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Breakouts on back and chest: How to Get Rid of Body Acne | Banner Health

How to Get Rid of Body Acne | Banner Health

It’s safe to say, no one likes acne, but it’s kind of a rite of passage. As we go through our teenage and young adult years (and even late into adulthood), a zit (or three or four) is to be expected dotting their way across our faces. But for some people, they also have to deal with acne breakouts below their chin—on their back and chest.

“While we tend to focus on the face, acne can present challenges on your back and chest as well,” said Trevor Thompson, MD, a dermatologist with Banner Health Center in Peoria, AZ. “More often, we encounter truncal, or body acne, in our younger years and it is slightly more common in males than females.”

While it can be extremely bothersome and embarrassing, the good news is that much like face acne, there are ways to get your body acne under control. We spoke with Dr. Thompson to better understand the causes for body acne and ways to combat it.

What causes acne on your chest and back?

Body acne develops the same way as face acne, but there are some factors that lead to the development of acne on your chest and back.

“Genetics, hormones and diet are likely some of the bigger triggers for acne,” Dr. Thompson said. “Other contributors to truncal acne can include use of androgens, such as testosterone or dihydrotestosterone (DHT), among male or transgender patients or androgenic anabolic steroids in body builders.”

Is it acne or could it be something else?

There are various other conditions that can cause red bumps on your chest and back, but one common one that is often confused by many is a skin condition called folliculitis. Although it may look and feel the same as acne, folliculitis is not the same.

“Folliculitis usually has inflammation around hair follicles, but it can have a more infectious cause with a pus-filled pimple instead of the blocked sebum of acne,” Dr. Thompson said. “Folliculitis can occur around any site with hair follicles, and acne is more common on the face, back and chest.”

If you’re unsure whether your red bumps are body acne or folliculitis, it can be helpful to see a dermatologist to make sure. They can give you tips to help clear it.

How do you treat back and chest acne?

If you’re experiencing severe body acne with deep, painful cysts, it’s best to partner with a dermatologist so you can develop a unique plan for ongoing care. That being said, for mild to moderate body acne, some of the basic treatments used to treat acne on the face can be used for the back and chest. Here’s how to get rid of body acne for good:

1. Use an acne cleanser

While any gentle soap or body wash can help remove dirt and excess oils, there are specific products geared toward fighting body breakouts. Dr. Thompson suggests starting with skin care products that include benzoyl peroxide.

“Normally, I favor milder (<5%) benzoyl peroxide washes as stronger (10%) washes can cause more dryness and skin irritation for the face. Fortunately, the trunk tends to be less sensitive with treatment,” Dr. Thompson said.

2. Try a topical retinoid

Whether a prescription agent or over-the-counter adapalene gel, this is another great option for treating body acne. Products like Differin (adapalene 0.1%) gel and Retin-A play a crucial role in the treatment of acne by regulating skin cell turnover and reducing inflammation deep in the skin to not only clear but prevent future pimples.

3. Remember sun protection

People may report different experiences regarding the impact of sun on their acne. While sun exposure can increase vitamin D and be associated with exercise and fun, moderation is key. While certain light spectrums including blue light may help acne, too much ultraviolet sun exposure can increase skin aging and further darken acne spots. To combat the damage with ultraviolet light, it is important to understand the benefits of hats, shade, awareness of the time of day and duration of sun exposure. For sunscreens, try to use a non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), oil-free, mineral sunscreen.

4. Develop good workout habits

It’s great to put in the time for workouts, but don’t hang out too long in your sweaty clothes. Make sure you shower and change clothes right after working out—or doing anything that gets you sweaty.

5. Resist the urge to pop, pick or scrub acne

A zit may be harder to reach on your back but resist the urge to pick and pop your body acne. As well, avoid course or rough body scrubs that are traumatic to the skin. These will only make it worse.

