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What to do to get rid of pimples on my back?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Modern Rx: If this is acne, and they are abundant on the back, an initial trial of a topical agent such as Clindamycin long with either benzoyl peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative may be worth a try, but a systemic antibiotic that's right for you is generally required. If you're a lady and can and want to take the oral contraceptive pill, this is another option.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to rid of pimples on my back?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Prescription Rx: Acne on the back won't clear with any topical remedy. You can start using benzoyl peroxide as tolerated while waiting for an appointment with your physician. Adding an antibiotic may clear you, or if you're offered Isotretinoin -- which isn't for the faint-hearted -- consider it seriously.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I have tons of pimples on my back. What can I do to get rid of them?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Serious Rx: You've already got scarring. You need to start with topical benzoyl peroxide to affected areas as tolerated and get seen by a competent physician who can supplement this with prescription meds; topicals won't clear disease on the trunk. The oral contraceptive pill, spironolactone, an antibiotic, or something else will clear you.
Finland
A female asked:

How can I get rid of the pimples on my back and chest?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
See a dermatologist: Probable acne. This is a matter of genetics and hormones, not hygiene or stress or diet. Some birth control makes it worse, some makes it better. PCOS (irregular menses) may be a factor. A skin specialist will help you.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of knots in my back?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 42 years experience
Knots in the back: You need to see a dermatologist, who can determine what these "knots" really are.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of a lot of pimples?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Derm eval: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology.

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