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BACK ACNE OR BACNE

"Bacne" is a common skin condition that can cause a lot of stress. Acne tends to appear on the back when you are suffering from severe, systemic acne.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE ON THE BACK?

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.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BACK ACNE?

Back acne has the same symptoms as severe acne on the face:

  • Hard and painful nodules and cysts
  • Excess oil
  • Increased skin cell turnover
  • Increased bacteria
  • Inflammation

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.

BACK ACNE TREATMENT AT SK:N

Book an acne consultation with us at your nearest sk:n clinic. This costs £25 and you will be seen by a qualified acne specialist. They will confirm you have back acne, or “bacne”, and will refer you to see a dermatologist, which will incur an additional fee. It is likely the doctor will then prescribe you medication and you will be booked in for a skin review in a few weeks’ time.

Once your severe acne is under control with medication, you will be able to undergo treatments such as:

  • Salicylic Peels, which get rid of oil and dirt on the skin's surface, suitable for oily skin.
  • Isolaz therapy, which uses lasers to purify your skin, unclogging pores and helping to achieve clearer skin on your back.
  • Glycolic Peels, which not only minimise oil production but are also ideal for calming inflammation.

Once you've tackled the problem of new acne breakouts, it's time to work on any scarring. Laser resurfacing and Microneedling are treatments which can improve the appearance of acne scars.

Laser resurfacing uses laser technology to remove the top layers of skin - the damaged cells - leaving the new fresh skin underneath for a smoother appearance. Microneedling works similarly, but uses tiny needles to stimulate the skin's repairing process and trigger the production of a new, smooth texture.

At sk:n, we’re proud to have leading dermatologists treating back acne, as well as a team of acne specialists who understand not only the medical causes behind acne and “bacne” but also the terrible effects it can have on sufferers’ confidence and lifestyle.

Book your back acne consultation today and start your journey to clearer skin.

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