6. Modify your diet

When it comes to acne, your diet could also be to blame. Findings from some studies found that following a low-glycemic diet may help reduce acne. Instead of reaching for a burger, fries and Coca-Cola, focus on eating a diet rich in fresh produce and whole foods. Steer clear of dairy products and sugary high carbohydrate foods that raise your blood sugar quickly. For more tips, check out this article from the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

7. Other prescription treatments

For more challenging cases, your doctor may prescribe topical and oral antibiotics. Isotretinoin is another prescription agent that can be used. These medications work by killing excess skin bacteria and reduce redness and inflammation.


If your body acne treatments aren’t doing the trick and you find yourself wearing a turtleneck in June, don’t sweat it—literally. Let your dermatologist know. It can take several tries to zap those zits, but with the right treatment, every type of acne can be treated. To find a Banner Health physician near you, visit bannerhealth.com.

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Here’s Why Back and Chest Acne is So Common & How to Treat It

As if dealing with facial acne isn’t bad enough, other areas of your body can also be prone to acne breakouts. Body acne is when the skin on the upper-half of your body develops pimples.

What is acne on the back and chest?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that nearly everyone deals with at some point in their life. For most people, pimples and acne breakouts develop on the face, chest, and back, where your glands can easily become blocked.

Acne breakouts are the result of your skin pores becoming clogged by dead skin cells and oil. When your pores become clogged, bacteria begins to form and inflamed pimples will show on your skin. Chest and back acne commonly appears as blackheads, whiteheads, and papules.

What causes back and chest acne and who does it affect?

We’re going to dive into some of the causes and solutions. But, before you change up your routine too much, we always recommend consulting with a professional. Your best bet to getting clearer skin is scheduling an appointment with our dermatologist, Dr. Jaclyn Wetli.

In the meantime, you might be wondering why you have pimples on your chest, shoulders, and back. If you notice sudden or random breakouts, this could be a result of a recent change made in your diet or skincare products or perhaps related to taking to a new medication. If you continuously have acne in these areas, this could be a result of an ongoing issue like hormonal fluctuations or dehydration.

Although acne on your chest and back can form as a result of many things, here are some of the most common sources:

  • Hormones: Hormonal fluctuations often happen in our teenage years, but adult women also experience changes in their hormones during and around the time of their period. These hormonal fluctuations can cause inflammation and acne breakouts on your chest.

  • Diet: Studies have shown that dietary factors may contribute to the development of acne. Patients who drink skim milk and/or have whey protein supplements may find this to be an exacerbating factor for acne. Additionally, high glycemic-load foods (high fat or high sugar foods) can cause acne flares. If you think your diet is causing problems with acne, try cutting back on skim milk, protein shakes, soft drinks, juices, and desserts.

  • Supplements/ medications: An excessive amount of vitamin B12, B2, and B6 can also cause acne flares. Certain medications may also contribute to acne flares especially on the chest and back. It is best to discuss with Dr. Wetli if you think that this may be contributing to your acne.

  • Exercise: Although exercise is a great way to stay healthy, excessive sweating in tight or restrictive clothing can cause acne breakouts on your chest or back. When working out, wear loose-fitting tops that won’t cause friction from rubbing on your skin. Showering shortly after a workout will also help wash off any sweat and prevent it from building up and clogging your pores.

  • Laundry detergent, makeup and perfumes: Some laundry detergents and perfumes have dyes and other harsh chemicals that can be harmful and irritate your skin. Makeup can also cause irritations to skin and clog pores. Avoid applying makeup and perfume to your chest area, avoid using dryer sheets, fabric softener, and try using dye and perfume-free detergents.

  • Oily moisturizers: Certain skin care products can trap moisture and cause your skin to break out in pimples. People with dry skin often use oil-based lotion, but these types of moisturizers block pores and trap dirt and bacteria. If you experience dry skin, you should talk to a dermatologist to get recommendations on moisturizers that are safe to use.

What is the best way to treat back and chest acne?

