What Causes Back Acne?

Megan Dominion

Bacne is a portmanteau (two words joined together) of “back” and “acne” to form the simpler “bacne.” How quaint! Dictionary corner aside, there’s a few things to know above all else when it comes to bacne.


What is Bacne?

  1. It’s perfectly normal
  2. Anyone can get bacne at any time
  3. It’s perfectly normal

Despite how normal a spotty back may be, there is no shaming bacne and there’s no shaming wanting to get rid of it either. It’s wedding season coming up and I’ve got $300 worth of backless DVF in the closet so now that we know what it is, if you’re keen to know how to prevent, reduce or rid of bacne then check out our other article how to get rid of back acne.

Girl showing back

So, what causes back acne?

Your back, particularly the upper centre part is really difficult to reach. What this means is that normally occurring sweat and dirt can accumulate causing bacne breakouts, whereas with your face or other parts of the body it’s easily washed in a daily shower.

Think about it…. Your daily activity may include a gym visit with a five minute stretch session laying on your back on a yoga-mat that’s how old?!!! You may go to work or college with a backpack heating up and rubbing around all that sweat into your pores. Additionally, think about your shower routine and that hard to reach area right between the shoulder blades. Are you hitting it? And Sis!.. How often are you changing those bedsheets?

Girl wearing backpack

Whilst the frequency and occurrence of back acne can also be more closely related to our age and hormones if it keeps coming up for you check out how to prevent, reduce and rid yourself of back acne.

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.