A random pimple or two is one thing. But if your back is covered with acne, you, my friend, have bacne.
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.
TIP: Treat it like face zits Benzyol peroxide can bleach fabric, so only use old shirts, sheets, and towels that you don’t mind staining when you have the product on.
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.
TIP: Avoid hair conditioners containing panthenol, which clogs pores.
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.
FACT: Bacne is hereditary—your chances of having it are greater if your parents did.