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What causes pimples at the back?

What causes pimples at the back?

It's called "bacne": Pimples on the back, aka bacne or folliculitis is usually the result of occlusion of oil glands and hair follicles with overgrowth of bacteria and yeast. The process is really the same as it is for acne on the face. It can usually be treated with topical washes of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Sometimes, oral antibiotics are needed to clear this up. However, it can be a chronic problem. ...Read more

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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What causes pimples on your back and chest?

What causes pimples on your back and chest?

Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more

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What causes pimples in the back? And how to treat them?

What causes pimples in the back? And how to treat them?

Acne: Pimples on the back are usually related to acne . Acne comes as a result of over active oil glands , excessive dead skin cells with proliferation of a certain bacteria on the skin leading to blockage of skin pores leading to black heads and pimples. ...Read more

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What causes pimples to breakout on my back?

What causes pimples to breakout on my back?

Acne : Commonly called "backne" oftentimes acne effects the face but also the chest and back the treatment is topical benzoyl peroxide , retinoids and antibiotics amongst others. ...Read more

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What causes pimples and bumps on head and back of neck?

What causes pimples and bumps on head and back of neck?

Inflamed follicles: Often a result of plugged skin oil glands or hair follicles which can lead to pimples and small skin cysts. Recommend seeing dermatologist to recommend antibacterial soap and surface care to reduce the oil secretions and keep the area low in bacteria. Do not squeeze, pick or try to remove them by yourself. This may lead to scarring and worsening infections. ...Read more

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What is the cause of the giant pimples on my back?

What is the cause of the giant pimples on my back?

Pimples: Large pimples on the back can be acne or it can be a possible infection in the hair follicles--folliculitis. It would be best to see your doctor to find out which one and get a treatment that will work. ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of pimples in our back?

Pimple Info: Pimples occur when glands in our skin get blocked and what they secrete collects and causes pressure. The immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Gentle cleansing and avoid picking/squeezing lets nature take its course. ...Read more

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Could fibromyalgia cause pain in the body flesh.I can't touch my back flesh from neck till the end.Pain is like pressing on pimple.I can't sleep on ba?

Could fibromyalgia cause pain in the body flesh.I can't touch my back flesh from neck till the end.Pain is like pressing on pimple.I can't sleep on ba?

Could be: Fibromyalgia is not well understood. There is a test for 18 tender points that can present a diagnostician with a more definitive diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I would start with your doctor and see if other tests may have to be run. ...Read more

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What is the cause of chest and back pimples?

What is the cause of chest and back pimples?

Oil glands: Typically these are oil (sebaceous ) glands that are associated with the hair follicles. The reasons for becoming inflammed are multiple and may relate to diet, stress, hormones, etc. Treatment consists of skin hygiene with possible retinoids ( topical or oral). ...Read more

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Never had acne before, rarely even pimples. Back is now covered. What could've caused this outbreak?

Never had acne before, rarely even pimples. Back is now covered. What could've caused this outbreak?

Back acne: Common causes oil plugging pore from sebaceous gland abnormal sluffing off of the epidermal layers of skin hormones esp testosterone, steroids, stress infection. ...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