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What's to be done about chest and back acne?

What's to be done about chest and back acne?

Systemic 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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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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How can you most effectively erase my chest and back acne quick and easy?

Serious Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic treatment. Your physician knows how. If something like tetracycline 500 2x/day is insufficient, consider a referral to a dermatologist for isotretinoin. This is neither quick nor easy, but it works. If you're responsible for someone with acne, please get them treated effectively now; not doing so will lead to a lifetime of regrets. ...Read more

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I have horrible chest and back acne that won't go away. How can I get rid of it?

I have horrible chest and back acne that won't go away. How can I get rid of it?

Need big guns: If you characterize your acne as horrible, then don't waste time with anything short of the big guns that only a dermatologist can prescribe. Accutane treatment is unpleasant and somewhat dangerous but it in my opinion worth it; you must comply carefully and keep your physician in the loop. All acne can be controlled. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please, how would I get rid of chest and back acne in 1 week?

Please, how would I get rid of chest and back acne in 1 week?

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 do I get rid of chest and back acne it's really gross to me and it makes me insecure about my body now.

How do I get rid of chest and back acne it's really gross to me and it makes me insecure about my body now.

Oral med/treatment: Unfortunately it is tough to treat severe acne, especially on back because u can't see/reach well. This often require systemic/oral med. I strongly recommend discussing this issue with your doc--talk to your parents because you are only 16. If your doc is not comfortable with treating acne, he/she may refer you to a local dermatologist. There are many options for you. So, chin up....Good luck. ...Read more

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Dirty hair can cause chest and back acne, is that true?

Dirty hair can cause chest and back acne, is that true?

Why do you ask?: Despite "pop" wisdom, acne has little to do with personal hygiene. Beyond giving you a heads-up that poor hygiene is a grave personal and professional liability (like acne), your chest-and-back acne won't clear as you clean up. Trunk acne won't respond well to anything short of systemic treatment. If topical benzoyl peroxide plus a systemic antibiotic doesn't clear you, consider isotretinoin. ...Read more

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I am suffering from awful chest and back acne and it does a number to my self esteem, does any body know how to get rid of it?

I am suffering from awful chest and back acne and it does a number to my self esteem, does any body know how to get rid of it?

I do: It's really unfortunate that it's been allowed to get this far. It can't be managed by home remedies or topical therapy. Your physician will probably give a trial of a systemic antibiotic and if this fails, refer you to a dermatologist for isotretinoin. If somebody is interfering with your health care because they "don't believe in doctors" or blame u for your disease, seek help from another adult. ...Read more

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I am 34 y/o with a sudden onset of facial, chest and back acne, weight gain, dry skin and excessive sweating... What is causing this?

I am 34 y/o with a sudden onset of facial, chest and back acne, weight gain, dry skin and excessive sweating... What is causing this?

Endocrine: May be an endocrine issue: thyroid problem, pituitary tumor, polycystic ovarian syndrome etc. Ask your doctor to run a few blood tests to help figure this out. If these tests come back abnormal, see an endocrinologist. ...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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Why is it that I get chest/back acne and how can I get rid of/prevent it?

Why is it that I get chest/back acne and how can I get rid of/prevent it?

Serious Rx: It's your biology at this time. Acne is not caused by hygiene or lifestyle. Nothing you did caused you to have acne on your trunk. This is the 21st century and you need to manage it -- visible acne is a sign of poor self-care and a serious professional liability. Topical benzoyl peroxide is your first medication but you will also need prescription strength rx from your physician to supplement it. ...Read more

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I am wondering how to get rid of chest/back acne?

I am wondering how to get rid of chest/back acne?

See Dermatologist: Best to be seen by a well experienced board-certified dermatologist; nothing replaces in person history and physical when it comes to good medical care/recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have plantar warts, back acne, chest acne, spots, and stretchmarks. What can I do to treat all these ugly skin conditions?

I have plantar warts, back acne, chest acne, spots, and stretchmarks. What can I do to treat all these ugly skin conditions?

