Back Acne Scar Treatment

  • Posted on October 27, 2010 at 3:17 am

Acne (Acne Vulgaris) is an inflammatory skin condition that affects most adolescents and many adults. It is caused by a combination of factors like excessive oil secretion, hormonal changes, being infected with the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria etc. While Acne mainly affects the facial area, in a small minority of cases, it is known to spread to other areas of the body like the back and the upper chest.

Back Acne or “bacne”, as it is popularly known tends to affect men more then women. If the initial episodes or outbreaks of bacne are ignored; it can very well lead to permanent scarring of the skin in that area. These scars can lead to a lot of serious psychological problems and can negatively influence one’s day to day activities.

back acne scar treatmentBack Acne scars are of many kinds, viz. Boxcar scars, Ice Pick scars, rolling scars and Hypertrophic scars. These scars are classified on the basis of their shape and size. The various back Acne scar treatments are described below.

1.   Microdermabrasion: It is an exfoliation treatment which uses various mediums like Aluminum Oxide crystals, Sodium Bicarbonate crystals and even diamond bristles to gently rejuvenate the skin by clearing dead cells and removing excess oil. It is then followed by an ablative procedure (the scar is cut-off from the skin).

2.   Laser resurfacing/ IPL treatments: The use of lasers and intense pulsed light radiation (IPL) to treat bacne scars has become very popular. It involves the use of a mechanical device which is used to clean the entire back area with lasers or intense pulsed lights. This rejuvenates the skin by increasing the production of collagen and killing germs. It also reduces or eliminates existing bacne scars. These treatments are particularly effective in dealing with hypertrophic or keloid scars.

3.   Other treatments: In many cases, dermatologists recommend creams containing niacin amide (a form of vitamin B3) or isotretinoin (vitamin A based retinoids). Severe cases of bacne scarring are treated with cortisone – a topical steroid.


Along with the above mentioned treatments, people suffering from back Acne should prevent scarring by treating Acne outbreaks ASAP, eating a wholesome vitamin-rich diet and by wearing loose clothes and showering regularly since perspiration is known to irritate Acne. By following these simple steps, back Acne scarring can be avoided permanently.

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