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Back acne? 13 tips on how to protect yourself

Pimples don’t just appear on the face. Pimples can also appear on the back, chest and other parts of the body. If you have acne on your back, you should certainly approach it with as much care and caution as if you have pimples on your face. Solving the problem begins with the treatment of the skin of the neck, shoulders. Back acne is caused by the same factors that cause facial acne ie. hormones, germs and sweat. There is definitely a genetic component as well. Some people are genetically programmed to get back acne and it is more severe in men than in women.

Your back releases an oil on the skin called sebum, which traps bacteria and can clog hair follicles. If these hair follicles become blocked and infected, red, swollen and sometimes painful lumps appear. This lump is a pimple. If the bacteria spread and the hair follicles become infected, a breakout occurs.

The back is one of the most common places for acne breakouts. Although acne is not a serious health problem, it is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide. If not treated properly, acne can cause permanent discomfort and lasting memories, such as scarring.

Tip 1

If there is a problem, a light and well-balanced diet will improve the condition and prevent damage to the skin in the breakout process. Hygiene is extremely important, such as showering after work, and avoiding skin care products with strong fragrances and irritating ingredients.

Tip 2

Moisturize with medicated lotion. Skin is an organ on your body. Not figuratively, but literally. And like other organs in the body, your skin also needs water and other nutrients to look and feel good. Apply lotion to your back every time you wash it (daily). If you prefer a leave-in lotion, feel free to include one in your skin care routine. There are many leave-in skin care products. If you’re having trouble choosing the right back skin care product, you can check out MAGNISKIN Solutions Anti-Acne Lotion. With its specially developed formula for men, it guarantees an immediate effect on acne.

Tip 3


Sweat is truly your enemy in the fight against acne. In most cases, pimples are caused by clogged pores. Take a shower immediately after exercise with lukewarm or warm water. Avoid dousing areas with pimples with hot water, as this can irritate hair follicles, burn the skin and make acne worse. Use a pH-balancing cleanser to remove excess oils, debris, and bacteria from the skin’s surface before they clog pores and cause acne. When showering, don’t let conditioner or shampoo run down your back. The ingredients in these products can contribute to clogged pores.

Tip 4

Never leave sweaty clothes, loose fabrics or the like covering and “blocking” the surface (like a backpack) as these are some of the main causes of acne breakouts or worsening.

Tip 5


Keep your hair tied. Long hair can further pollute the skin on your back, causing acne breakouts. Wash your hair regularly and tie it up in a bun or high ponytail during sports.

Tip 6

Don’t forget to exfoliate. Use a mild exfoliating scrub with ingredients like salicylic acid to remove residual dirt and oils from your skin. This can help reduce the amount of dead skin that can clog pores. Unlike the face, the pores on the back are much larger and significantly more prone to clogging. For this reason, they can tolerate an exfoliating cleanser two to three times a week. This will improve cell turnover and help keep pores clear and free.

Tip 7

Small changes in your daily routine can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. As an example, we can look at your exercise habits. They could irritate the acne. For example, tight clothing can trap dirt and sweat and “rub” it into the pores. Exercising without a t-shirt or tank top on exercise equipment or on a dirty floor can also cause problems. Wear loose fitting clothing that allows your skin to breathe and helps sweat evaporate.

Tip 8


Choose cosmetic products with caution. Shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, and styling products contain a variety of comedogenic ingredients, including sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. These ingredients, along with sunscreens and skin care products containing lanolin, petroleum products, and silicone derivatives, can cause skin irritation and breakouts.

Tip 9

Try tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is produced from the leaves of a tree in Australia. It has been used by Australians for years to treat various skin problems. Today, you can find many lotions, cleansers and creams that contain this ingredient.

Tip 10


Summer can be both good and bad for your skin. Hot and humid conditions create the perfect breeding grounds for acne, but the sun at the beach can help. For example, dermatologists use ultraviolet light to treat acne. However, this does not mean that there is no need to use sunscreen. Choose sunscreen carefully. Protecting your skin from the harmful sun is important, especially if you expose your back to direct sunlight. Avoid oily sunscreens because they can contribute to clogging of pores. Make sure you choose a product that is fat-free.

Tip 11

Wear breathable, clean and loose clothing. Review the detergents you use to wash. Make sure they are not flavored. If necessary, replace them. Use a gentle detergent with minimal or no fragrance, especially if you have sensitive skin. You might even try a detergent designed for babies. Acne can be caused or worsened by products that are too strong or heavily scented. Fragrances can cause irritation and dryness on the surface of the skin, causing inflammation.

Tip 12

Make sure any material that touches your back is clean and, if possible, made from natural fibers like cotton.

Tip 13

Have you ever heard the expression “You are what you eat”? An unhealthy diet can affect our body in different ways. If you are prone to acne, certain foods can act as an activator. Research shows that foods that are high on the glycemic index can make acne worse. Such foods are white bread, white pasta and rice, as well as yellow potatoes. To reduce acne, you can try eating healthy, including vegetables, fruits, clean proteins and whole grains in your diet. If necessary, you can also include some medications.


With a few changes in your lifestyle and the help of some products, you can get rid of those pesky pimples. Pimples can be a challenge to treat, no matter where on the body they are. Unfortunately, the formation of pimples is not limited to the teenage years. Acne can appear at any age and for a variety of reasons. Pimples can appear on any part of your body, including your back. If you suffer from this terrible problem that usually leads to low self-esteem, you can also read the article “10 foods that contribute to the formation of acne or pimples”. She will give you guidance on how to change your diet to support the remedies you use to treat acne.