Back acne (also known as, bacne) is a particular kind of hell. Unlike regular acne, it’s tough to tell if you even have it, and once you glimpse those spots and bumps in the mirror, it’s hard to treat it because it’s a total pain to reach all the way back there. The back area also is typically clothed so the skin can’t breathe as easily and sweating, exercise and not showering after, clogged hair follicles, over oil production, applying lotion that is too heavy and then sweating all add to the breakouts. We sat down with Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD to learn more about what causes backne and what we can do to treat it.

What is the cause of back acne? Does it differ from facial acne?

You’re more prone to getting zits on your back vs. the face in general because those areas have high concentrations of hair follicles and sebaceous glands (glands that secrete an oily matter called sebum) which when clogged, causes breakouts. The skin located on the back is also very think and endures a different environment all together: back are area is also typically clothed so the skin can’t breath as easily and experiences conditions such as; sweat build up, wearing tight and restrictive clothing when exercising and not showering after which leads to clogged hair follicles, over oil production, and applying lotion that is too heavy and then sweating. 

What remedies do you suggest (both in diet and what you put on your body) to get rid of back acne?

Regularly exfoliating in the form of your products or external brush/loofa can prevent blemishes and keep dead skin build up at bay, using a benzol peroxide treatment to kill off acne-causing bacteria, wear loose-fitting clothing, shower immediately after working out (or use a wipe to clean skin if an immediate shower is not an option), and maintaining a healthy diet (stay away from sugars, alcohol, complex carbs and incorporate leafy greens, fruits, grains and lean protein) is key to a clear back. 

Are there any acids we should use to help clear back acne or any specific ingredients we should look into?

Similar to the skin on your face, the rest of your body also needs regular cleansing and exfoliation to renew its surface and draw out pore-clogging impurities and because the skin on the back is tougher and thicker than the face, more aggressive products can be applied.  This is a good opportunity to use any facial products that contain lactic, salicylic or glycolic acid as these exfoliating acids cleanse deep into your pores and allow the bonds between dead skin cells to break down and let go. 

Are there any body care ingredients we should steer away from? (For example, any extra bath oils or having a bubble bath). 

Stay away from using heavy lotions and oils in products that can lay flat on the skin and promote build up. It’s important to also use fragrance-free detergents too as the skin can get irritated from the detergents on the clothing. 

Anyways to prevent back acne?

Dry brushing or using a loofa regularly is a great way to treat back acne and keep breakouts at bay. By brushing/exfoliating skin, it works to remove dead skin cells and increases circulation overall. Wash and change your sheets often and try working in a probiotic into your diet to regulate your pH levels. 

When you’re a busy mom of three, time is of the essence, so we sat down with this superwomen, RachelAnne, to learn a thing or two about how she finds balance in her busy world.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a mama to three amazing children, living on a small six-acre farm by the busy city of Atlanta. One of my favorite things to do with the children is go outside and enjoy all of that sunshine! After a long day of play, we come back inside and clean up for dinner and then bunker down and read books together and cuddle up. I love alone time after the children are down for bed, but wouldn’t change this busy motherhood life for anything!

Can you describe your skin type (i.e. Is your skin usually oily, dry or normal)?

My skin has always been extremely dry and requires lots of extra moisture to keep it soft and from breaking out. It’s been a sore-spot since middle school, and finally in college, I got a hold on my skin care routine once I realized I needed to moisturize!

What are your skin goals?

My current skin goals are to keep my skin acne-free and keep bags from under my eyes, especially being up all night with a new baby, as well as two older children.

When you need to de-stress, what is your go-to?

The best de-stresser for me is some alone time with a chai tea and a book in hand. I love to soak in our clawfoot tub and then pamper myself with skin care indulgences.

Can you share your best multitasking tips in for both your everyday life and your skincare routine?

Being a mom of three keeps me on my feet, but I always take the time in the morning to teach the children to brush their teeth while I’m washing my face and preparing my skin for whatever lies ahead in our day. I like incorporating whatever I’m doing in my conversation with my older children by telling them how important it is to clean our faces and keep our skin healthy and happy!

Favorite thing about being a mom?

My hands-down favorite part of being a mother is watching my children grow into their personalities. My oldest daughter is spunky and so artistic, my son is bashful and just a teddy bear who loves snuggles, and of course, the baby is the light of my life. I love watching them smile and interact with each other and seeing how they are learning to play well together.

Do you have any tips for new moms trying to find a work-life balance?

My best advice for any mother trying to balance everything is get a routine down. It doesn’t have to look like anybody else’s around them, just something that suits the needs of their families and to be sure to take care of themselves and prioritize that time.

Meet Amina Belouizdad. With an impressive pedigree starting with hotel development in China, real estate private equity investing in the US, and creating the perfect all-in-one bags (think backpack to tote to cross-body bag) for ladies on the web (make sure to check out Bartaile!) buckets her in the multi-faceted expertise lane. She speaks a handful of languages, holds two Finance degrees from McGill and Wharton, and is now holds the CCO position at the newly launched The Private Suite LAX (the most luxurious new private traveling experience). Amina is an expert global traveler and we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with her and learn about her travel must-haves and tips.


What are your go-to wellness travel essentials? 

I don’t wear much makeup in general, and when I travel I like to wear even less. I focus on hydration and exfoliation. So, I always pack Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for hair and body, LaNeige Lip Sleeping Mask, Caudalie Beauty Elixir and the Goldfaden MD doctor’s scrub.

Check bags or carry-on?

If you check bags, we can’t be friends!

What are your top 3 Carry-On items you cant travel without? 

I tend to pack with 1 or 2 color schemes in mind, so that everything goes together. All black and white is a no-brainer, but sometimes I’ll do blues and beiges too. Having said that, these are my must-packs:

  • Running shoes for impromptu workouts
  • LA Dodgers baseball cap (I have 3 of them!) for bad hair days and LA pride
  • Leather jacket because it makes everything look better

Last trip you took?

In the last month I’ve been to New York (twice), San Francisco, Washington DC, Anguilla and Saint Barth’s.

What do you wear when you fly?

Black jeans by Mother, graphic tee that usually says something French, Chanel skate sneakers, and a cashmere cardigan.

Best airline snack or meal?

I try to not eat on planes (no matter the cabin!), and I always carry on a few giant bottles of Smartwater.

How do you avoid jet lag?

I fight to adjust! If I’m landing during the day, I’ll make sure I stay awake during the flight, no matter how painful it is. If you force yourself to adjust the first 24 hours, it gets much easier from there.

Favorite city? 

Can I have three? New York, Paris and London.

Kindle, iPad or book?

 Book. I’m old school.:)