What causes Acne to form on the Back?

Back acne is common in people already suffering with acne and is generally worse in men but can also affect women. It can also appear in gym lovers as they get a build up of sweat, oil and dead skin. It is caused in the same way that acne is, the sebaceous (oil producing) glands are over stimulated causing bacteria to build up resulting in spot formation.

It can vary in severity from congestion and black heads, to pustular or cystic acne. It is very hard to manage at home due to it being such a difficult to reach area.

How to best treat Acne?

We developed the Hydra-Bacial to effectively treat this hard to reach area. It consists of a 5-step deep cleaning process including;

  • Deep cleanse and exfoliation – Removes dead skin and dirt
  • Glycolic and salicylic acid peel – Reduces oil production and softens pores
  • Extractions – Purges pores to remove blackheads and congestion
  • Hydration – Nourishes the skin with key ingredients to improve skin health
  • LED Light therapy – Blue light is used to kill any remaining acne bacteria

Results can be seen in just 1 treatment, however we recommend a course of 3 treatments for the best results.

Every acne skin condition is different and can be influenced by many factors so we would always recommend an initial consultation where a full skin analysis will be performed to determine the correct treatment plan to fit your goals, budget and lifestyle.

All of our treatments are results driven and clinically proven to make sure you get the clear skin that you deserve.

With over 20 years combined experience in the Aesthetic industry, we have seen all grades and severities of acne and have equipped ourselves with the right tools to manage all conditions. We are considered the best skin clinic in Kenilworth and one of the best skin clinics in Warwickshire so you can be rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Scroll down to follow links for more information on the best treatments available for back acne. Use the Book button to arrange a Obagi Blue Radiance Peel, Hydra-Bacial or General skincare consultation to discuss your options further.

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We understand that there are a lot of treatments available and it can be hard to know what is right for your skin. That’s why we offer face to face or video call consultations to discuss your skin concerns and make a bespoke treatment plan based around your goals and budget.

A chemical peel is a non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your skin. It works by using a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged surface layers.

The internationally renowned, multi award winning skin health treatment. HydraFacial is a multi step facial that effectively extracts congestion, softens fine lines, smooths and deeply hydrates the skin with instant results visible and long term benefits, suitable for all skin types with no pain and no downtime.

Back Acne FAQs

Acne is a skin condition which is very common; it causes oily skin and oil filled pustule breakouts on the skin.

Use a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid based wash helps to kill the bacteria that causes acne. This can still be a difficult area to reach so deep cleaning professional treatments such as Hydra-Bacials (HydraFacial performed on the back) are recommended for the best results.

Testosterone causes an increase in sebum production.

  • Keeping the skin free from sweat build up
  • Avoid scratching or picking lesions
  • Use a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid based wash
  • Wear loose fitted clothing when exercising
  • Medical grade treatments such as HydraBacial are a great way to keep on top of the excess oil and dead skin build up, removing congestion and blocked pores

It can vary from person to person most cases last a few months once treatment is started.

Back acne tends to occur when sweat becomes trapped under a top of sports wear during strenuous activity and exercise, clothing rubs against the sweaty skin, this then leads to breakouts.
Acne on the body is also linked to higher grades of acne, in some cases stronger treatment such as roaccutane is needed to get acne under control.

Back acne in females is most common due to hormone changes during pregnancy, menstruation, menopause and dealing with reproductive conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

Stress can contribute to acne, as when you become stressed the body makes more of the hormone called cortisol. This causes the cortisol levels to rise and can lead to the body producing more sebum.

While drinking is essential for your overall health, including skin health, there is no definitive research supporting the claim that drinking water will reduce acne.

Avoid friction from anything that will rub against the back such as a backpack, anything that causes friction can irritate the skin and cause a back acne flare up.

  • Do shower after a workout
  • Do wear loose fitting clothing
  • Do wash your sheets weekly
  • Don’t wear your hair down if you’re having a flare up
  • Don’t pick the active spots
  • Don’t apply moisturiser or perfumed products to the skin

Vitamin D plays an important role in the immune system, when vitamin D levels are low in the body it can contribute to back acne.

There is no scientific evidence to say that a lack of sleep causes back acne, although there have been small studies which found that changes in sleep can impact the skin.

Hydra-bacial is a fantastic treatment to help treat acne as it deep cleanses and exfoliates away dead skin cells. A chemical peel is applied to target excess oils. Extractions are then performed to purge the pores of excess oils, congestion, black heads and white heads. The hydration step which is full of hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants nourishes the skin and LED light therapy is then applied to calm the skin and kill bacteria.

  • Shower after a workout
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Wash your sheets weekly
  • Avoid wearing your hair down if you’re having a flare up
  • Don’t pick the active spots
  • Avoid applying moisturiser or perfumed products to the skin

Prices will vary based upon your location, the quality of the machine being used and the experience of your practitioner. Head to our price list to see pricing of our HydraBacial which is the most commonly recommended treatment for back acne.