How to Get Rid Of Bacne

A random pimple or two is one thing. But if your back is covered with acne, you, my friend, have bacne.

You will need

  • Benzoyl peroxide cream
  • Exfoliating body scrub
  • Professional help

Step 1 Treat it like face zits Treat bacne like garden-variety face zits by applying an over-the-counter pimple cream that contains 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Step 2 Wear loose, natural clothes Avoid wearing tight clothing like sports bras or tank tops, especially when they’re synthetic, or heavy backpacks. Loose, natural fabrics like cotton will help wick sweat away.

Step 3 Shower after exercise Always bathe immediately after exercising or sweating.

Step 4 Unclog pores Use an exfoliating body scrub that contains salicylic acid, AHA acids, or benzoyl peroxide. This will dry out existing pimples and remove the dead skin that clogs pores. Leave it on for at least five minutes before rinsing.

Step 5 Wear loose, natural clothes Avoid wearing tight clothing like sports bras or tank tops, especially when they’re synthetic, or heavy backpacks. Loose, natural fabrics like cotton will help wick sweat away.

Step 6 Consider professional treatment Consider going to a day spa for a bacial. Similar to a facial, it involves having your skin exfoliated and plucked free of pimples.

Step 7 See a dermatologist If your bacne is severe or resistant to treatment, see a dermatologist. They might recommend beginning an oral antibiotic, which can be very effective in banishing bacne—and, yes, even the dreaded butne.