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Written by Scott McDougall
Have you noticed acne on your back and are wondering how to get rid of body acne?
The best way to get rid of back acne for good is to combine skin creams or gels (topical medications) such as Differin, recommended by your doctor, with changes in your daily habits. Using topical treatments can help reduce redness and swelling while also preventing future breakouts. For more serious cases of acne, your doctor may prescribe oral or stronger medications like doxycycline as part of a treatment plan.
It's also important to keep your skin clean, wear loose clothing that won't rub or irritate your back, and pay attention to your diet. Certain foods can make acne worse. Staying consistent with a good skin care routine and lifestyle habits is the best way to manage back acne long-term and even get rid of it completely.
With the right mix of doctor-recommended products and some changes to your self-care, getting back acne under control and keeping it away for good is very possible.
Here is what you can do to get rid of acne on your back.
There are many products available at pharmacies and drugstores that can be helpful for treating back acne, especially milder cases. Look for acne cleansers, lotions, and spot treatments that list salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide among the ingredients.
Using exfoliating body brushes when you shower can gently slough off dead skin cells to prevent pores from clogging. And if you're looking for an even more gentle option, try dry brushing. It’s also wise to always follow up cleansing with a lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturiser (that won't clog your pores) designed for acne-prone skin. This helps the skin maintain hydration and won’t block pores.
Specific products to look for:
If you see no improvement with over-the-counter options after 2-3 months, it’s a good idea to see your doctor or a skin specialist. Prescription topical and oral medications are more aggressive for treating more stubborn inflammatory back acne like painful cysts and nodules. Acne light therapy, chemical peels and steroid injections can also help.
Prescription topical options may include options like:
For more severe cases, like cystic acne, doctors might prescribe oral antibiotics (like minocycline or doxycycline) or medications that help balance hormone levels, including certain types of birth control pills. Procedures like light therapy or steroid injections can reduce cystic lesions and scarring.
It’s still very important to protect your back from sun exposure using non-irritating mineral options labelled for faces and bodies prone to acne:
Protecting your back from UV damage allows prescribed acne medications to work better while preventing future sunspots and skin cancer risk.
Eating healthy foods gives your skin the nutrients it needs to stay clear.
While no food alone causes acne, an unhealthy diet high in sugar and unhealthy fats likely makes skin problems worse. Focus on the healthy foods we know to support clear skin - fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains and anti-inflammatory fats like olive oil or avocados. Stay hydrated with water instead of sugary drinks.
Working out is great for your health, but sweat and bacteria on your skin afterwards can certainly cause back acne if you’re prone to breakouts. Here are some tips:
By taking a few minutes to cleanse your skin, change clothes, and toss gear in the wash after sweating, you’ll reduce the risk of new breakouts. Making these easy habits part of your normal routine after workouts really helps control body acne!
Be gentle when using exfoliating brushes or scrubs. Scrubbing too hard can irritate acne-prone skin, potentially causing small tears that make it easier for bacteria to enter and worsen acne. Instead, cleanse skin gently with a soft washcloth, then use medicated leave-on creams with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or retinoids to unclog pores and kill bacteria.
Cystic acne must be treated carefully by a doctor. They may inject large blemishes with cortisone to reduce swelling. Home treatment could cause the cyst to rupture under the skin.
It can be frustrating to wait for results, and the temptation to touch or scrub at breakouts is real. We understand this can be a difficult part of the process. Patience is key, and gentle care will bring better results in the long run. This prevents lasting scars so you achieve smooth, clear skin faster.
Finding the right acne treatment amidst so many options can be overwhelming, but don't lose hope. It's about finding what works best for you, and sometimes that takes a bit of trial and error. We're here to guide you through that process. Consider these tips:
The key is using products with proven pore-clearing ingredients consistently over time. But don’t wait too long before asking a pharmacist or doctor for help choosing prescription alternatives if needed.
Sweat and tight clothes rubbing on your skin can lead to breakouts on your back. The pores and oil glands on your back are very large. When sweat, bacteria, and dead skin cells fill up these big pores, pimples start to form.
Hormones play a role, too. Acne can flare up during puberty, menstrual periods, pregnancy, and stress. Some people also just have skin that's prone to acne because of their genes.
There are a lot of myths about back acne. Working out, using certain hair or skin products, and eating foods like chocolate or fried foods don't cause acne on their own. But they can make existing acne worse in people who already have it.
Getting rid of back acne starts with seeing a pharmacist or doctor to explore treatment options that fit your needs. The Independent Pharmacy makes it easy to get personalised help online.
First, fill out our online form to answer questions about your back acne. This helps their experts know important details like:
Next, our team reviews your information and contacts you with a list of treatments tailored to your specific back acne condition.
The Independent Pharmacy takes the time to understand your unique situation and body chemistry. Then, we match you with solutions designed to effectively clear up your back while preventing new breakouts.
Visit their website today to get started by filling out the form, or get in touch with our team if you have any more questions. Managing your back acne is easier when you have caring experts guiding each step.
For many people, body acne improves greatly with consistent treatment. Using the right over-the-counter or prescription products combined with lifestyle changes can help it go away completely over time. See your pharmacist or doctor if body acne persists despite home treatment.
Hormone fluctuations during puberty, monthly periods, pregnancy, or stress can trigger back acne. Hormones increase oil production, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts. Prescription medicines that affect hormone levels may help.
No specific food has been proven to cause breakouts directly. However, an unhealthy diet high in processed carbs, sugar, unhealthy fats and low in vegetables likely aggravates body acne. Stay hydrated and focus on anti-inflammatory whole foods.
Stress acne often forms around the chin, jawline, and lower cheeks on the face. But stress may also worsen body acne, like chest and back breakouts, by increasing oil production and inflammation. Reducing stress helps.
Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.
Dan is an experienced pharmacist having spent time working in both primary and secondary care. He currently supports our clinical team by providing robust clinical governance review of our internal processes and information.