Doctors outline the primary causes of back acne so you can address the issue head-on.

By Wendy Rose Gould

July 09, 2019

You may not have to confront it every single day like you would a breakout on your face, but back acne—or bacne—still remains one of the more frustrating skin issues.

“Acne can appear anywhere there are sweat and oil glands. It occurs when sweat, oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and dirt gets trapped within a hair follicle and clog those pores. Because our back has sweat glands, acne can also occur there,” says Dr. Howard Sobel, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and founder of Sobel Skin. “Some people are certainly more prone to getting acne, whether it’s genetics, diet, or lifestyle.”

In addition to genetics, Dr. Sobel says there are a few other culprits that can exacerbate back acne. Here are the biggest offenders so you can pinpoint what’s causing your bacne and find out how to get rid of back acne once and for all.

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