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What is the best to get rid of face and back acne? Is there any tube to rub on the effected area?

What is the best to get rid of face and back acne? Is there any tube to rub on the effected area?

Depends on skin type: Laser hair removal has been the most satisfactory treatment especially for light complexioned people with darker hair color. Depilatories, waxing and threading have been around for a long time but do not have long lasting results. Seem to be problematic for such large areas.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to treat back acne?

How to treat back acne?

Benzoyle peroxide: The biggest problem with treating back acne is getting someone to help you get the medicine onto the affected area. I like benzoyle peroxide wash with each shower. Towel dry and then Erythromycin 2% gel rubbed in for thirty seconds. Over the counter 2% salicylic acid in a spray form onto the back works well too. In my practice I use the acleara laser to treat the lesions; they almost disappear.

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What good for back acne spot?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can you tell me how to rid of bad back acne?

Can you tell me how to rid of bad back acne?

Serious Rx: Acne on the trunk almost always requires systemic prescription-strength treatment. If topical benzoyl peroxide plus systemic tetracycline hasn't cleared you in a month, it's time to consider isotretinoin.

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What are some tips for how to treat back acne?

Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.

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