Acne on the back appears due to the same reason for which it appears on the face. The pores of the skin get clogged because of the overproduction of the sebum or the natural oil of the skin.
This over production is the reason for the pores to get blocked. Another reason is the collection of dead tissues in the pores. Back acne or 'bacne' as it is popularly called is the most difficult to treat because the layer of the skin on the back is harder than that on the face. Bacne are usually large and cystic. Nodules may form in severe cases. It is painful and has the tendency to leave painful scars. However, here are a few methods to treat back acne.
Basic care and medication
For mild form of back acne, salicylic and alpha hydroxyl acids are ideal to use. For moderate form, you could apply benzoyl peroxide with alpha hydroxyl acid. The percentage of alpha hydroxyl in the creams used for mild acne should not be more than 10%.
In case of severe breakout; antibiotics and acutane will be beneficial. These medications should not be taken without medical supervision. It is also important to maintain hygiene to treat acne. Regular scrubbing of the back should be done to exfoliate the dead cells. An anti bacterial cleanser must be used to wash the affected area. This would be helpful in removing the excess oil and dirt and preventing further action of the bacteria. If you want to be extra cautious, you could use the Zenmed botanical acne body wash which is a 100% natural cleansing system.
After good cleansing and scrubbing, applying water based moisturizer is advised. Do not leave your back wet after the bath; pat it dry and apply benzoyl peroxide based cream. This routine should be followed for a few weeks to get rid of acne. At the same time, you must keep the clothes and bed sheets you use clean by washing them regularly.
Some home remedies
Some home remedies could also help treat back acne. Tea tree oil has anti bacterial properties so it is best for acne treatment. You could also mix lemon juice with rose water and apply on the affected area to see the results. Aloe Vera is yet another savoir of yours when it comes to acne. You could apply Aloe Vera gel or drink its juice for internal healing. You could also make an acne mask using cooked oatmeal and honey. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes to see amazing benefits. Applying crushed tomato also works for many.
These are basic treatments of for 'bacne'. If your case grows more severe, you must not hesitate to visit a dermatologist. It will be only then you would get an appropriate treatment.