Go Ahead and Go Backless: How to Get Rid of Bacne

BY Michael Sands · May 15, 2017

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From awards season to summer beach days, going backless is totally on trend. Unfortunately, a pesky skin condition known as bacne (aka: back acne) might be preventing you from wearing this style. A lot of people experience this, and even though it can be uncomfortable and annoying, there are things you can do to get rid of it.

For the most part, bacne is caused by outside irritants that cause your skin to break out. Depending on your skin sensitivity, your bacne could be caused by just about anything: laundry detergent, workout clothes, perfume or hair products—and even your own fingers from scratching your back. Avoiding these irritants is your first line of defense in preventing a breakout. And if you’re still struggling with breakouts, it’s time to try a more offensive approach.


Getting Rid of Bacne: Ingredients to Look For

Medical-Grade Glycolic Acid

While any cleanser is designed to remove irritants from your skin, cleansers with glycolic acid get deep into your pores to eliminate hidden causes of acne. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to exfoliate and remove oil, dirt and other irritants that are most likely to cause bacne. Glytone makes an exfoliating body wash with an 8.8% concentration of glycolic acid for an effective clean.

Try: Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

Benzoyl Peroxide

To treat any type of acne, it’s important to reduce irritation of your skin without robbing it of its moisture. Effective at treating and preventing acne, benzoyl peroxide cleans deep and neutralizes skin without drying it out. It has a unique ability to do this without causing as much irritation as some other ingredients. Best of all? It starts working on contact. This acne-fighting lotion by Jan Marini contains 10% benzoyl peroxide to fight acne at its source and help get your skin back to the pH level it needs.

Try: Jan Marini Benzoyl Peroxide 10 Percent

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is kind of a wonder product when it comes to addressing skin concerns. This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) derived from willow bark helps increase cell turnover to promote healing, while reducing irritation and breakouts. Because it’s made up of larger molecules than other ingredients, salicylic acid is generally safe to use for all skin types—including sensitive skin.

Note: Be sure to use sun protection when using products containing salicylic acid, as it will increase your skin’s sensitivity.

Try: Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Lactic Acid & Hyaluronic Acid

Lactic acid and hyaluronic acid (HA) are both found naturally in your body. While it serves various functions within the body, lactic acid can be very effective when it comes to skin health as well. When applied on the skin, lactic acid is able to gently exfoliate and hydrate, while HA hydrates and smooths. According to the Textbook of Aging Skin (page 235), when used together, lactic acid helps increase the effectiveness of HA, by helping your skin absorb it more easily.

In addition to lactic acid and HA, each of which can help seriously reduce blemishes, this moisturizer is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to improve elasticity, make skin brighter and even skin tone.

Try: DCL Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Hydrator

Blue and Red LED Lights

While not one of your typical acne-fighting ingredients, UV-free LED lights can be effective at calming and healing existing irritation, while also improving the overall health of your skin—according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Through a mixture of blue and red LED lights that can cleanse bacteria and reduce inflammation, this non-invasive device might make getting rid of bacne—dare I say—fun.

Try: LightStim for Acne

Michael Sands

Michael Sands is a writer and professional goofball based out of Los Angeles, California. He has blogged about every topic under the sun, from hair extensions all the way to limestone. He loves to learn about new topics, go to comedy clubs and write ... Read More >

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