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I have really bad acne on my back and shoulders, how can I get it to clear up?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glenn Skow
Dr. Glenn Skow
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Dr. Jane Chung
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Light Chemical Peel
You can have jessner's peel or some mild acid peel on your back and shoulder along with oral antibiotics and retinol or tretinoin.
You will see your skin peeling 4-6 days after and it is helping to have less break out on your back.

In brief: Light Chemical Peel
You can have jessner's peel or some mild acid peel on your back and shoulder along with oral antibiotics and retinol or tretinoin.
You will see your skin peeling 4-6 days after and it is helping to have less break out on your back.
Dr. Jane Chung
Dr. Jane Chung
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
In addition though, for really bad acne, some prescriptions may be needed in addition to lifestyle changes and topical approaches. Especially if it cystic acne, severe scarring can occur. The earlier it is treated in a coordinated fashion the better.
Dr. Eyal Levit
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Laser or Accutane
You can settle for over the counter topical creams that dry your skin and give temporary relief.
But then you also need to buy a whole lot of cream to cover your shoulders and back. A better solution would be a series of laser procedures to clear the acne away. The most effective and permanent treatment, however, is Accutane (retinoid). Given in gradual doses it works wonders, on the back/ face.

In brief: Laser or Accutane
You can settle for over the counter topical creams that dry your skin and give temporary relief.
But then you also need to buy a whole lot of cream to cover your shoulders and back. A better solution would be a series of laser procedures to clear the acne away. The most effective and permanent treatment, however, is Accutane (retinoid). Given in gradual doses it works wonders, on the back/ face.
Dr. Eyal Levit
Dr. Eyal Levit
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: See a dermatologist
There are a variety of forms and therefor numerous treatments.
Not everyone responds the same and treatment may need to be adjusted. See a dermatologist.

In brief: See a dermatologist
There are a variety of forms and therefor numerous treatments.
Not everyone responds the same and treatment may need to be adjusted. See a dermatologist.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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