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What is Back Acne & What Causes Bacne?

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Having acne on your face is quite common, but unlike traditional acne, back acne (Bacne) can occur due to the clothing that we wear, and the day to day activities of our lives. Back acne can be directive about the dresses we wear and the level of comfort it gives us. Oil glands that secrete in our body due to hormonal changes are the prime reason for acne, which happens to be visible in back, face or chest. Generally the face, shoulders, back are maximum exposed areas and hence they have maximum oil glands secretion which is due to thousands of sebaceous glands which produce excess oil and can lead to clogged pores. That’s why these areas are more prone to acne.

Who is likely to get Back Acne:

Bacne is most prevalent among acne victims. Teens and adults who undergo hormonal changes are most likely to face acne problems. It is said that back acne is more visible in male compared to female and the reason is that of doing something good, i.e., exercise. Mostly acne starts in the face and as its severity increases it is more prone to back and shoulders. There is another prime factor to be considered as the cause for bacne is dandruff. When the flakes are more visible and fall over shoulders and back that leads to back acne.

Also Read: Body Acne and Its Causes ( Back Acne is a Part of Body Acne )

Causes of Back Acne:

There are factors like oil glands, excess dead skin cell, dirt, and other external factors that activate facial acne also cause the body acne. Here are few very common factors which cause back acne.

Hormones: Hormones secretion is natural and it cannot be controlled unless proper diet and balance are maintained. It can be said that stress has a direct impact on the hormones in the body. This shows the severity of having acne, and it increases as bacne. Numerous sebaceous glands secrete oil and that cause bacne.

Heredity: Heredity can also be a reason for acne. You would be at a greater risk of having acnes if one or both of your parents had acne.

Clothing: It is unfair to blame your super fit dresses to be one of the causes of acne. However, when someone has bacne already this acne can trigger the existing acne. While these dresses can be rubbing or pressure on the skin can irritate already inflamed follicles and exacerbate breakouts. It may be due to tight-fitting clothing, too-snug collars, backpacks, purse straps, and athletic pads or gear. Students, especially, may want to carry their books in a handheld bag, instead of wearing a heavy backpack. So it’s better to avoid such dresses that cause when you already have acne.

Other Causes of Back Acne are

  • Dandruff (Pityriasis Capitis) which is seen by abnormal flaking and are visible can cause bacne.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis- is an inflammatory condition characterized by scaling and erythema.
  • Laser Therapy (Acne post laser treatment) can be a reason to cause back acne as the heat generated by them may trigger the acne folliculitis.
  • Shaving and waxing using unhygienic way is also an important factor due to which acne may be caused.
  • Friction or heat over the existing acne can cause them more severe.

It is very important to take care of these factors while having back acne and take necessary precautions and regular treatments to overcome these back acne completely.

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