Body acne is way more common than magazines and movie stars would lead us to believe. It’s a perfectly normal thing to have, and you are beautiful with bacne or without it. That said, if you’re looking to clear up the skin on your back, here are ten products you may want to try!
1. Rosen Skincare Clear Routine
Rosen Skincare is a Black-owned skincare company that promotes positivity for all colors and types of skin; smooth or bumpy, oily or dry. If you’ve got bacne you want to get rid of, you might want to try their 4-week Clear Routine. If you want a personalized acne treatment, you can take a quiz on their website to receive information and product recommendations tailored specifically to your skin type and acne troubles!
2. Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap
I know plenty of people who swear by Mario Badescu, especially for solving their acne problems. One of their best-selling cleansers is their A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap. This grapefruit-infused body wash is ideal for all skin types and was designed specifically to combat body acne and reinvigorate your skin. On top of getting rid of back acne, lots of reviewers also report that this soap made their skin softer and brighter, and smoother!
P.S. If you’re looking for a cleanser that won’t break your wallet, you’re in luck! This top-quality cleanser is only $8.00!
3. Paula’s Choice Acne Body Spray
One of the challenges of treating back acne is that there are areas of your back you just can’t reach. Paula’s Choice has a solution for that: a sprayable acne treatment designed specifically for hard-to-reach body acne! This gentle, non-irritating exfoliant contains salicylic acid, which fights breakouts, smooths bumps, eliminates blackheads, and calms reddened skin. It’s known for producing rapid results, too, so your back acne will be gone in no time.
4. Replenix Acne Solutions Acne Wash 10%
If you’ve tried gentle body cleansers and they haven’t done much for you, you might want to try something stronger. Replenix Acne Solutions Acne Wash 10% is a medical-grade acne wash designed for stubborn acne and breakout-prone skin types. The active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, a powerful antiseptic known for its effectiveness in treating acne.
P.S. Benzoyl Peroxide can bleach, so make sure to keep colorful washcloths far away!
5. Skintanics’ Honey Facial Cleanser + Tea Tree Toner
After reading the testimonials and seeing the before-and-after pictures from Skintanics users, I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed. This Black-owned skincare company specializes in combining clinical formulas with plant-powered ingredients to create powerful skincare products that work for all skin types. Not only are their products highly effective, but they are also affordable and sustainably made!
5. Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash
Thanks to their many commercials, Proactiv is one of the brands everyone thinks of when they think of acne care. But which Proactiv product is best for back acne specifically? We recommend their Deep Cleansing Wash. It’s a medicated two-in-one treatment and exfoilating cleanser designed for body acne. It cleans and unclogs pores from head to toe, making it the perfect one-step shower soap for people with body acne.
6. Clear Proof by Mary Kay
If you do want to try a multi-step system to cure your bacne, try Mary Kay’s Clear Proof Acne System. Clear Proof contains four steps instead of the usual three, adding on a moisturizer after the cleanser, toner, and treatment gel. If you find that aggressive acne-blasting cleansers leave your skin dry, this fourth hydrating step will be a refreshing change of pace.
With both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as its active ingredients, Clear Proof is clinically proven to be fast-acting and highly effective in fighting acne on both face and body. The cleanser unclogs pores without the use of exfoliating beads, so it’s a good pick for people who find exfoliants irritating or uncomfortable.
7. SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar
For a standard bar soap that cleans and combats back acne all in one, try Shea Moisture’s African Back Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar. Black soap has been found to have positive effects in combating body acne, soothing, eczema, and reducing dark spots.
A top-selling body care company for Black consumers, this Black-owned family business is committed to fair trade and sustainability. They are also active in empowering women and small business owners at home and abroad through their many Community Commerce programs!
8. Differin Gel
Retinoids are powerful weapons in the fight against body acne, but you’ll have to have a prescription to get most products that contain it. Luckily, there is a retinoid gel available over the counter: Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment. This Rx-strength acne gel is gentler on your skin than many other retinoid products, while still making a potent attack on your back acne. Retinoids may take a bit of getting used to, as they’re more aggressive on your skin than most other products you may have tried in the past, but if your skin just won’t stop breaking out, this powerful treatment gel may be just what your stubborn pores need.
9. YUNI Shower Sheets
Sometimes back acne is caused or worsened by sweat getting trapped between your skin and your clothing. But you don’t always have time to change or shower off after a hard workout or being outside on a hot day. To cut down on acne caused by sweat, try YUNI Shower Sheets. These antibacterial wipes are infused with aloe, peppermint, citrus, neem and green tea leaf extract to go above and beyond your usual post-workout wipe-down. YUNI’s biodegradable antibacterial wipes deodorize and revitalize your skin, while also soothing inflammation and protecting skin cells from damage and signs of aging.
You’ve tried all the soaps and serums, all the lotions and potions, and nothing seems to work. If that’s the case, you may want to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about the medicine Accutane. The active ingredient, isotretinoin, is a vitamin-A derivative that’s highly effective in treating even the most stubborn and severe cases of acne. A majority of patients see a permanent end to their acne breakouts after the usual five months of treatment. It’s easily the most effective acne treatment on the market, a real-life miracle pill for acne.
The only problem is that it’s kind of a hassle to obtain. There are pretty much only two side effects, and they only occur while on the drug: dry skin and lips, and birth defects if you were to become pregnant. Because of the risk of birth defects, isotretinoin is pretty heavily regulated. If you are capable of becoming pregnant, you’ll have to see your doctor monthly, start or continue one or more forms of birth control, and take a short online quiz to get your monthly dosage.
All of that may sound intimidating, but as pretty much everyone who’s tried Accutane will tell you, getting rid of your acne for good is worth the trouble.
What products have you used to get rid of back acne? What worked best? Let us know in the comments below!
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A. A. Ford is a writer from St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a student majoring in English and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to her articles for Society 19, Ford is known for her poetry and fiction, which can be found at https://aafordstories.wordpress.com/. In her free time, she loves directing stage theater, spending time with her friends and family, and trying her best to glorify God by her life.