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Back Acne Treatment London

Back acne, also known as 'bacne' is the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells and oil within the pores of the skin. We can help and have treated many patients at our London clinic. Read on to look at your treatment options


Causes of Back Acne

What is Back acne?

Back acne is a common skin complaint that mostly appears on the upper back and shoulders of the sufferer. As with many areas of the body, the skin is this area will have sebaceous glands connected to hair follicles. Back acne will start to form when the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, and when combined with dead skin cells, will lead to blockages and swelling.

Acne-causing bacteria can also be trapped within the clogged pore and multiply. The result is inflammation, and irritating spots, pimples and acne. Over time acne scarring can result.

We have acne treatments at Derma Revive Skin Clinic. One fantastic acne treatment we have at Derma Revive Skin Clinic is the Carbon Laser Facial. Yes, you heard it right, facial. Back acne can be successfully treated with a treatment designed for the face but also gives surprisingly good results for the back too.

The root causes of back acne.

Your body produces an oily substance called sebum in the numerous sebaceous glands connected to your hair follicles. Sebum moves up the hair follicles to add moisture to your skin and hair. As mentioned above, back acne is mostly caused by pores blocked with dead skin. The question is, why did this happen in the first place? There are many possible reasons, and no doubt, if you have seen one, your dermatologist will have mentioned them.


Based on one 2020 study exploring the connection between diet and acne in adults, results point towards certain aspects of the diet causing more severe acne. It concluded that people who ate more foods containing milk, sweet drinks, and fatty & sugary foods were more likely to get acne. These are probably not much of a surprise to you.

Studies such as these need to be taken into consideration because people who generally eat a bad diet will be doing so at the expense of other foods. The fact that healthier foods are not being consumed may also be the cause, so possibly not just eating fatty, sugary foods and drinks, but the lack of other nutrient-rich foods.

The mentioned study is something every dermatologist would have guessed at at some point in their careers. In addition to the above, there is the factor of certain food ingredients, such as sugar, may have an effect on hormones. High-glycemic foods affect insulin. Insulin affects cortisol.


Cortisol is thought to stimulate sebaceous glands into producing more sebum, a factor that will influence back acne.


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