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5 reasons why bacne keeps haunting you time and again

Have you been trying to banish bacne all this while? First understand its various causes and then get rid of it with these effective tips.
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We know, ladies! Back acne can be quite annoying. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Kiran Sethi Updated: 7 Feb 2020, 19:08 pm IST
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Having a bout of acne is never a fun experience, whether it’s out there and obvious on your face, or concealed in lesser-obvious spots like your back–popularly nicknamed ‘bacne’ by skincare fanatics.

While a hard-working concealer might do the trick for your face, the same will never work for your back. And come summer, when those tank tops and strappy dresses make a comeback, nobody wants those angry, red bumps on their skin.

To tackle troublesome bacne, let’s understand the causes of it and what you can do to solve it.

1. Your beauty products are clogging your pores
Everything from your body wash that you use directly on your skin to the conditioner you use in your hair makes contact with your back. These products can all clog pores, causing you to get zits on your back.

Here’s how you can treat it
Keep in mind any new products you’ve introduced into your routine, and discontinue use for a while to test if they’re the problem child. You can also make simple changes like flipping your hair to the front when washing and use products that are light in texture or non-comedogenic, meaning they don’t clog pores.

2. Your gym sessions are doing more harm than good
Working out is great for your body and health, but it can also lead to bacne if you’re negligent. The friction from tight-fitting sports bras can irritate skin and cause bumps. In fact, even spending time in your sweaty gym clothes after a workout can lead to a reaction.

Here’s how you can treat it
Don’t forget to shower as soon as you finish your workout. Trust us, that post-workout protein shake can wait.

3. You’re prone to acne
If you’re prone to pimply skin on your face, or see your parents face the same issue, chances are your bacne is just hereditary. There’s also the case of sensitive skin, where hair-removal processes like waxing or bleaching can cause those irritating bumps.

Also, read: Calling all peeps with oily skin: Tomatoes can fix your acne and blackheads

Here’s how you can treat it
Use an over-the-counter salicylic or glycolic acid cleanser that cures blemishes and prevents them in the future. You can also incorporate these into your routine easily. If everything fails, visit your dermatologist and they’ll recommend a topical cream to heal the bumps.

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If you have an acne-prone skin, chances are that you might get bacne as well. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

4. Your diet is just not cutting it
They say you are what you eat, and if you’re loading up on the shakes and fries, it’s going to show up on your skin.

Here’s how you can treat it
Eat a well-balanced diet filled with carbs, proteins, fibre and essential vitamins. Sometimes, even milk causes acne, and eliminating dairy can be super effective in treating the bumps on your back.

5. You need to improve your scrub-a-dub sessions
You might feel like you’re doing it, but forgetting to wash the grime and dirt of your back is actually the primary reason for bacne. Yes, we know it’s not easy to reach or see and might require an extra tool or two, but the reality is, your back needs that cleansing and love too.

Here’s how you can treat it
Exfoliate at least once in 15 days and hydrate skin on the back on a daily basis with a lightweight lotion to keep acne at bay.

So, without further ado, follow these effective yet handy tips and bid adieu to that annoying bacne.


You can also follow Dr Kiran Sethi at @DrKiranSays on Instagram and YouTube

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About the Author

A widely renowned skin and cosmetic specialist in Delhi, she is a Columbia University graduate with an MD from the USA. She further studied in the UK and has a Masters in Dermatology Skills and Treatments and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology and is also a Diplomate in Cosmetic ScienceShe is additionally American Board Certified with further certificates in Aesthetic Medicine, Cosmetic Lasers and Laser Surgery, and a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Dermatology, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, European Society of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology, International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology and IADVL among others. ...Read More

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