Acne is incredibly annoying, no denying it, but its round-the-body cousin, bacne? That’s a trickier devil. Those red pimples that seem to pop up on your back and shoulders like clockwork come summertime suck, and unless you’re a skilled contortionist, they're impossible to cover up with concealer. Luckily, we have some simple swaps you can make in your summer skin-care routine to rid your back of bacne in no time.
Dermatologists Ellen Marmur, MD, and Ranella Hirsch, MD, say that the season leads to a huge spike in bacne as a result of the heat and our increased sweat production. Dr. Hirsch explained that bacne, for the most part, is reactive, meaning that our super-sweaty workouts are often responsible for back pimples and flare-ups. Her tip: When working out in the heat, wear fabrics that are moisture-wicking and breathable so that sweat and bacteria aren’t trapped, able to fester, and clog up your pores. Another key? Keep your Dr. Pimple Popper-obsessed friend far away from your skin. Picking and popping will make bacne ten times worse, says Dr. Marmur.