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A 16-year-old member asked:

How can i treat back acne?

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Dr. Daniel Behroozan
Dermatology 22 years experience
Acne is Acne: Treating back acne is no different than treating acne on any other part of your body. The difficulty with back acne is being able to apply the topical medication to the entire affected area. Because most people have a hard time reaching their backs, many doctors are more likely to start a patient on an oral medication to treat back acne in order to get results.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Same as: Acne everywhere else. Helpful options include salicylic washes, blue light therapy, oral or topical antibiotics - to start. Best to see a dermatologist about this.
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Same as acne on face: We treat it the same way we treat it on the face, keratolytics, antibiotics and hygeine.
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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Topicals: Usually i advise topical retina with antibiotic gel or cream. The trick is reaching these areas. Also short term antibiotics may help.
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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology 19 years experience
Topical and Oral: There are topical washes (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid preparations) that are often quite helpful. There are also spray on / leave on salicylic and glycolic acid products that can help. Sometimes a combination of topical preparations and oral antibiotics can quiet down the back acne (backne).
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Dr. Adam Bodian
Dermatology 36 years experience
Benzoyle peroxide: The biggest problem with treating back acne is getting someone to help you get the medicine onto the affected area. I like benzoyle peroxide wash with each shower. Towel dry and then Erythromycin 2% gel rubbed in for thirty seconds. Over the counter 2% salicylic acid in a spray form onto the back works well too. In my practice I use the acleara laser to treat the lesions; they almost disappear.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some tips for how to treat back acne?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I treat back acne naturally?

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Dr. Monte Elgarten
General Practice 41 years experience
Natural acne therapy: There are ways to naturally resolve acne -- one way is to use special clays or muds to pull toxins from the skin and lymph channels in the face, neck and chest but to truly resolve acne you need to improve liver detox and bile clearance, improve overall GI function, lymph clearance and decrease adrenal stress which can be done in a simple stepwise program along with a change in diet.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

How to treat chest and back acne?

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Dr. Stuart Kanter
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics 22 years experience
OTC medications: I would suggest nsaids like Ibuprofen or naproxen. Short course of 3-5 days. May also try acetaminophen.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can there be a sure way to treat back acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Hard stuff: Acne on the trunk responds poorly to topicals. A systemic antibiotic is worth trying; if this fails, Isotretinoin may be required. Acne's not lifestyle or hygiene related, and it's treatable. Good luck.
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