Identifying and understanding the causes of your chest and back acne is the first step toward treating it and preventing future breakouts. Meet with our dermatologist, Dr. Wetli. She will evaluate your skin and come up with a personalized treatment plan for your unique needs. Some steps you can take prior to meeting with Dr. Wetli include:

Bathe regularly using gentle cleansers to keep the area clean and prevent breakouts. Apply antibacterial body soap to the area around the breakout to clean it after sweating or getting dirty.
Change your thick, oil-based moisturizer for non-comedogenic lotions to keep your skin hydrated without clogging your pores. Avoid touching, picking, or popping the pimples on your chest and back. Your hands often have oil and dirt that can spread and lead to bacteria on other parts of your skin. Picking and popping your pimples will irritate the skin and make your breakout worse – and since the skin on your chest is extremely thin, it can scar easily.

If your chest acne won’t go away after trying on your own, remember that treatment plans are not a one-size fits all. This is why over the counter products don’t always work, and why it’s best to seek the professional opinion of a dermatologist.

Schedule an appointment for acne treatment

Our dermatologist, Dr. Wetli, is a specialist in acne, acne treatments, and acne scar treatments. When you’re ready to learn more about your treatment options or create an acne skincare routine, use our simple online scheduling form to set up an appointment! We look forward to helping you improve the health of your skin so you can look and feel your best.

Focus Area: back and décolleté acne

Cleavage dresses and backless tops can be a big problem when unattractive breakouts often appear on the chest and back. We asked Natalya Grigorieva, a specialist in anti-age medicine, general director of the Premium Aesthetics clinic, to tell us what is the cause of such aesthetic problems and how to get rid of them.

Let’s start with the most important thing: the causes of pimples (acne) on the face and body are the same. How to explain that with clean skin of the face, rashes are localized precisely on the body?

Most likely, there are some predisposing factors for this: for example, clothes that increase perspiration and sebum secretion, as well as improper care (or its complete absence) of the skin in the décolleté and back areas.

There is an opinion that the localization of inflammation in certain areas of the body indicates the internal problems of the body. This statement came to us from oriental medicine, where skin diagnostics are extremely popular. For this, the so-called map of the human body is used, in the areas of which it is indicated what the skin changes (including the appearance of acne) are associated with in certain areas.

But even the Chinese doctors themselves say that it is impossible to make a 100% diagnosis based on such maps. Hypothetically, it is possible to assume the presence of trouble in a certain area, but nothing more. From a professional and scientifically backed point of view, acne is a chronic disease that worsens depending on external and internal factors. So, let’s try to understand the main and most common causes of inflammation ─ both on the face and on the body.

Any disease. If you have an acne problem, do not rule out the presence of a serious internal factor. Conditionally physiological norm is the appearance of acne in adolescence from 12 to 19 years. If acne continues to bother even after 25 years, then there is a clear hormonal imbalance (do not forget that acne is a hormone-dependent disease). The cause of chronic inflammation can also be problems of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as changes in the intestinal microflora (dysbiosis).

“Special” microbe R. Acnes. It provokes the most common type of acne ─ Acne Vulgaris. On the skin of some people, the microorganism takes root perfectly, but not on the skin of others. This is due to the composition of sebum (by the way, it changes precisely because of hormonal disorders – in particular, an increase in the level of the hormone testosterone). It is it that serves as an excellent environment for the nutrition and reproduction of the causative agent of the disease.

Active sebum production. Sometimes acne is explained by a genetic predisposition: the activity of the sebaceous glands depends on heredity, and if parents encountered this disease in their youth, then upon reaching puberty, it can also manifest itself in children.

Influence of external factors. This type of acne is called contact or cosmetic. It can be provoked by improper care, dietary habits and even climate change.

Simple tricks

Changing your diet

Overeating fatty or sweet? Do not be surprised that inflammation may appear on the body. This often happens in cases where a woman usually limits herself to such food, but at one moment she arranges a “belly feast”. In this case, the body cannot independently remove the breakdown products of fats through the gastrointestinal tract.

The skin, as an excretory organ, takes on some of these functions. As a result, the secretion of the sebaceous glands increases, and inflammation begins in their ducts. The same thing happens in the case of the abuse of simple carbohydrates against the background of a violation of the microbiota of the small intestine.

