Bumps on Back: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention Tips

When you have a hairy back, you need to remove the hairs from your back. Otherwise it will look very awkward when your back is bared. Men especially have creepy curly hairs on their back and the rest of the body. One of the options for removing hairs at the back is waxing. Waxing can be painful, but it is an easy way to get rid of hairs from the surface of the skin. As with all beauty treatments, waxing also has some side effects. Sometimes you may find weird red bumps on your back after waxing.

Bumps on Back

Red Bumps on Back:


Bumps that appear on the back after waxing can occur due to three main reasons. Each is slightly different from the other two, but all have equal chances of occurring. So, it is important that you understand the cause of bumps, so that you can treat them and prevent them from occurring in future.

  1. Ingrown hairs are one of the common causes for the bumps to appear. Ingrown hairs are hair follicles that are not entirely removed during the process of waxing, or hairs that have grown back in such a way that they do not emerge from the skin. These hairs are small and sharp pointed hairs and can irritate your skin. This in turn causes the formation of hard bumps on your skin. You may also notice green mucus-like substance very similar to a pimple with new grown hairs.
  2. Bacteria that get into your hair follicles during waxing or during the post-waxing period can cause infection to your hair follicles. This way they become infected and form bumps. It is a condition called folliculitis.
  3. In some cases, the skin itself gets infected by bacteria. Staphylococcus is a common bacterium that can cause skin infection. The reason for your skin to get infected is a weak immune system. It can also be cause due to the use of skin tools that are not properly cleaned before you use them. All these lead to the appearance of bumps on your skin.


If you have curly hair, then you are more at a risk of suffering from ingrown hairs. This matter is explained in the website of Mayo Clinic. Hispanic and African American men between the ages 14 and 25 are the most likely to get ingrown hairs. So, if you fall into this demographic, then your bumps symptoms may be of ingrown hairs. Since folliculitis and skin infections are caused by bacteria, there is less likelihood that your bumps are caused by these more serious conditions. If your bumps are itchy and filled with pus, then it means that they may be caused by folliculitis. If there is redness on the skin around your bumps, and it is painful and tender to touch, then it can be caused due to skin infection. If you are not sure what the reason for the bumps to appear on your skin is, then you can consult your dermatologist. He will help you find it out.


You can prevent the bumps by applying an over the counter antibiotic cream and 1 percent hydrocortisone cream on your back after you complete waxing. This will help in preventing the infection and inflammation, according to the Women’s Health magazine. If you find it difficult to apply the cream on your back yourself, you can take the help of somebody to do it for you.

If this does not work for you, then you can take the help of a professional dermatologist for a better treatment. Each human body is unique. So you may need a different procedure of hair removal or a different treatment procedure after you wax your back, to prevent these problems. You can also try sugaring as an alternative to waxing.


Bumps Treatment can be done in many ways. If you constantly suffer from ingrown hairs and bumps, you can consider going for laser treatments to get rid of back hair. But laser may not work for all. Still, according to Jeffrey Dover, professor of dermatology at Yale University, lasers, especially Nd:YAG lasers, are one of the most effective ways to get rid of back hairs. You will require a few sessions to get rid of all the hairs, but if laser hair removal works well for you, you will be able to get rid of back hairs permanently with no ingrown hairs remaining on your back.


Always make sure that the wax you use and the other things that you use during waxing are clean and well-maintained. This is because your skin is a living tissue and waxing can make it more prone to bacterial infections. By using clean and well maintained tools for waxing, you can reduce the complications caused by bacteria.

Another thing to keep in mind is to visit a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician for waxing your back. You can ask your friends to check if there is swelling or redness on your bumps. If you experience severe itching or if you have a fever after your back wax, you should visit your doctor. This is because it can be a sign of an infection that needs medical treatment.

Now that you have seen how bumps are caused on your back and how to prevent and treat them, follow the tips given above and have a smooth back that you will not feel embarrassed to show off.

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