The Truth About “Bacne”

Having an acne breakout on your face is hardly fun, what’s more the dreaded bacne breakout? Many of us are especially prone to bacne, or back acne, as our backs are covered with many oil glands, just like our faces.

What’s more, sweat from our daily routine, combined with dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day, can clog pores, giving the perfect environment for acne-causing bacteria to multiply, leading to the dreaded bacne breakout.

The causes of bacne can be more innocuous than we think! We list 3 of the more common causes here:

Skin Products
Sometimes our skin products can do more damage than we think! Some types of body butters or moisturisers could potentially clog our pores, in turn creating an environment in which acne-causing bacteria can thrive and grow.

Poor Exercise Habits
Putting off the post-exercise shower – the longer the delay, the more time sweat and bacteria have to get trapped in your pores. Just changing out from sweat-soaked clothes will help minimise bacteria-to-skin contact, and in turn reduce possibility of a breakout.

Wearing tight fitting clothing – this tends to trap sweat, in turn clogging pores and triggering breakouts. Try wearing looser clothing, preferably made of cotton – this allows your skin to breathe more easily.

Diets full of refined carbohydrates and simple sugars can increase the inflammation levels in our bodies and activity of sebaceous glands, which can in turn spur acne breakouts.

If you’ve tried making changes to the above but to no effect, don’t fret! We’ve got your back (absolutely no pun intended). Here are a couple of solutions we’ve got:

Medical-Grade Prescriptions
Prescription treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help to gently exfoliate skin and treat existing acne breakouts on your back. If your case is more severe, a prescription-strength topical medication or oral antibiotic might be more suitable for you.

As mentioned earlier, digestion is affected by what we eat, especially if it is full of refined carbohydrates and sugars, and the daily stress and anxieties in our lives – this can shift our inner microbial colonies for the worse. When that happens, the inflammation levels in our bodies increase and this can show on our skin. But by taking probiotics prescribed by your medical professional, this can help to restore a healthy environment in our gut and reduce the chances of our skin getting inflamed.

AFA Clay Peel Facials
AFA Clay Peel facials draw out impurities from clogged pores, helping skin appear smoother, softer, and firmer. Over a series of treatments, it is also possible to see improvements in bacne, as well as fine lines, rough skin, and pigmentation. This specialised facial is only available through medical professionals.

Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are specialised chemical solutions administered by Dr Kok in a controlled setting. These safely encourage the growth of new skin, while lightening bacne scars.

For more on chemical peels and what to expect during the procedure, head here.

Laser Treatments
If you feel that your case is really severe, you might want to adopt a more aggressive treatment method. Laser treatments can help to smooth out acne scars, reduce active acne breakouts and improve skin texture and tone.

For more information on our back acne treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.

We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.