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Bacne is keeping you from rocking a cutout Lululemon top or a backless LBD on date night.
The cause: Your workout plays a role: Women sweat most on their upper middle back, according to a study published by the American College of Sports Medicine. "Back acne often has the same triggers as facial acne -- hormones spur an increase in oil production, and dirt and sweat clog pores -- yet it's typically tougher to treat because creams are rubbed away when you put on clothes or lie down," says Paul Frank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. "And this type of acne can be extreme because the skin on that part of the back is thicker and the hair follicles are larger, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria."
DIY solution: Grab a loofah that has a handle or attach the Clarisonic Body Brush Extension Handle ($25, clarisonic.com) to your go-to face tool, then lather up your back with an acne wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to unclog pores. Three times a week, reach for a peel with glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid, such as Cane and Austin Retexturizing Body Pads ($70 for 60 pads, caneandaustin.com). After every sweat session, take a shower or wipe down with an anti-acne towelette and change into a fresh top. "Trapped sweat can irritate skin even more," says Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
In-office treatment: Isolaz, a pore-cleansing laser that uses vacuum technology, can make your back squeaky clean. You'll need to see your derm a few times a year for the treatment and pay about $400 a session.
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