If you have acne on your back (also known as “bacne”), as well as your face or chest, you are likely to suffer from severe acne. Severe acne is a systemic condition, which means it has an underlying rather than a superficial cause. It involves inflamed nodules and cysts in more than one area, especially the shoulders.

Severe acne is driven by a sensitivity to hormones, in particular Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. It is often more difficult to treat back acne than acne on the face, due to the back’s tougher skin and thousands of sweat-causing glands. It is important to treat severe back acne as soon as possible for the best chance of minimising acne scarring.

Acne scarring is usually an after-effect of cystic acne or inflamed blemishes. Some people are left with pigmentation (darker or lighter patches of skin) after their blemishes have healed, and some may be left with pitted facial scarring from acne, where the skin appears uneven and dimpled. The application of make- up often enhances the look of the pitted skin, this condition can be very distressing for clients, however one that can now be treated with minimal downtime.

Our team can recommend a range of effective professional skin treatments designed to diminish the appearance of acne scars. From skin peels and laser resurfacing to the latest in microneedling treatments.