Back acne also called bacne can be embarrassing and tough to deal with. It is hard to reach and thick back skin can make it even more difficult to eliminate than facial acne. It can also be very painful to the point of bleeding and open sores. Fortunately, back acne can be covered with clothing while you work to heal it. Here is how to manage back acne.

Things You Will Need

Gentle cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 10%


Wash cloth or sponge

Medication Applicator

Head and Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo

Step 1

Be aware that different things trigger acne in different people. Though some people say that diet is not a factor in acne, others can trace acne outbursts to what they are eating or drinking. Milk is one likely culprit. Other triggers include perspiration, a reaction to detergent, poor hygiene and more.

Step 2

Wash your back using a mild soap and use a wash sponge on a stick or wash cloth to reach the harder to get at areas. It is important to wash regularly to manage back acne. Exfoliate the skin with a loofah as needed, usually 2-3 times a week.

Step 3

Pat the skin dry and apply benzoyl peroxide to the affected areas. You can reach these areas with an applicator designed to apply back lotions or have a friend or family member help.

Step 4

If this method does not work consider trying Head and Shoulders Classic Clean. Wash the back with head and shoulders and let it sit for a minute or two on the skin. The zinc in Head and Shoulders Classic Clean seems to be very effective to manage back acne.

Step 5

If you are still having difficulty consult a physician for topical and or oral prescription medications.

Back acne can be hard to cope with. But with persistance you can find a method to manage back acne. Keep in mind you are not alone. Millions of people have acne. For support and advise visit

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to use a fresh wash cloth daily and to replace loofahs and lotion applicators often.

Wash your clothes in detergent designed for sensitive skin.