Back Acne

Back Acne Causes and How to Treat Them By Summer

The summer is quickly approaching. Is your body summer-ready? You’ve been living at the gym and eating your best and your body looks amazing – but for that acne on your back. Yes, your bacne. What are you going to do about that? And you know it’s not going to go away on its own. We have a great suggestion! Have you tried non-invasive laser treatments for back acne? Before we get into laser treatments, let’s first examine the various causes of back acne.

Causes of Back Acne

Acne isn’t reserved just for teenagers; anyone of any age can have breakouts. Acne is the result of overactive oil glands that plug hair follicles, leading to acne-causing bacteria and excess dead skin cells. Facial acne is one thing, but back acne is another, and is a sign your acne is more severe (though it’s also common). A number of factors can cause acne breakouts on the back:


Acne can be triggered by food, such as:

  • Fast food and other processed foods
  • Dairy products
  • Spicy food
  • Sugar and other sweeteners
  • Foods made with white flour
  • Sweetened drinks

Change your diet to improve your skin condition. You may want to keep a journal to monitor your diet and breakouts. Look into the elimination diet to help you identify food triggers.

Sweat and Friction

Bacteria and sweat go hand-in-hand. So, anything constantly rubbing the back, including tight clothing, will cause bacne. Are you guilty of not showering or changing your clothes right after you’ve worked out? If so, change that habit. Cleansing the skin and washing your clothes following a sweaty workout can help prevent acne on the back.


Speaking of clothing, be careful with your choice of workout clothing. Tight clothing is the enemy, and certain fabrics, such as synthetic favorites – lycra and polyester – can actually trap heat and sweat. Wear looser, lighter weight, and natural clothing. Cotton, for example, is your friend. Your skin needs to breathe.

Your Yoga Mat

Because bacteria loves sweat, your yoga mat can also be a culprit. Before using your mat, lay a towel on it, creating a barrier between you and the mat. Also, be sure to clean or disinfect your mat after each use.


Not surprisingly, stress is on this list. Research shows a relationship between stress and acne breakouts.

Best Back Acne Treatment

Now that you have some insight on preventing back acne breakouts, let’s discuss how to get rid of back acne. Besides prescriptions medications, there are over-the-counter ointments and creams that target acne. But our clients are big fans of laser therapy to treat back acne. There are various types of lasers to treat acne, and they can also target or treat acne scarring, along with pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, acne cysts, and acne nodules. We use Alma Lasers, which combines light and laser technology. The number of treatments needed and results vary from person to person.

Let’s Talk Lasers to Treat Your Back Acne

We offer the best laser treatments in Coral Gables to not only target back acne, but we also offer laser treatments for skin rejuvenation and to remove unwanted hair. And right now, we’re running a promotion: 20 percent off all services for new clients. No excuses. Schedule an appointment with us or call us at 786-210-4234. We look forward to getting your skin and body ready for summer!