Facial acne happens to almost everyone, and is finally getting it's due as nothing to be ashamed of. But acne on your back — which is often more serious, and sometimes painful — hasn't exactly gotten it's time in the spotlight yet. And that's not great, since bacne could be an indicator of how things are going with other aspects of your health. Luckily, dermatologists know the causes of back acne, and are here to help.
It helps to know that bacne is quite different than the acne that shows up on your face. "Acne is the consistent clogging of pores with dead skin, excess oil, and potentially dirt that gives bacteria the opportunity to grow," Dr. David Greuner of NYC Surgical Associates tells Bustle. "The difference between acne on your back and acne on your face is that your back has larger pores, making it easier for them to be clogged. This is also the reason why pimples that develop on your back are sometimes larger in comparison to ones on your face. Using specific bacne products can help combat its potential aggressive behavior." So if you're feeling like what's showing up on your back is way trickier than what you've encountered on your face, it's not in your head.
Plus, the location doesn't help much either. "Because it’s on your back you may not notice it until it’s gotten angry and uncomfortable," dermatologist dermatologist Dr. Suzanne Friedler tells Bustle. But even so, figuring out the cause of this bacne is important. It can help prevent further breakouts, of course, but it can also keep you more aware of how your health is doing, in general.
Here are seven unexpected things having bacne might say about your health, according to experts.