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I have bad back and chest acne. What treatments or products would you recommend?

I have bad back and chest acne. What treatments or products would you recommend?

Antibiotics : When acne is confined to the face, you can often get by, and do well with topical therapy. When its on the chest, rarely. When it is on the back, never. You need antibiotics to get it under control. For women, birth control pills may help, as well. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I have sever back acne i mean backne on my back. what is the best treatment for this?

I have sever back acne i mean backne on my back. what is the best treatment for this?

Serious Rx: In addition to a good topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid, you'll need at least some systemic therapy, perhaps with tetracycline. Alternatively, this may be time for you to consider isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a successful treatment for acne caused by trt therapy? I am a mid 30s male with horrible back acne caused by the testosterone therapy.

Is there a successful treatment for acne caused by trt therapy?  I am a mid 30s male with horrible back acne caused by the testosterone therapy.

Acne: There are many treatments for acne . I also wonder if your testosterone treatment is perhaps on the high side. Please make an appointment to be seen and discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Acne on the back?

Acne on the back?

Prescription: Acne on the back almost always requires prescription meds. If you're not a woman for whom the oral contraceptive pill is appropriate, then consider starting with topical Clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative, adding a systemic antibiotic that's appropriate if this doesn't get the results you want. Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to remove back acne?

How to remove back acne?

Stronger Rx: Acne on the trunk almost always requires systemic treatment, for example with tetracycline 500 2x/day for starters, in addition to the topical rx. If extensive, you may be a candidate for isotretinoin. ...Read more

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Any diy remedies for back acne?

Any diy remedies for back acne?

Get real Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic treatment. Life's difficult enough without pustules and craters covering much of your body surface. Please get with your personal physician now. The medications that work are inexpensive and safe. ...Read more

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Could i cure back acne in 2-4 months totaly?

Could i cure back acne in 2-4 months totaly?

Forgive my frankness: Acne on the trunk requires both topical treatment, perhaps with benzoyl peroxide, and systemic treatment with prescription-strength medicine. No home or over-the-counter remedy will do much good. Get with your personal physician and perhaps a derematologist; if offered isotretinoin, consider taking it though it's not for the faint-hearted. ...Read more

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Can you please describe great products for back acne?

Can you please describe great products for back acne?

Systemic Rx: Forget home remedies and over-the-counter products except as adjuncts. Usually acne on the trunk requires a systemic antibiotic or stronger. Get with your physician. ...Read more

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How to treat back acne ?

How to treat back acne ?

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. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more