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Dermatologist Tells What Causes Back Acne Or Bacne & How To Treat It Permanently

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  •  August 11, 2017


Having acne at the most unlikely places is so annoying. Compared to face acne, back acne is difficult to get rid of. According to doctors, this skin condition is characterized by an area of seborrhoea, comedones, papules and nodules that occur on the face, chest, back and upper arms. 

Vogue Indian spoke to Mumbai-based celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harshna Bijlani who talked about the causes, symptoms, and treatment to get rid of the backnes forever. Read the health article that was first published in Vogue India.


What could have caused my current bout of back acne?

“Body acne is caused by overactive oil glands, excess dead skin cells and a combination of these two trapped in your pores,” says Dr Bijlani. “Some of the most common factors that cause back and face acne are dandruff, excessive sweating while working out, protein shakes, hormonal imbalance, erratic diets, unhealthy eating habits, excessive sugar and dairy. It can also sometimes be caused due to waxing your back or getting oil massages done and not showering straight after.” Plus, you’ll find back acne a common concern during the rainy season, considering all that humidity and damp clothes—ideal conditions for bacteria to go on overdrive.


What sort of a skincare regime should one follow to avoid bacne?

“Maintain a clean and healthy diet, shower twice a day and make sure you shower immediately after you work out. Use a medicated bodywash—look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, etc. Make sure you wash your hair often, especially if you have an oily scalp. Use a clarifying or anti-dandruff shampoo as a very common cause for back acne is dandruff. Getting monthly clean-ups if you are prone to acne is also a good idea. If you still get a breakout, go see your skin doctor and get started on the prescribed medication.”


How should one get rid of existing, active bacne?

“For the existing active bacne, you can opt for home care in the form of a medicated body wash with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil, and creams containing benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, etc. For clinical treatments, you can opt for back facials, peels and clean ups. At The AgeLess Clinic, we also have the Alma Clearskin Laser, which is a state-of-the-art acne laser. This is the perfect spot treatment to painlessly reduce your active acne and prevent it from reoccurring—without any painful pricking, squeezing, peeling or downtime. If none of these seem to be working for you, I would recommend seeing your skin doctor regarding prescription of antibiotics or other medication for your acne.”

What’s the best way to clear bacne scars?

“As Indians, we tend to pigment easily, so your acne may go in a week but your marks may remain for even up to six months. The best way to avoid acne marks is to make sure you start treating your acne as soon as you see the early signs of acne forming; this will reduce the chances of scarring as well as reduce the possibility of the acne spreading in the surrounding areas. The redness and marks left behind by acne may be treated with home care as well as clinical treatments. To get rid of acne marks at home, you can opt for lightening creams and even lightening soaps that contain kojic acid, glycolic acid, etc. If you’re using a lightening spot cream containing hydroquinone, make sure you only use it at night and as directed by your doctor.”

Are there any dermatologist treatments to zap bacne fast?

“For clinical options, there are various treatments like back clean-ups, peels in various combinations for skin lightening, lightening lasers, Hydrafacial for the back and even our signature AgeLess Back Facial, which a lot of our patients opt for especially around Navratri or weddings when they want to wear something backless. One good point to keep in mind is that each person’s skin reacts differently to these treatments and the best thing you could do to prevent reoccurrence of bacne is to let your skin doctor suggest what works best for you. [These laser treatments], unlike topical products, do not just subside the bacne. They actually help heal the cause of acne by reducing the sebum production in the acne causing glands, and hence reducing acne permanently.”

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