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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?

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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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?

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

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How do I cure back acne?

How do I cure back acne?

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 more

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How can I treat back acne?

How can I treat back acne?

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 more

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How do you treat back acne?

How do you treat back acne?

Topicals: Usually I advise topical retina with antibiotic gel or cream. The trick is reaching these areas. Also short term antibiotics may help. Read more

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How can you treat back acne?

How can you treat back acne?

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

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How to remove back acne quickly?

How to remove back acne quickly?

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 more

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Why doesn't my back acne go away?

Why doesn't my back acne go away?

You must treat it: It will not clear with less than a good topical ageny such as retinoids acid or benzoyl peroxide plus at least a few months on a systemic antibiotic or similar strong Rx. You may need isotretinoin. Read more

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How can I effectively treat back acne?

How can I effectively treat back acne?

Systemic Rx: Acne on the trunk usually requires systemic rx in addition to the topical agent (s) normally used. Tetracycline 500 2x/day is one of many options. More severe acne may require isotretinoin. All acne can be managed nowadays. Read more

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What would be better to use for back acne?

What would be better to use for back acne?

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

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Can there be a sure way to treat back acne?

Can there be a sure way to treat back acne?

Hard stuff: Acne on the trunk responds poorly to topicals. A systemic antibiotic is worth trying; if this fails, Isotretinoin may be required. Acne's not lifestyle or hygiene related, and it's treatable. Good luck. Read more

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What good for back acne spot?

Prescription Rx: Acne on the trunk usually doesn't respond fully to topical benzoyl peroxide, and usually requires a systemic rx at least for a short time. Tetracycline 500 2x/day may clear you, or if you're a "she" the oral contraceptive pill may be right for you. Read more

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Any effective soap for back acne?

Any effective soap for back acne?

Oxy 5: Benzoyl peroxide wah will help for pustular back acne. Resistant cases may require prescription creams and possible oral antibiotics. Read more

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Is isotretinoin safe in treating back acne?

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

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What causes back acne?

Hormones: When present in a young lady, it may be worthwhile checking for excess androgens. All acne can be managed nowadays. When it's on the trunk, a systemic antibiotic is usually required. Or if the oral contraceptive pill is right for you, this may clear everything up. Read more

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How to remove back acne?

How to remove back acne?

Stronger Rx: Acne on the trunk almost always requires systemic treatment, for example with tetracycline 500 2x/day for starters, in addition to the topical rx. If extensive, you may be a candidate for isotretinoin. 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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