How to Get Rid of Bacne


Now that you’ve taken your bikinis and backless tops out of storage, the last thing you want to deal with is acne on your back. According to Dr. Iris Rubin, a Harvard-trained dermatologist, one of the main causes of bacne is hair care products—and she’s got some solutions.

“Bacne happens when the pores get clogged by sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and a bacteria called p.acnes that lives on the skin,” says Dr. Rubin. “Many hair care ingredients can clog pores and lead to breakouts as they rinse down your face, chest, neck, and back in the shower—and even leave a residue that can transfer to your skin from a towel or pillowcase. If you have long hair, that residue might be brushing against your neck, shoulders, and back all day.”

To remedy this, Dr. Rubin created SEEN—a luxury hair care line that is clinically proven to be non-comedogenic, won’t cause acne, and helps to stop breakouts. The products use a carefully curated collection of skin-caring ingredients such as shea butter cetyl esters, nourishing plant sugar-derived squalane, and smoothing plant sugar-derived hemisqualane, which work together to create gorgeous, healthy hair.

In addition, Dr. Rubin also provides tips below to help further prevent and treat bacne:

Check your products.

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Check your soap, body wash, lotion, and hair care products to make sure they are labeled as non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)—as certain natural ingredients and botanicals don’t always agree with everyone’s skin.

Don’t over scrub.

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Over scrubbing or over-cleansing body acne can dry and further irritate skin—potentially making body acne worse.

Wear clean gym clothes.


Make sure you wear clean gym clothes every time you exercise to avoid exposing your skin to sweat and existing dirt, and don’t wait too long before showering after exercise to keep skin clean and pores from clogging. Also, use a clean towel to wipe away sweat (but don’t rub skin too hard).

Wipe down gym equipment before working out.

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Wipe gym equipment before you use it, because shared gym equipment can also have bacteria and oil on it, which can be transferred to skin and the rest of your body.

For more information and to purchase SEEN, visit and follow them on Instagram: @seenskinandhair

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Kamala Kirk is a University of Southern California graduate and has been an editor/writer for more than a decade. She has written for E! Online, Total Beauty, TravelAge West, Malibu Times Magazine, and many more. She resides in Los Angeles and is a proud pug mom. Follow her on Instagram: @kamalakirk