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What causes chest acne?

What causes chest acne?

Same cause, alas...: ...As acne everywhere else. And it's very common, and socially very discouraging. There is nothing special (nor especially "wrong") when someone develops acne on his or her chest. It's just the bad luck of the draw. The good news (that won't seem good for a while) is that the majority of cases of acne in a young adult just go away after a few years. But you should see a dermatologist to treat it. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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What should I do to take care of back and chest acne?

What should I do to take care of back and chest acne?

Serious Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat back and chest acne fast?

How can I effectively treat back and chest acne fast?

Systemic Rx: Acne on the trunk seldom responds just to topical rx. You'll need to visit your physician to determine whether a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline will be enough, or whether you're a candidate for isotretinoin. Best wishes, . ...Read more

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What can be done to stop getting back and chest acne?

What can be done to stop getting back and chest acne?

Serious Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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What's a fast way to take care of mild chest acne quickly?

What's a fast way to take care of mild chest acne quickly?

Serious Rx: Once acne's on the chest, topical benzoyl peroxide is usually not sufficient to clear it up. Your physician may add a topical or systemic antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can you please describe common things i can change in my daily lifestyle to improve chest acne?

Can you please describe common things i can change in my daily lifestyle to improve chest acne?

Tough to do : Chest acne like acne in other areas usually requires topical and/or oral treatments (depending on severity). Start with otc benzoyl peroxide that comes in washes or gels (be careful though as they can bleach clothing). ...Read more

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I have some back/chest acne. Was wondering if long, hot showers contribute to it. Thanks?

I have some back/chest acne. Was wondering if long, hot showers contribute to it. Thanks?

Acne: Yes. Increasing exposure of existing acne to heat and humidity will increase irritation and inflammation of the acne lesions. The hot water will not cause acne but it can aggravate it. ...Read more

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So how do I get rid of chest acne?

So how do I get rid of chest acne?

Med: You can get oral antibiotics and topical meds from your dermatologist. You could also be prescribed Isotretinoin if your dermatologist believes in this med. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of chest acne?

What do I do to get rid of chest acne?

Chest acne: First, make sure it is acne and not another acne-like condition. This calls for a visit to your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to get rid of back/chest acne quickly?

How to get rid of back/chest acne quickly?

Serious Rx: You'll need both a topical agent such as topical benzoyl peroxide and prescription-strength Rx from your physician, probably a systemic antibiotic for a few months. If you are offered isotretinoin, most folks are very happy with this choice but it's not for the faint-hearted. If you're female, there are other options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of chest acne fast?

Systemic Rx: Acne on the trunk will at a minimum require a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. A topical agent like benzoyl peroxide may help some. Don't hesitate to consider Accutane if this fails. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of and fight chest acne?

What do I do to get rid of and fight chest acne?

Serious Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. Edit. ...Read more

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Could spraying perfume on your chest cause chest acne?

Could spraying perfume on your chest cause chest acne?

Perfume and acne: While perfume use does not cause acne anywhere on the body, it can cause acne-like eruptions if you have a reaction to it. These eruptions are easily treated and can be avoided by, you guessed it, not using the offending thing. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat back acne and chest acne, naturally?

How can I effectively treat back acne and chest acne, naturally?

Real Rx: If you are responsible for someone -- yourself or a family member -- with serious acne, it's your duty to avail yourself of scientific medicine. Systemic antibiotics such as tetracycline are gifts from mother nature, and Isotretinoin is a slightly modified vitamin a molecule. The "natural remedies" (sleeping smeared with honey, etc.) won't work and are unworthy of someone living in the 21st centry. ...Read more

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Can max clarity body wash help with scars or only back and chest acne?

Can max clarity body wash help with scars or only back and chest acne?

Inadequate Rx: This won't touch the scars and is also inadequate for acne on your trunk. You probably realize this. You're going to need prescription-strength medicine. Get with your physician or you'll end up with even more scarring. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related, serious chronic disease and you deserve 21st century management. ...Read more

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What is the best product to completely get rid of back and chest acne?

What is the best product to completely get rid of back and chest acne?

Isotretinoin: Trunk acne usually requires either a combination of a topical like benzoyl peroxide and a systemic Antibiotic, or systemic isottretinoin. The latter is not for the faint hearted but it works. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the best way to get rid of acne and chest acne?

Need advice on what is the the best way to get rid of acne and chest acne?

Serious Rx: If it's bad enough to be on our chest, you won't able able to do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't help much your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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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

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