From time to time, everyone has experienced a little bit of ‘acne’ on a place other than their face. You might even have a friend who has experienced severe acne on other parts of their body. These problems can be embarrassing and tricky to solve – the back and buttocks can be easily irritated by sweat and clothing, making pimples worse! But is it acne, and can you get acne on places other than your face?
Why do you get acne on your face?
Acne on the face is a combination of sebaceous activity (kick-started by hormones), bacteria, hyperkeratinisation of hair follicles, and inflammation. Though many people can be quick to blame external factors such as diet, lifestyle and environment; they are not the sole cause of acne but might contribute to making the problem worse.
When it comes to acne many people know the back is not left behind. Bacne is the colloquial term used to describe acne on the back. Acne on the back can be very painful, lead to scars and range from mild to severe. Treating acne on the back can be difficult because people may be embarrassed to talk about it. Just like with facial acne, bacne can have lasting emotional, self esteem and other mental health impacts on individuals.
Reaching your back can be hard making topical treatments for back acne difficult to apply. Your partner or family member might need to assist in the application of washes, gels and creams to get the most out of treatment.
Even more embarrassing for some is to get pimples on their buttocks! Technically, the pimples that occur on the buttocks – sometimes called buttne – are not really acne, but their appearance and treatment are similar. This can be particularly common for people who sweat and wear tight fitting clothing. Ongoing painful pus filled lesions can form which require topical, medicated treatment.
Keep the problem to a minimum by wearing natural fibres, moisture wicking clothing during exercise, regular showers and loose clothing at night.
If you have concerns
If you have tried store medicines to control bacne and buttne, but have had little success, you should speak to your GP who can refer you to a skin health professional such as a Dermatologist. To make an appointment contact us today!