What is Bacne ?
‘Bacne’ isn’t a word you’ll find in the dictionary. It is a combination of "back" and "acne," refers to back acne and is almost as common as it is annoying.
Acne forms when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and oil. Therefore acne can form anywhere except the palms of hands and feet as they do not have sebaceous glands, the glands responsible for the production of sebum, oil where acne is formed.
Although similar in its symptoms and causes Bacne differs from Facial acne. The skin on your back has larger pores than facial pores which means they are far more likely to become clogged. Also your back is a very large area of skin, and that means it’s also a very large area of oil secretions. Your back pores become clogged with skin cells and the oil is unable to escape as normal. This causes inflammation that becomes back acne
One of the most common causes of back acne is sweaty clothes. Hair follicles in the back can trap sweat and bacteria and cause breakouts.
When your skin is irritated by friction. If you’re frequently wearing athletic equipment, tight-fitting clothing, backpacks or anything similar, you might be prone to bacne.
Tips to prevent Bacne
1. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliating on a regular basis is important since the skin cells on the back may not slough off as efficiently as needed and that pile up can aggravate acne.
2. Wear Clothing that Breathes
It’s very important to stay away from tight clothing to minimize friction, especially when sweating. There are certain materials which absorb sweat from the skin which are beneficial. Lighter colors and cotton tracks are ideal, especially during workouts
3. Shower sooner the better
The shorter the time gap between exercising and showering, the better it is for your skin. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to shower right away, try to get out of sweat-soaked clothing as soon as possible to minimize bacteria-to-skin contact. Just changing from the wet sports bra into a dry bra or dry loose fitting T-shirt will decrease your chances of breaking out.
4. Don't let Conditioner stay in your hair
Conditioner is great for your hair, but is as harmful for your back. So When you do shower, be sure to rinse conditioner out of your hair completely. These certain tips may help you keep conditioner from invading your back and causing nasty little zits:
Always rinse off conditioner out of your hair with cold water. Warm water will open up pores, while cool water will close them. Having open pores right when your conditioner is getting rinsed off may not be a good thought for a pimple-free back.
Wash your back last, after you have shampooed and conditioned.
Rather then conditioning your hair in the shower, condition it after you get out with a leave-in conditioner.
5. Give a gentle scrub to your Back
Gently exfoliate your back to help open your pores and remove dead skin—but be careful not to over do it. Oily skin can take gentle exfoliation daily, but if you’re sensitive, once a week is good enough.
6. Ditch the dryer sheets
Fabric softener contains chemicals that aggravate the skin. Infact microscopic little strands of fibres from clothing re-deposited in the skin, especially if you’re sweating. They get leeched out and clog the pores. So prefer a liquid fabric softener instead, and get an extra rinse cycle to minimize any chemical residue that could be left behind.
7. Get a Ponytail
Styling products like mousse, gel, and hairspray contain harmful chemicals and can do more harm then good. Getting the hair up and off the back so it’s not resting against the skin depositing those chemicals in that area also helps.
For more information and queries regarding its Treatment options contact Dr Gauri's Skin & Hair Clinic at 702-464-3430