How to get rid of back acne

Far from being serious or irreversible, acne on the body can cause embarrassment and discomfort. As the summer and swimsuit season approaches, here is some useful information on the situation, as well as some tips to fix it.

What causes acne on the back?

There are many causes to this phenomenon. Here are the most common:

  • Genetics. Acne can be widespread within a family.
  • Medication. Taking certain antidepressants, for example, can cause acne breakouts on the body.
  • Hormonal changes. This is what makes acne appear mainly in adolescence. Breakouts may also be observed during other periods when hormone levels change, such as menstruation, pregnancy or menopause.
  • Sweat, especially if tight clothes keep it close to the body. Sweat clogs pores and causes dust and dirt to stick to wet skin.

Not to mention two direct causes of acne: stress and nutrition. Dermatology research has shown a possible link between the appearance of acne and the consumption of carbohydrates or dairy products.

Prevention and treatment


Everybody knows that acne is not a question of hygiene. It has nothing to do with how often you shower. But you may want to pay close attention to certain ingredients when purchasing your shower gel. To eliminate acne, salicylic acid is a major player and very effective. Some specialized shower gels contain up to 2% salicylic acid, which is enough to purify and treat blocked pores.


The body’s pores are larger and tend to accumulate more sebum and impurities. You want to properly unclog them. This essential step allows you to remove dead skin that blocks your pores and can create blackheads or even ingrown hairs. Choose a body scrub with harder microbeads than facial scrubs, and enjoy a relaxing exfoliation two to three times a week.

Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub, 198 ml, Pink Grapefruit

Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub, 198 ml, Pink Grapefruit

Treat breakouts while gently exfoliating your skin with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit. Designed for acne-prone skin, this foaming scrub helps clear blemishes, pimples, and blackheads, while providing an uplifting blast of grapefruit. It quickly breaks down pore-clogging oil, visibly reduces breakouts, and helps prevent new blemishes from emerging. Clinically proven Microclear ® technology boosts the delivery of salicylic acid acne medicine and unclogs pores, while 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C refresh your skin. This scrub also contains gentle exfoliating microbeads to sweep away dead skin cells and skin conditioning beads to soothe and prevent over-drying.

Normaderm 3-in-1 Mask, 125 ml

Normaderm 3-in-1 Mask, 125 ml

For men and women of all ages with combination to oily skin who want to target recurring imperfections.

7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, 100 ml

7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, 100 ml

Deflakes, refines. Helps minimize the appearance of fine lines.


If, despite all your precautions, an unwelcome guest appears on your shoulders, you can soothe the inflammation and speed up the healing process with a localized gel. This product features a more concentrated treating agent and will attack the problem locally at the source, without drying out or damaging the healthy skin.

Advantage Acne Spot Treatment, 22 ml
Clean & Clear

Advantage Acne Spot Treatment, 22 ml

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment is a fast-working spot treatment that contains salicylic acid acne medicine to help clear up breakouts.

Acnex Purifying Solution, 200 ml

Acnex Purifying Solution, 200 ml

For the treatment and/or management of acne. Unclogs pores, dries and helps clear up acne pimples. Reduces their number and/or severity and allows skin to heal. Helps prevent new acne pimples from forming. Reversa Acnex purifying solution combines 2% salicylic acid with 10% glycolic acid for the most effective anti-acne exfoliating action, as much on the surface of the skin as deep within the pores. This alcohol-free solution won't strip skin of its natural moisture and is suitable for people of all ages struggling with acne.


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How to get rid of back acne

While not serious or irreversible, body acne still makes some people feel uncomfortable, even embarrassed, about their bodies. As the summer and swimsuit season approaches, here are our tricks to get rid of these pesky pimples.