4 Ways to Get Rid of Acne and Dark Spots on Your Back
  • Back acne and hyperpigmentation are common skincare concerns in the summer months.
  • Washing your clothes more frequently and using a body wash with salicylic acid can help cut down acne. 
  • Sunscreen and brightening spot treatments can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation on your back.
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More sun exposure and humidity can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation. 

While your face may bear the brunt of your summer skincare ailments, the rest of your body may also suffer some of the consequences of warmer weather, particularly your back. 

“Back-ne” and hyperpigmentation on your back are common skin concerns during the summer months, according to dermatologists, but there are ways to beat the heat. 

It’s important to wash your back and your clothes frequently — especially after every workout

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With the amount of sweat and oil your back produces, it’s no surprise the sebaceous glands on your shoulder blades may get clogged this summer. 

Dr. Sunitha Posina, a New York City-based internal medicine physician, previously told Insider back-ne can be a common concern for people during the summer, particularly if people don’t regularly wash their sports bras, binders, or workout shirts. 

You should wash your clothes after a day of sweating, just so you don’t put oil and dirt back on your acne.

In addition to washing your clothes, taking frequent showers after you work out or sweat a lot can cut down on the oil on your back and prevent clogged pores.  

Using sunscreen can help reduce hyperpigmentation 

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Hyperpigmentation usually occurs after long periods of direct sunlight. in the summertime, areas of the body that are exposed to the sun more often like your back and face are more likely to develop dark spots. 

Dr. Heidi Waldorf, a cosmetic dermatologist, previously told Insider sunscreen can be a great way to protect your skin from the sun and block the harsh UV rays that cause hyperpigmentation areas. 

If you’re worried about the white caste some mineral sunscreens leave behind on darker skin, you can use a chemical sunscreen instead. 

Use a body wash that contains salicylic acid to reduce your acne

If frequently washing your body and clothes isn’t cutting down your acne, you can also look for a body wash with salicylic acid to help break down the dirt and debris. 

Insider previously reported salicylic acid works by killing the bacteria that cause acne and reducing inflammation on the surface of the skin. 

Spot treatments with vitamin C and other natural brightening agents can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation

If you still get a few spots on your back despite putting on sunscreen, you can use spot treatments to reduce hyperpigmentation. 

Posina previously told Insider people should look for spot treatments that contain brightening ingredients like vitamin C, azelaic acid, niacinamide, arbutin, and kojic acid.

Brightening agents can lighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation by stopping the enzyme that produces melanin from overproducing it.