Dermatologist: Ur best bet is 2 c a reputable derm guy. All these fall into dermatology. Ask around and do some research 4 sm1 in ur area. Coodluck! ...Read more

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Chronic chest, back acne, phlegm, often inner ears itch, pimples start to arise in abdomen, throat check shows lumpy round epithelial, What's the issue?

Chronic chest, back acne, phlegm, often inner ears itch, pimples start to arise in abdomen, throat check shows lumpy round epithelial, What's the issue?

Different issues: Acne rosacea, and acne vulgaris are usually caused by propionic bacteria. However there may be folliculitis resulting from inspection of the hair follicles by normal flora/bacteria on the skin, which can be secondary infection resulting from staphylococcus species. On the other hand, throat infection is usually cause by streptococcus or Staphylococcus species, which are different mechanisms. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for back acne?

What is the best home remedy for back acne?

Benzoyl peroxide.: I like the benzoyl peroxide washes. They come in a variety of strengths and are best when lathered onto the skin during the shower and allowed to sit for a minute or 2 before rinsing. These used to be prescription washes, but were taken to over the counter status about 2 years ago so they are readily available to the consumer. ...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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What is the best non-prescription treatment for back acne? My bad and shoulders break out all the time. Any suggestions?

What is the best non-prescription treatment for back acne? My bad and shoulders break out all the time. Any suggestions?

Avoidance: Sometimes just avoiding shampoos with parabens will help. That chemical is a common preservative in shampoos but can irritate skin in some people. ...Read more

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What is the best remedy for removing back acne scars?

What is the best remedy for removing back acne scars?

Tough deep problem: These are very difficult scars to remove due to the thickness of the skin and depth of the scars. Depending on the problem: raised, depressed, wide, red, dark, etc, a variety of techniques such as microdermabrasion, injections, fillers, pdt, laser, ipl, dermabrasion, grafts, flaps, etc, may be indicated. ...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 vulgaris. I got black marks coz od acne all over my back. And also got some pimples on my chest. Doc told its acne vulgaris. Any sol.

Acne vulgaris. I got black marks coz od acne all over my back. And also got some pimples on my chest. Doc told its acne vulgaris. Any sol.

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more

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Baby has pimples that turn red with sweat or bath but stay white when normal on back, chest, and arms. Is it acne, heat rash, or allergy from vaccine?

Baby has pimples that turn red with sweat or bath but stay white when normal on back, chest, and arms. Is it acne, heat rash, or allergy from vaccine?

Baby Pimples: Baby pimples or acne, which can be light colored and on various body parts as you describe, often become a bit darker on certain conditions like exposure to heat/water or agitation/crying. These should gradually fade away in a couple of months. Get these checked by your baby's pediatrician at his next regular check to get reassurance re their benign nature. ...Read more

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Are there any remedies that will help with this back acne/dark spots?

Are there any remedies that will help with this back acne/dark spots?

Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...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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Why I have persistent acne and pimples on my back? Suggest some medicine or treatment.

Why I have persistent acne and pimples on my back? Suggest some medicine or treatment.

Try OTC first: Try over the counter medications first. Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in most anti-acne medications and can be used daily on affected areas. If this does not work, the next step would be benzoyl peroxide wash. Just make sure to look at the ingredients label on products at the store. If your acne is more severe or does not improve, consider a trip to your doctor for stronger medication. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for back acne and back acne scars?

What are some home remedies for back acne and back acne scars?

Some help: Regular use of antibacterial soap helps dry skin & kill off some bacteria residing there. Loofah or scrub brush to help remove dead skin. Sunshine (it's 24f here today) exposure helps some. Astringent ("witch hazel" etc.) can dry & kill bacteria as well. If these don't improve it, will need to see dermatologist for meds. ...Read more

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I have lots of pimples and acne scars on my face and on my back shoulder. Please suggest me with some good remedy. Thanks?

I have lots of pimples and acne scars on my face and on my back shoulder. Please suggest me with some good remedy. Thanks?

Ask dermatologist: There are many good treatments for acne. For severe cases that cause major disfigurement or distress Accutane treatment can be a good long term solution. It is a medication that can only be administered under close supervision by your physician. ...Read more

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