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.

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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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How do I get rid of acne on my back and chest and the dark spots too. Also I have stretch marks that I would like to get rid of?

Scientific Rx. No topical agent is strong enough to control acne on the trunk. Keep using topical benzoyl peroxide and get with your personal physician as well for prescription-strength rx. You may be a candidate for a low-progesterone oral contraceptive pill which may clear you. Read more...

I'm desperate and embarrassed by the acne on my back, chest, face, thighs and butt. How do I get rid of it?

Medication. Long term care for wide spread acne includes salicylic acid wash, prescription topicals, and a physician following your situation. Presently it sounds out of control and you may benefit from laser skin care as well as oral medication. Consider your acne a medical condition which it is and take it seriously. Although it is miserable to have it, acne is treatable. Read more...

How can I get rid of acne on the back and chest?

Not easy. I would schedule a time with your dermatologist. There are prescription and non-prescription options, but your dermatologist will need to make that decision. Read more...

I have acne on my back, chest, upper arms & my face. And I don't know how to get rid of them.

Meds. Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. Read more...