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Rash On Back Looks Like Acne
Hallo, recently I noticed a pink, not itchy rash on my lower back (looks almost like acne) but it's exactly in the middle of my lower back. What can?
Can't tell: You need to be seen, either your doctor or a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis, a virtual consult on HealthTap may be an option too, good luck Read more
My fiance is a IV drug user and has persistent rash on back that resembles acne but are filled with pus and blood. What could this be?
Rash on back chest stomach shoulders some on neck most skin color or pink looks like tiny pimples don't itch not sick feels rough what is it?
A acne looking rash suddenly appeared on my sides and back. Its red with whitehead like pimples that looks like its spreading. What could this be?
See a derm if stays:
This is interesting because its only on your sides and back an allergy would be all over the body itch and develop hives.
Acne can be regional but also contact dermatitis. Are you lying in plactic or vinyl chairs this summer? Sometines sweating into these chairs causes a dermaitiis. Anything on the bed sheet, plastic wrap? New detergent?
Best to see an md. Read more
OTCs help some: The best you can do with over the counter products is a cleanser with 3% salicylic acid or 10% benzoyl peroxide. Of find both and alternate days. Acne is difficult to treat...Get help from a doc with experience and be patient. You may need a lot more than cleansers to fix acne. Combination treatments including bcp, antibiotics, diet, etc may all be required. Severe cases need more. Good luck! Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne is Acne: Treating back acne is no different than treating acne on any other part of your body. The difficulty with back acne is being able to apply the topical medication to the entire affected area. Because most people have a hard time reaching their backs, many doctors are more likely to start a patient on an oral medication to treat back acne in order to get results. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical and Oral: There are topical washes (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid preparations) that are often quite helpful. There are also spray on / leave on salicylic and glycolic acid products that can help. Sometimes a combination of topical preparations and oral antibiotics can quiet down the back acne (backne). Read more
Serious Rx: If it's on your back, you won't be able to clear 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serious Rx: Acne on the trunk will usually not clear with only topical therapy. Your physician is your partner in managing this serious chronic disease which is a major personal and professional liability. If your acne is not severe, it is likely to clear with an antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day plus some topical rx. For tough cases, a derm consult is in order. Read more
Yes: Isotretinoin is fda approved for treating nodulo cystic acne that has been recalcitrant to other remedies (eg. Systemic antibiotics). After a thorough consultation by a dermatologist and many laboratory tests, Isotretinoin may be administered. Monthly follow up examinations and lab tests are required. This rigorous protocol has been established to enhance drug safety. Read more