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How often should you use exfoliating body wash on back acne?

How often should you use exfoliating body wash on back acne?

Daily: The washes containing salicylic acid may be irritating if overused. A wash containing benzoyl peroxide may be better tolerated, plus you get an antibacterial effect. One does need to be careful, however, because the benzoyl peroxide can bleach colored fabrics. ...Read more

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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 a lot of back acne Bc of my body wash but I switched to cetaphil wash a while ago & I exfoliate about once a week. nothing seems to work for me?

Not correct: Acne on your back is not related to your brand of wash. "Exfoliate"??? How? Heavy scrubbing will aggravate your acne. If it is important to you a dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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If I have back acne, should I use face wash on my back?

Yes: Yes, you can treat acne on your back with any of the over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acne wash. Be ware that some people are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, so if you experience any itchy rash, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I seem to have back acne for some time. Could i please get some helpful fast effective tips on it. Also does taking hot showers further worsen it?

I seem to have back acne for some time. Could i please get some helpful fast effective tips on it. Also does taking hot showers further worsen it?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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Iam facing a problem of lot of back acne marks on my back body.Pls suggest any ointments or body lotions are there to remove the burning black marks.?

Iam facing a problem of  lot of back acne marks on my back body.Pls suggest any ointments or body lotions are there to remove the burning black marks.?

Back acne: If you are still developing widespread acne on the back, then you should talk with your doctor about oral medications like antibiotics- usually the topical treatments are difficult to apply on such an area. If it's the acne scars you're talking about, unfortunately there's no magic cream to remove them. Sometimes laser treatment by dermatologists can help with acne scaring. I'd start there. ...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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I have back acne and on my face, how will selsun help and do I put some on, let it dry then wash for face? for the back we can just simply wash withit

I have back acne and on my face, how will selsun help and do I put some on, let it dry then wash for face? for the back we can just simply wash withit

Back acne: You would do better by using a Benzyl peroxide wash on your face and back. It is better to use a 2.5 or 5 % wash if you can find them. they are over the counter now. This can take 4 to 10 weeks to work. If you don't see improvement see a dermatologist. We have many more products available to us. You don't have to live with the acne. ...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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As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...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