How to Get Rid of Back Acne

Megan Dominion

Back acne, or “bacne” if you prefer the portmanteau, is a perfectly normal, usually temporary skin condition that can flare up when we least need it. For this writer, whenever there’s a backless dress in my near future you can guarantee a loose sprinkle-of-the-uninvited-pimple-kind is going to show up for me. Big yay!

So whilst back acne is perfectly normal, if, like me, it might affect your confidence or reduce your fashion options for a day at the races then read on to find out how to prevent, reduce and rid yourself of it.


More about why bacne happens

Don’t wear a backpack

Wearing a backpack for any length of time can cause a big ol’ sweaty mess right in the centre of your shoulder blades in the bacne breeding ground that’s so hard to reach. Unless you’re hiking the Appalachian trail, find another way to get your gym gear from A to B. At SILKUP we’re a huge fan of the cross body bag this season, and these beautiful leather styles from NAME are hard to beat.

Keep your hair up

Try to keep your hair up and off your back particularly in the summer months. We’re not saying don’t ever wear your hair down, but oils and even the stimulation of the back skin if your hair is moving against it may contribute to excess oil production in those sebaceous glands across the shoulders and back.

If you tend to get a tension headache or you’re not a fan of an “up-do” then don’t worry, the 90s called and the hair icons of that decade are coming to save your back bacon. (All puns intended…) 

Try a claw grip for a loose and tension free way to get your hair up and off your back.

Silk scrunchies are a godsend! Not just for getting your hair up and off your back, but the silk stops hair breakage, and is also a great solution for gently securing your hair whilst you sleep.

four silk scrunchies

Get a loofah

Invest in a loofah or handled scrubber so that you can exfoliate your entire back area. Exfoliation is a proven way to prevent the buildup of dirt and dead skin cells which can contribute to the presence of acne.

Sleep naked

Unless you are going to wear and wash a different set of night clothes every night; which frankly, we can’t support (think of the energy!) you need to sleep naked. Sleep naked and wash your sheets regularly so that you’re not rolling around with your freshly cleaned skin on dirty sweaty clothes or bedding.

Better yet; invest in silk bedding from pillowcase to sheets. Silk is much cooler to sleep on, which may reduce or prevent night sweats; all of which means cleaner, clearer skin.

We’d love to know how you get on if you invest in silk to help you reduce and rid yourself of back acne. Get in touch and tell us what works for you?

Megan Dominion

Megan Dominion is SILKUP's Managing Editor. She's been down both the curly hair and skincare rabbit holes many times and loves that there's always something new to learn; a new science, method, product or personal experience.