The Best Products To Get Rid Of Bacne, According To Dermatologists
On the list of things you don’t want, bacne is most likely up there. But it’s so, so common. And, contrary to what some people think, it doesn’t mean you're misinformed on how to stay clean. “When acne occurs on your back, it can be the result of sweating and friction from working out,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor in the department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center. The fact that friction is the main cause also sets it apart from the acne on your face.
Your back (and chest for that matter) also have a higher concentration of hair follicles and oil glands, compared to other places on your body, explains Melissa K Levin, M.D., board-certified NYC dermatologist and clinical attending at New York University Langone Health and Mount Sinai Hospital. Plus, “factors such as increased sweating, repetitive rubbing, and irritation from clothing, hair, or body products clog pores." What's more, hormone changes increase oil production, which can also worsen bacne.
When you’re searching for a product to nip bacne in the bud, Levin recommends looking for a few classic blemish-fighting ingredients, including retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. We rounded up seven of their recommendations to attack bacne from all angles. You’ll notice that many of these products are designed for your face, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them below the neck, too.
When you need to treat your bacne, here’s exactly how to do it. Bring on those strappy tanks.
Differin Acne Treatment Gel
It’s not just for your face! Levin recommends this because it’s well-tolerated and easy to apply on your back or chest, she says. It’s a retinoid, called adapalene, that’s now available OTC, unlike others that you need an Rx for. Simply apply it once a day to reduce acne redness and inflammation.
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Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cloths
While these won’t directly treat bacne, they can help reduce your risk for erupting in a breakout post-gym sesh. Levin suggests using a cloth to wipe off the bacne-prone area before and after working out to remove excess sweat and dirt. “This is especially important if you can’t immediately shower afterwards,” she says.
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Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Pads
If you feel like your cleansing routine post-exercise needs something with a bit more strength, Tanzi recommends using glycolic acid pads or a toner to wipe down your back if a shower is so not happening. These contain a 5% glycolic acid, plus salicylic acid to keep bacne under your control.
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Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash
“Salicylic acid breaks up dead skin cells to clear out clogged pores,” says Levin. What’s more, salicylic acid is attracted to oil, so it concentrates in pores where it can get to work. Plus, this one tackles bacne but is careful to do it without causing irritation to pop up (which can make the problem worse).
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Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub
Tanzi recommends alternating a 2% salicylic acid scrub (like this one) with a benzoyl peroxide-containing wash every other day in the shower. This scrub exfoliates to get rid of dead skin cells that can plug pores. Formulated to be oil-free, it also will wash away without leaving an icky residue, so your skin feels super clean.
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PanOxyl Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Creamy Wash
Peroxide is a “very effective anti-bacterial over-the-counter medication that minimizes P. acnes bacteria on the skin,” says Levin, who adds that she frequently recommends this wash. This one is designed for the face, chest, and back and comes wrapped up in a creamy consistency that feels nice when you're sudsing up.
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CVS Acne Cleansing Bar
If you prefer a bar soap to a wash, this cleansing bar has the x-factor ingredient to chase away back blemishes: 10% benzoyl peroxide. If you’re worried that it won’t lather up, don’t: You’ll get all the foamy creaminess you love. Go ahead and use this one on your face, back, and chest.
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