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What causes back acne and is it completely treatable? also, will scars eventually disappear?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Bacteria, yes: Sebaceous gland ductal obstruction, secondary infection common. Usually low grade. It not understood completely why. Low dose prolonged antibiotic, local care and vit. Supplement will help.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Complex illness: Acne involving the trunk, like all acne, is a complex, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, chronic illness that will eventualy remit with age but at a time that cannot be predicted. Systemic medication is usually required when it's on the trunk. The oral contraceptive pill may be a choice for you. The scars will not disappear on their own; i'm simply sorry you were not treated early.
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Treatable: Acne is caused by inheritance, plugging of pores and hormones. It is treatable. See a doctor for treatment options.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Acne on the back usually requires at least a short course of systemic treatment. Remember never to use an antibiotic as sole Rx for acne.
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