How to fix & prevent body acne?

I started working recently where I'm very active. Because of this I have gotten breakouts all over my body. I don't believe it's cystic acne - the pimples aren't large and do not hurt but there are many and it's quite noticeable. Are the any products or treatments to fix this? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 5

Melapeels for back acne and acne scars

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Rather than load you with a bunch of treatments, I would suggest Melapads daily to the back in order to exfoliate the skin. I would then suggest Melapeels once monthly because chemical peels work well to reduce acne and reduce acne scars. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

How to fix & prevent body acne?

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Thanks for your query. Always take a bath after workout as this prevents further acne. If the acne is a lot then you can take a short course of antibiotics along with topical salyzap spray twice a day, if the acne is not too much then you can just go for the topical medications. Hope it helps.

All The Best

Ajaya Kashyap, MD
India Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Good advice

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I concur with the doctors who have suggested salicylic acid bodysprays and gylolic acid washes.  Accutane is a last measure for more severe cystic type acne.  I have found BBL treatments (broad based light) to be an effective method of acne suppression with no real risk or downside if done correctly

Guy Cappuccino, MD
Mount Airy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Fix & Prevent Body Acne -- -Isotretionin, Glycolic Wash, Salicylic Acid Body Sprays, Aerolase Laser, Chemical Peels

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Body acne can be treated with isotretionin to get rid of it completely.  Glycolic washes and salicylic acid body sprays can also help.  Peels and lasers help substantially. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Body Acne

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If your acne has appeared with an increase of physical activity, your breakouts may be sweat-induced. Sweat can mix with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, causing the pores to clog. The sooner you can rinse or shower after sweating, the better. Water will help remove bacteria and dry clothes will help the skin breathe. Topical medicines and sprays may help keep your acne under control. It is best to consult a qualified doctor to diagnose the problem and recommend a treatment plan. 

Yael Halaas, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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