What is Back Acne? Unmasking "Bacne"

Ever wondered why acne sometimes flares up on your back? Commonly known as “bacne,” this is often an indicator of severe acne. Unlike occasional facial spots, bacne is often driven by hormonal sensitivities and can involve painful nodules and cysts, primarily around the shoulders.

What Causes Back Acne? It's More Than Just Hormones

Bacne doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all cause. It can be triggered by hormonal imbalances, genetic factors, and certain medications. Even your sweat can contribute to back acne. A diet high in foods with a high glycemic index, dairy, and specific carbs can also worsen the condition.

Signs You Might Have Back Acne

Nodules and Cysts

Deep skin lesions, with cysts being softer and pus-filled.

Oily Skin

The back has many oil glands that can lead to clogged pores when they mix with dead skin cells and bacteria.


When oil and dead skin block your hair follicles, it can lead to bacterial infections and inflammation.

Increased Bacterial Levels

Higher amounts of specific bacteria on your skin can lead to breakouts.

Expert Treatment Plans at Dermaesthetics Clinic

If bacne is making you uncomfortable, it’s time to consult our Specialists for an expert evaluation. Because the skin on your back is tougher and contains more sweat glands, it demands specialised treatment options to minimise scarring risks effectively.

Your Treatment Options

PRXT - 33 (no downtime peel)

Ideal for skin renewal and fighting acne-causing bacteria.

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A technique to stimulate collagen production, which can improve the skin's appearance.

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