Back and Shoulder acne can be incredibly embarrassing when it comes time to take off your shirt, especially during summer! Acne on the back is often quite different than breakouts on the face. It can be more swollen, larger, and “angrier” so to speak. Luckily, I have found that backne is much more easily treated than breakouts on the face. Why? I don’t know, but it is.
One of the best things to use on shoulder acne is Salicylic acid. This is a very effective acne fighting ingredient, and is tolerated well by most people. The skin on our bodies is often more resilient than our faces, since it is thicker, and made up differently. For this reason, I recommend using the highest strength of salicylic acid available, which is currently 2.0% over the counter.
At the drugstore, you should be able to easily find body acne treatments. My personal favorite is from Clean and Clear, and is readily available at most drugstores, and even some supermarkets (click the image to take you to Amazon, where you can easily buy the product)
Another great option is a body spray. This is very simple, you just spray your back and shoulders where acne is present, and it acts like a toner would for your face, but in a convenient spray! One of the best products out there for this is by Murad (click the image to take you to Amazon, where you can easily buy the product):
Besides using specialized products, its important to keep the skin clean. So after working out, or sweating, make sure you take a shower to cleanse the skin of excess sebum and sweat, which can in turn cause breakouts.
Another thing to think about is if you are female, and your hair often touches your back or shoulders, this could definitely be contributing to the back and shoulder acne. Our hair has oil on it that can easily clog pores, and adding to this, we use hair products such as conditioners, gel and other products that can rub off onto our skin, and in turn clog pores.
Similar to making sure you keep your pillow clean to control the bacteria, make sure you are changing your sheets and clothes frequently to ensure that you are not exposing your skin to more bacteria than necessary!