Acne—in any form—is annoying. But acne on your back, or “bacne,” is particularly frustrating because it’s hard to reach and therefore treat. Luckily, with a few smart moves (and products), you can banish the bumps for good.

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Wear Loose Clothing

Stick to garments that are made from cotton or other breathable fabrics. Anything that’s too tight, ill-fitting or constrictive will trap sweat against your skin.

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Keep Hair off Your Back

After conditioning your hair, clip it up before washing your body so you don’t leave any residue on your back. Feeling sweaty? Now is the time to rock a ponytail or bun. Bottom line: You want to keep dirty or sweaty strands off of your skin.

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Wash Your Bras Frequently

Ditto your linens. Basically, you want to keep anything that touches your back for an extended period of time as clean as possible. Wash bras every other day and linens once a week. 

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Shower Immediately After Working Out

After a sweat sesh (be it from a spin class or a supremely awkward social situation), shower as quickly as possible to rinse off any grime before it builds up around the hair follicles and causes breakouts.

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Get a Better Body Wash

Look for a body cleanser that contains salicylic acid and use it consistently. We swear by Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash because it gets the job done without being too drying on skin. You could also use your face wash. (Just make sure it doesn’t list benzoyl peroxide as the main acne-fighting ingredient, as it tends to bleach fabrics. We don’t want your favorite dress to get ruined.)

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Check Your Laundry Detergent

Scented detergents can further irritate the skin and exacerbate bacne. Swap in a fragrance-free formula or one that’s made for sensitive skin instead. Your clothing will still get just as clean, we promise.

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