How to Treat Back Acne

Body Acne | Gilbert, AZAre you worried about baring your skin? Swimsuit season is coming quick, and that means we’re all preparing to expose some more skin than we have been. If you’re embarrassed by the acne on your back (or bacne, as we call it), keep reading. We may be able to help you clear your skin up before the weather heats up.

Bacne is essentially just acne, but concentrated on the back. Some people can develop acne on their back in addition to their face, while others seem to avoid the facial kind. While you may think they’re lucky, back acne is no joke. Scratching or picking at the acne on your back can result in deep or dark scarring and can even spread the acne. Before treating the scars caused by acne, it’s important to treat the active acne (which can lead to more scarring). Some scar treatments can’t be done if you have an active breakout, while others can be used in tandem with your acne treatments.

Types of acne scars

The most common type of scar caused by back acne is hypertrophic scarring. These scars are easily identified by the extra layers of scarring that sit on top of your skin. Keloid scars are shiny and smooth growths of scar tissue. Back acne can also leave behind scars that look sunken in or resemble an ice pick mark. These are called atrophic scars, and are difficult to treat.

At-home treatments

At-home treatments are a good place to start if you have a smaller number of scars which are more color-based. The results of these treatments can vary, so make sure to do your research before you experiment with harsh or invasive at-home treatments.

In-office procedures

There are many types of in-office treatments that we can recommend to treat the active acne or scarring on your back. Some of these treatments have been clinically proven to reduce scarring, while others may need more research to confirm how consistently effective they are on different skin types.

Chemical peels have often shown to help acne and some types of scarring that come from acne. Chemical peels that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and other hydroxyl acids can be used to treat acne scarring. Keep in mind that you may need a stronger peel for your back than you would normally get on your face, since the skin on your back is thicker.

Give us a call today at (480) 638-9165 to schedule a consultation about acne, scarring, and chemical peels.

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