Complements How to treat and reduce back acne


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

We typically focus on our faces when it comes to acne. However, acne can affect the chest, shoulders, and the back. Back acne can be painful and even embarrassing when it comes to the clothes we wear and exposing our skin. Back acne is a widespread issue and can be treated easily. 

The skin on your back is different than the skin on our face. The back tends to have overactive oil glands that fail to exfoliate correctly, causing the breakouts. Treat back acne with products containing glycolic or salicylic acids that unblock sebum in the pores and exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. Common triggers for back acne include bath products, tight-fitting clothing, a diet that is high in sugar and fried foods, exercise (produces sweat), and not changing clothes and undergarments frequently.

Here are a few more things you can do reduce back acne:

  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing.
  • Opt for breathable workout clothes and wear them only once before washing.
  • Take a shower after your workout or sport. Be sure to rinse off shampoo and conditioner thoroughly.
  • Consider advanced treatments such as chemical peels, which are known to be effective in treating back acne. 

There are many different ways to help with back acne. Our office carries Replenix® Gly/Sal® 10-2 Spray,  which contains salicylic acid and glycolic acid to treat and prevent breakouts. Plus, the easy spray applicator allows you to reach difficult areas for an all-over treatment. If you are tired of your back acne breakouts and would like to discuss the best treatment options to help you look and feel your best, I am happy to see you for a consultation! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 814.231.7878 or email