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What can I do to get rid of acne on my back?

What can I do to get rid of acne on my back?

BACK ACNE: Men and boys usually get "bacne" more often than girls and women. Stop eating nuts & peanut butter; stop chocolate; and cut down on dairy products. Use a wash like neutrogena acne wash twice daily; apply an acne cream or lotion like clearasil; and if it doesn't seem to help after a month or two, see a dermatologist. And be patient. Best luck! ...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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Can anyone tell me what can I do to get rid of acne on my chest and shoulder/back? What's something that will work fast?

Can anyone tell me what can I do to get rid of acne on my chest and shoulder/back? What's something that will work fast?

This is serious: You're going to need prescription-strength Rx. No 'pop' or over-the-counter medications will work adequately. Get with your personal physician. And it won't be easy, pleasant, or fast. But there are medications that will work, and in the 21st century, you owe it to yourself to be clear of this chronic but manageable, non-lifestyle-related disease. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of acne on my back, chest and shoulders?

What do I do to get rid of acne on my back, chest and shoulders?

Systemic Rx: Acne on the trunk doesn't respond well to topical therapy though some may be offered as an adjunct. Your physician may offer you a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. If you're not satisfied in a month, consider accutane. It's not cheap, pleasant, or without risks, but it may well be worth it. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of acne on my chest and back?

Acne: Acne happens for many reasons--some unknown. There are so many great treatment options for acne. Many people are helped by otc (drug store) products. Your doctor will know of a good prescription treatment that will likely be faster and more effective than the otc things. She/he needs to see it to help you as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of acne on my face back and chest?

What do I do to get rid of acne on my face back and chest?

Systemic Rx: Usually acne on the trunk will require a systemic medication in addition to perhaps a topical agent. Tetracycline 500 2x/day may do the trick. If it's really severe, a dermatologist visit is in order. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do to get rid of acne on my chest and shoulder/back . Something that will work fast?

Can you tell me what could I do to get rid of acne on my chest and shoulder/back . Something that will work fast?

Get serious: You're going to need your physician's prescription-strength medication, as topical treatment is almost never sufficient when it's on your trunk. A combination of systemic tetracycline and topical benzoyl peroxide may clear you, or if you're a woman who can take the oral contraceptive pill, this may work like magic. Isotretinoin is for tough cases and isn't for the faint-herated. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of acne on my forehead chest and back in 1 week?

What do I do to get rid of acne on my forehead chest and back in 1 week?

Temporary Acne RX: Prednisone is a temporary treatment for acne but after the Prednisone leaves your system the acne will return. You should see a dermatologist for topical and or systemic treatment of your acne. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne on my back?

How can I get rid of acne on my back?

See your doctor: He/she can prescribe appropriate antibiotics for your acne. ...Read more

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What can I use to get rid of acne on my back?

What can I use to get rid of acne on my back?

Acne: Many options including topical treatments as well as oral medicines including antibiotics. Evaluation by doctor is best. ...Read more

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How can I prevent/get rid of acne on my back?

How can I prevent/get rid of acne on my back?

Oral Rx: Acne on the back / arms usually requires systemic treatment, generally with an antibiotic; if you are a lady and can take the oral contraceptive pill this might work. Topical Clindamycin / retinoic acid derivative / benzoyl peroxide may be useful, and dermatologists have big guns for difficult cases. All acne is manageable nowadays. Good luck. ...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