for 5 mins, use daily, and I promise you that it will be cleared up within days. Cutting your hair or wearing it up will probably help as well
Post # 6
I had a terrible case of backane once and the clarifying body spray saved me, i tried everything and this was the only thing that helped.
Post # 7
Lush Cosmetics makes a fantastic scrub I know is successful with this called Ocean Salt. Can also be used as a facial exfoliator.
Post # 8
Get a benzoyl peroxide 10% wash. Total game changer!
Post # 9
I’ve dealt with similar embassassing body acne! I’d second what some of the other posters said. Keep in mind, though, that body wash is only in contact with the skin for like, 30 seconds or a minute. As such, you might want something more! What’s made a world of difference for me is a combination of two products: Stridex pads and Amlactin lotion. The maximum strength, 2% salicylic acid pads in the red tube have worked great for me and have a pretty loyal following. I follow that up with Amlactin lotion. It contains a great lactic acid and alpha-hydroxy formula that gives you some mild chemical exfoliation, helping to prevent the clogged pores that can cause the breakouts. This combo has worked great in fighting body acne I’d been dealing with for literally years. Now I do this at least once a day (though I aim for twice), and the skin in the affected areas is almost always clear!
Post # 10
I did a combination of two things that totally cleared up my back/chest–switched to a natural soap (I buy mine from someone local who has an Etsy store, so convenient!) and used Stridex wipes religiously. Once it was gone it has never once come back, which is weird but also wonderful!
Post # 11
I am almost 31 and never had a problem with this until I was around 28/29 and then it was like my back just EXPLODED. It’s so awful. I have been seeing a dermatologist religiously for the past 3ish years and I have tried many different things but I fight it constantly. The biggest thing to remember is that it’s not your face, the skin is totally different. I use a wash that my derm prescribed that contains sulfer – this REALLY helps! I also second what a PP said about Amlactin, keeping moisturized. I recently switched to using Proactive pads as I was trying topical lotions but they weren’t helping. You just need to try things and see what works for you – good luck, I totally feel you pain 🙁
Post # 12
I agree with previous posters- what helped me was to clip my hair up while conditioner was working its magic, rinse it out, and THEN wash my body (I’ve been using original or sensitive Dove since I was in my early teens).
Post # 13
I stopped using products containing sulphates. It helped alot for me. Everything from toothpaste to body wash to shampoo (the most important for the back area.)
Post # 14
I have a good friend who had dealt with bacne most of her life. It dried right up after she started swimming in salt water regularly. (She had access to a salt water swimming pool, but maybe soaking in a bath with added salt or even a salt water compress on your back regularly might work?)
I do think long hair can cause this.
Post # 15
I always had trouble with backne and recently I tried using cleansing water on my back and it worked wonders!
After shower, just apply some cleansing water on your back with cotton pad. My backne has reduced noticeably after 2 weeks.