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What are the causes of back acne?
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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology
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In brief: Same as face acne
When person develops back acne, he/she most likely also has chest/abdomen acne.
So this is truncal acne (most people only have facial acne). Its cause is the same as the one causing facial acne: male hormone, stress, hereditary factor, etc. However, hot & humidity (environment) and profuse sweating may aggravate truncal acne. Many young american soldiers in vietnam developed truncal acne.

In brief: Same as face acne
When person develops back acne, he/she most likely also has chest/abdomen acne.
So this is truncal acne (most people only have facial acne). Its cause is the same as the one causing facial acne: male hormone, stress, hereditary factor, etc. However, hot & humidity (environment) and profuse sweating may aggravate truncal acne. Many young american soldiers in vietnam developed truncal acne.
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Back Acne
Same principles apply to back as the face.
There are a lot of sebaceous (acne forming) glands on the upper back as well. Regular cleaning with exfoliants on the back, using acne gels and creams and acne safe moisturizers help. I like pca gentle exfoliant to wash the back, then apply acne gel and the clearskin moisturizer and make sure to change your shirts frequently.

In brief: Back Acne
Same principles apply to back as the face.
There are a lot of sebaceous (acne forming) glands on the upper back as well. Regular cleaning with exfoliants on the back, using acne gels and creams and acne safe moisturizers help. I like pca gentle exfoliant to wash the back, then apply acne gel and the clearskin moisturizer and make sure to change your shirts frequently.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
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