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What are Back Facials, and Who Should Get Them?

Are you struggling with stubborn “bacne,” aka acne on your back? With summer just around the corner, acne on your back and shoulders can cause low self-confidence at the beach or pool.

A comprehensive back facial might just be the perfect solution! Here, we break down what back facials are and the benefits and side effects.

What is a back facial?

A back facial is a treatment that cleanses, extracts, and refreshes the skin on your back. It mimics the traditional techniques used for standard cleansing and clarifying facials

A back facial typically begins with cleansing to prep the skin. Then, the specialist will safely and effectively extract blackheads, whiteheads, and acne blemishes from your back. Finally, the skincare expert will treat the skin with acne-fighting, gentle products to prevent acne from returning.

The benefits of a back facial

Like regular facials, back facials offer a variety of benefits. Back facials are perfect for anyone who wants to treat breakouts and clogged pores on their back. They are also great for dry and sensitive skin.

Back facials will leave your skin feeling soft, clean, and hydrated. They clear the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your clogged pores. These treatments heal and clear your breakouts, reduce inflammation, and prevent future breakouts from developing. Back facials will generally leave your skin looking glowy and hydrated.

Side effects

Like other facial treatments, you may experience minor side effects after your back facial. For example, you may have minor redness and irritation. This is typically the result of exfoliation and extraction pressure on the skin. Any redness and irritation will go away after a day or two. 

Exfoliation is a standard part of any facial, so exfoliating too harshly might leave your skin feeling dry. This dryness can be avoided with a proper moisturizer after the treatment. However, if you experience any dry skin after your facial, it should be temporary. 


Your skin care specialist should recommend several products to use at home in between treatments. Moisturizers and cleansers will help keep your back skin clean and protected, maintaining the effectiveness of the treatment. Depending on your skincare concerns, products with AHAs and BHAs may also be recommended. We love Thom Elzner Complexion Pads for easy exfoliation on the face and body (always use a different pad for your face after exfoliating the body).

Back Facials at Skin Spa New York

Our customized back facials are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to treat their stubborn back acne. This gentle yet effective treatment will unclog your pores, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and leave you with smoother, more glowy skin.

While you may be tempted to fix your back acne on your own, you can end up doing more harm than good. Back skin is also challenging to reach on your own. Because of this, it’s important to leave it to the professionals. Our skilled skincare specialists are trained in extracting acne and preventing new blemishes from forming. We recommend pairing a back facial with a massage to help increase circulation and restore the skin.

During a back facial, a highly-trained skincare professional will examine your skin, evaluate your situation, and create a treatment that is unique to your specific needs. If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, please contact our experts.

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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