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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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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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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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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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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

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