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Is it normal for a 14 year old female to have acne on her chest? i am currently using prescription acne medication and have been for 2 years, it has not cleared up.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Many : Many teens and adults have acne on areas other than the face - most commonly the chest and back. If after 2 years, your current regimen is not working, you should contact your doctor to discuss other options. These options include adding an oral antibiotic, increasing the strength of the medication you are currently using, or adding another acne medication. If your doctor is unable to offer you any other solutions, you may want to see a dermatologist. Good luck!
Dr. Eric O'Neill
36 years experience
Not unusual: Many young people, including girls, develop acne on their chest during puberty. While likely self limited, if it persists, discuss treatment options with your family doctor, or dermatologist.
Dr. Jocelyn LaRocque
Dermatology 28 years experience
Yes, : Yes, acne on the chest is very common and can be very normal in a 14 year old female. You should talk to a dermatologist about switching medications or other treatment options for your acne if you have been on prescription medication for 2 years and you are still having problems. Good luck.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016


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