How to Treat Back Acne
- Posted on: Apr 15 2019
Swimsuit season is almost here, and that means we’re all preparing to expose some more skin. If you’re embarrassed by the acne on your back (or bacne, as we refer to it), keep reading. We may be able to help your skin clear up before the weather heat up too much.
Bacne is essentially just acne, but on the back. Some people can develop acne on their back in addition to their face, while others seem to have it concentrated there. Scratching or picking at the acne on your back can result in scarring and can even spread acne. Before treating the scars caused by acne, it’s important to treat the active acne (which just causes more scarring). Some scar treatments can’t be done if you have an active breakout, while others may not be an issue.
Types of acne scars
The most common type of scar caused by back acne is the hypertrophic scar. These are easily identified by the extra layers of scarring on top of your skin. Other scars, like Keloid scars, are shiny and smooth growths of scar tissue. Back acne can also leave a scar that looks sunken in or resembles a puncture mark. These are called atrophic scars.
At-home treatments are a good place to start if you have a smaller number of scars and they aren’t very deep. The results can vary, so make sure to do your research before you experiment too much.
There are many types of in-office treatments that we may recommend to treat the active acne or scarring on your back. Some of these treatments have been clinically proven to reduce scarring, while others may need more research to confirm how consistently effective they are.
Chemical peels have often shown to help acne and some types of scarring that result from acne. Chemical peels that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and other hydroxyl acids can be used to treat acne scarring. Chemical peels can be used on your face, and they can work on bacne, as well, though you may need a stronger peel for your back.
If you have recurrent breakouts that result in scarring, make an appointment with us to learn more about how we can help. Give us a call today at 630-568-3862 to schedule a consultation about acne, scarring, and chemical peels.