I HATE the back acne (backne) breakout i've had for too long. What really works best to get rid of back acne? Is the back acne treatment the same as for facial acne?
What's the Best Back Acne Treatment?
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Acne on the Back
Acne on the back can be difficult to treat with just topicals although most topical antibiotics and comedolytics (retinoids) do work for mild back acne. However, it is very difficult to consistently apply the medicine to the back and be weary as some topicals that contain benzoyl peroxide can bleach clothing and sheets.
Regarding backne, I would recommend seeing a dermatologist since over the counter medicine will typically not do the trick either. Prescriptions consisting of orals and topical antibiotics are often the most appropriate.
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Treating acne on the back
Acne on the back is difficult to treat because of the problem of physically reaching the affected area. It's impossible to reach all of the affected areas to apply a cream or lotion. That is why I always choose cleansers first in treating back acne.
I like cleansers with glycolic or salicylic acid. These help unclog the pores by exfoliating the top layers of skin, releasing the oil and debris that is trapped in the pores and also decreasing the likelihood that new clogged pores will form. When these treatments aren't enough, it may be best to try an oral antibiotic.
It is also important to remember to shower soon after exercise. If you are sitting around in sweaty clothes after your workout, the pores are more likely to get clogged and trigger a breakout.
Acne on the back is still acne.
And from your language, it looks like you might be headed for an unrealistic expectation as in "get rid" of acne.
It's probably wiser to think in terms of making the acne condition "better."
I'm not going to name products because every patient is different and the way they are treated should be tailored to them.
The one suggestion I will make is that if you are a student or work sitting for hours during the day, you seek out some kind of cushioning that lessens the pressure from the back of your chair. Acne can flair in those areas -- athletes see it under chin straps and shoulder pads.
See your doctor for the appropriate treatment.
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Back Acne treatments
... depends on how bad acne is- lotions or tablets, read more-
I will simplify treatments by suggesting 1. Topical 2. Oral 3. Topical and oral medication.
OK, if you have mid acne you can try Benzoyl Peroxide 5% - trick is to leave on for 90 seconds before washing off. Another compounded solution is 5%-8% Sal acid in ethanol.
Looking at option 3 you can combine these lotions with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
Last resort (or first choice if you acne is scarring) is Accutane (ISOTRETINOIN). For Bacne, you will require a longer treatment period, possibly up to 14-18 months.
I hope this helps you....
Dr Davin S. Lim
Cosmetic and Laser Dermatologist
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Back acne and Facial acne Treatments
Back acne and facial acne treatments are generally similar, however, the “spreadibility” of treatments for your back may make some usual, facial options unavailable (try getting that tiny tube across your entire back). So we like foams and large pads that can easily reach this larger, difficult to reach area. Also, back acne makes me start thinking about systemic options, like oral antibiotics and isotretinoin, not just topical fixes.
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