How to Treat Back Acne Scars

Swimsuit season is coming close, and that means we’re all getting ready to show a lot more skin. If you’re bothered or embarrassed by acne on your back (or bacne), keep reading. We have an option to help you clear up your skin in time for swimsuit season. Chemical peels can help you treat active acne breakouts, or even the scarring left behind from past breakouts. Keep reading to learn more about back acne and back acne scarring.

Types of scars

Hypertrophic scars are the most common type of scar that is caused by back acne. These scars are characterized by extra layers of scarring that seem to sit on top of your skin. Other scars, called Keloid scars, are shiny and smooth growths of scar tissue. Occasionally, back acne can produce atrophic scars, which are scars that look sunken in or resemble a puncture wound or ice pick wound.

At-home treatments

At-home treatments are a good starting point if you have a smaller number of scars and they aren’t very deep. Because of the placement of bacne or scarring, you may need someone to assist you in your treatment. Make sure to read directions of all treatments you attempt and go slow. You don’t want to cause more harm.

In-office procedures

There are many types of in-office treatments that we may recommend to treat the scars left on your back. Chemical peels have often shown to help acne and certain types of scarring from acne (atrophic scars are notoriously difficult to treat). Strong chemical peels containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and other hydroxyl acids can be used to treat scarring from acne or accidents. Chemical peels can be used on your face or even the back and chest.

If you have recurrent breakouts that result in scarring, make an appointment with us to learn more about how we may be able to help. Give us a call today at (510) 724-8282 for our Pinole office or (415) 461-5755 for our Larkspur location to schedule a consultation about acne, scarring, and chemical peels.

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