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Back Acne

image Back Acne

Back acne and other body acne, such as chest acne, shoulder acne and acne of the buttocks can be a lot harder to treat then facial acne. This is because the skin of these areas is thicker and is often in contact with clothing that rubs and chafes. Like facial acne, back and body acne can have a profound negative effect on a persons wellbeing.

Like other forms of acne, the main cause of back acne is unknown, but there are many treatments available to ease the severity of the condition. With back acne and other forms of body acne, the best course of action is often the adoption of a thorough and consistent cleaning routine.

If you require further help and information regarding back and body acne, please visit our information section further down the page.
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Popular Back Acne Treatments

  • Acnecide 5% w/w Gel 30g

    Acnecide 5% w/w Gel 30g

    Acnecide 5% w/w Gel contains the active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide and is suitable for the back, face or chest.

    £7.75
    (incl VAT)

Salicylic Acid Washes

A shower gel or body wash containing salicylic acid should form the foundation of your back acne treatment regime. Salicylic acid helps to remove dead skin cells, unblock clogged pores and neutralise bacteria on the skin.
  • Clearasil Gentle Gel Wash 150ml

    Clearasil Gentle Gel Wash 150ml

    Clearasil Gentle Gel Wash 150ml is a gentle cleansing wash that removes bacteria, oil and excess sebum from the skin.

    £2.99
    (incl VAT)

Salicylic Acid Pads

After showering and cleaning the body with a salicylic acid wash, it is important to make sure the skin is clean and completely dry (leave 10-15 minuts). During this period it may help to gently clean the area with a salicylic acid pad.

Benzoyl Peroxide Gel

After washing and cleaning the effected area, applying a benzoyl peroxide gel is the next recommended course of action. Benzoyl peroxide is an important ingredient is many back acne treatments. Although we have acne creams on our site, here we have recommended gels as creams tend to be oily and may stain clothing.
  • Acnecide Gel 60g

    Acnecide Gel 60g

    Acnecide Gel is a 5% strength benzoyl peroxide gel that is suitable for use on the back, chest or face.

    £14.75
    (incl VAT)

Natural Back Acne Treatments

Back Acne Information

What is back acne?

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Quite simply, back acne is the occurance of acne on the back. Acne is also common on other areas of the body such as the chest, shoulders and buttocks.

Acne on the body is an unwelcome problem for many people around the world. It may be easier to hide than facial acne, but clothing often exacerbates the condition as it is in near constant contact with the skin, rubbing, chafing and generally causing further irritation. The skin is thicker in these areas as well, which can often make treatment more difficult than for acne on the face.

What are the symptoms of the condition?

The symptoms of acne of the back and body are similar with those of facial acne. The skin in covered in red, tender spots that develop into whiteheads (pimples).

What is back acne caused by?

The exact cause of acne is unknown. Hormones are often viewed as the culprit and some think diet could also play an important role. The physical appearance of acne is the result of sebaceous glands becoming blocked with excess sebum and dead skin cells. The condition can be worsened by stress, sweating and hormonal changes.

How do I treat back acne?

A thorough cleaning routine is perhaps the best way to tackle back acne and acne of the buttocks, chest and shoulders. A salicylic acid cleanser and a benzoyl peroxide treatment are highly recommended. A suggested course of action is to:
  • Gently wash the affected area with a cleanser of shower gel containing slaicylic acid.
  • Delicately dry the acne covered area and allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Further clean the area with a salicylic acid pad or cleansing wipe. Be careful not to cause irritation. if the area is too delicate, this step can be skipped.
  • Once the skin is fully clean and dry, apply a benzoyl peroxide treatment such as an acne gel, cream or lotion.
  • Once the cream, gel or lotion has fully dried, it is a good idea to finish off with a alpha hydroxy acid-based body moisturiser. This help exfoliate the skin and prevent it from drying out.

Related Categories

  • Benzoyl Peroxide

    Benzoyl Peroxide

    Benzoyl peroxide is the key ingredient of many of the treatments on this page. Please visit this page if you wish to see our full range of benzoyl peroxide acne treatments.