How to Get Rid of Bacne

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If you are like a large percentage of the population, you have experienced bacne at one time or another. This may bring up questions of how to prevent the issue from popping up - see what I did there?

On the other hand, if you are someone who has been suffering from bacne consistently, you are probably wondering if it is even possible to get rid of those stubborn, annoying little or big pimples and redness.

Whichever category you fit into, the comprehensive list below includes guidelines to help you with your own bacne.

  1. Hair products

A lot of us use hair products like leave-in sprays or conditioners, serums, gels, pomades, hair sprays etc to either support healthy hair or to achieve a desired style or fight against environmental factors like humidity.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with using hair products on the regular, they could secretly be causing some breakouts on your back. Here’s why: when you sweat, your hair products can migrate down to your back area and clog the pores there. Imagine putting some of the stuff that goes in your hair, onto your back while combined with sweat. Yuck.

There are a couple of ways to help prevent this.

  • Use a cloth headband around your head to stop sweat and product from moving to your face, shoulders and back.

  • Make sure that your hair isn’t touching your back by utilizing a hairstyle that moves it up and away from your skin.

2. Showering

You must be wondering why I would list something as simple as showering-surely we all do that already right? Hear me out. Showering to be clean is all important and stuff but, have you ever thought about how often you should be showering to help prevent bacne? Simply put, if you are working out and sweating, or it was just a really sweltering day and you couldn’t avoid the heat, you might want to consider taking a light shower or at least washing your back area.

Basically, if you are sweating a bunch and on top of that, you have sweaty clothes pressed against your skin constantly, you are asking for clogged pores. We pay so much attention to washing our face and cleansing it of the day’s dirt and grime but, we forget that breakout prone areas like our back, shoulders and chest need to have the sweat and dirt removed consistently after spin class or mowing the front lawn.

3. Exfoliation

We talked about showering, now let’s talk about another important topical step that should often accompany showering-exfoliation. Exfoliating your skin helps to prevent clogged pores and better clean your whole back area.

However, don’t get aggressive with the exfoliation-a lot of redness and soreness is going too far. Too keep things both effective and hygienic, avoid loofahs and in-shower body brushes. Instead, opt for a textured, exfoliating body wash cloth that you can easily throw into the wash after you are done your shower.

Alternatively, use a chemically exfoliating body wash is a both a good way to remove those dead skin cells and, is a bit more travel friendly-as you don’t have to take a wet washcloth home with you from the gym or in your suitcase.

4. Use a Non-irritating lotion

Most of us use a little moisturizer after showering and especially after exfoliating-- this is actually a good practise as we have cleansed, removed dead skin, and some skin oils, so bringing in some moisture gives back a feeling of balance and avoids the unpleasant “tight-skin” feeling.

However, if you are using just any random moisturizer on your back, you could unintentionally be causing some breakouts. This is because, like your face, you need to be cautious of whether or not your back lotion is in fact comedogenic. Do a google search on your fav body butter to find out how it stacks up. If you discover that said body moisturizer is in fact a potential irritant, don’t fret-- there are plenty of simple and inexpensive options out there. Just be sure to look for something that is hypoallergenic.

5. Changing clothes

This point kind of goes along with the aforementioned showering as, you should always put on a clean set of clothes after washing your back and body. But it is also important to be frequently switching out our clothes for clean ones in general-- especially if you find that you sweat during the night or during the day.

6. Dietary

Contrary to what we are sometimes lead to believe, diet and nutrition really do play a big role in skinhealth. While the skin on our faces get all the attention in pimple targeting, the skin on our backs can show a problem going on internally as well. One common cause of this is of course our modern diets, which often contain lots of processed/refined foods and tons of sugar.

However, this does not mean that harsh internal cleanses are the answer to the problem.

The body has an amazing capacity to naturally detox itself, but sometimes it needs a little support. Also, other things could be going on internally-- like hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, etc. That’s why, if you believe that you have tried everything and you are still experiencing persistent bacne issues, you might be missing some important pieces of the puzzle.

It can also be challenging to make changes on your own without someone to guide and support you and without having expert advice on what changes you really should be making. That’s why I created Heal Your Body, Heal Your Skin-- an online course that gives you the insight and tools that you need to start seeing clearer skin without all the guesswork.


Healing your acne or bacne is different for everyone, which is why you will not only get access to the self-paced course content itself but, also to my private course support group! Grab your spot here before they’re full.

Priscilla Johnson