What is back acne?
If you have acne on your back (also known as “bacne”), as well as your face and maybe also your chest, this is likely to be because you have a type of acne called severe acne. Severe acne is a systemic condition, which means it has an underlying rather than a superficial cause. It involves inflamed nodules and cysts in more than one area, especially the shoulders.
Severe acne is driven by a sensitivity to hormones, in particular Dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
Treatment for back acne
If you suffer from back acne or “bacne”, you should be referred to a dermatologist who can assess your skin. Severe acne should be treated with medication before skin treatments and only alongside products that have been recommended by the dermatologist.
The extent and severity of your back acne will determine which medication the dermatologist will prescribe to you and how long for. You will be booked in for regular skin reviews to monitor the results.
It’s often more difficult to treat back acne than acne on the face, due to the back’s tougher skin and thousands of sweat-causing glands. It’s important to treat severe back acne as soon as possible for the best chance of minimising acne scarring.
Nodules and cysts
Cysts and nodules reside deep underneath the skin’s surface. Cysts are filled with pus and are usually softer than nodules.
Your back, like your face, has numerous sebaceous glands that secrete an oily substance called sebum. Sebum, along with dead skin cells and bacteria, can build up in the hair follicles on your back and clog them.
Increased skin cell turnover
Acne-prone skin produces more dead skin cells than is typical, and these cells aren’t properly shed.
People who suffer from acne are likely to have more of one of two versions of a type of bacteria, propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), on their skin. This can cause breakouts.
Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged and blocked with oil secretions and dead skin cells. If the clogged pore becomes infected with bacteria, inflammation results.
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