What to do: adjust the balance of fats in your diet. Reduce simple sugars to a minimum – you can afford about 150 g of simple sugars per day (this norm includes, among other things, fruits). Refined sugar and products with its content from the diet should be completely excluded. If the appearance of acne is associated with nutrition, the recovery will be accelerated by taking enterosorbents twice a day – in the morning and in the evening.

Improper care

Acne is often experienced by women who have a reduced rate of cell division. In this case, horny scales exfoliate worse from the surface of the skin and clog the ducts of the sebaceous glands, thereby provoking inflammation. And if in most cases we treat the skin of the face with great reverence, then we often completely forget about the skin of the body. If the skin is prone to pimples in the decollete and on the back, to care for these areas, you need to use products that are similar in composition to facial cosmetics.

What to do:

  • First, choose your skin care products in tandem with a beautician. It is not uncommon for women to equate oily skin with acne-prone skin. But in fact, this is not true! Believe me, rashes can also appear on dry skin. And since the advertised “acne” cosmetics are usually aimed at caring for oily skin, owners of dry skin, taking it into service, will only exacerbate their problems ( read also : “Theory and practice: care for oily and dry skin with acne”).

  • Secondly, read product labels carefully. If you are prone to excessive sebum secretion, discard heavy cosmetics with comedogenic components: petroleum jelly, lanolin, silicones, some oils (cocoa butter, coconut, wheat germ). Give preference to light fluids and lotions. Avoid using titanium or zinc oxide SPFs as these compounds can also clog pores. For acne-prone skin, products with anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as those based on herbs ─ chamomile or sage, are well suited.

  • Third, clean your skin properly. For daily care, choose gel-based products. Once every two weeks, use peels with light acids or enzymes. What should not be done in any case is to use scrubs and brushes to cleanse the skin, as well as squeeze out acne. As in the case of inflammation on the face, these manipulations cause seeding of the skin, and as a result, instead of one element, a whole brood of acne appears on the skin.


Climate change

Humidity and heat can aggravate acne. This, by the way, should be taken into account by everyone who is going to warmer climes in the summer, and stock up on the necessary funds for proper care.

What to do: don’t tan too much – too much sun can reduce local skin immunity, increase sebum secretion, dry out the upper stratum corneum and, as a result, exacerbate acne. By the way, a similar mechanism is typical not only for tanning on the beach, but also in the solarium. But moderate exposure to UV will benefit the skin – it will slightly dry and disinfect it. One thing is important – do not forget to use funds with SPF.

SPF 50+ Gel Cream La Roche-Posay, Anthelios Anti-Imperfections

Why (and should you) go to the doctor

Consistency is key in dealing with breakouts. And if pimples on the chest, with full compliance with all of the above safety measures, continue to multiply, it’s time to go to a beautician (a competent specialist, by the way, should work closely with other doctors ─ an endocrinologist, gynecologist, gastroenterologist). To begin with, the doctor identifies the root cause of acne. This may require a very extensive diagnosis. For example, skin cultures are often taken to determine the strain of bacteria that inhabit the epidermis and select appropriate antibiotics for treatment. Be sure to conduct hormonal studies, for which blood tests are taken for the so-called reproductive status. An ultrasound of the thyroid and/or pelvic organs may be required. In severe forms of acne, an immunogram, and sometimes a skin biopsy, is not excluded.

How it is treated

In the treatment of acne, it is important to eliminate the disease that provokes and constantly exacerbates inflammation. To do this, the doctor may prescribe drug therapy (includes taking retinoids, hormonal drugs, antibiotics) or dispense with topical drugs (for mild rashes). In the clinic, the most popular and effective method of acne treatment is light treatment – ​​phototherapy. Depending on the severity of the problem, 5 to 10 sessions may be needed (once every 7-10 days).

The procedure can be prescribed both at the beginning of acne treatment and in its final phase. Laser procedures are useful: a fractional laser increases the local immunity of the skin, reduces the production of sebum and tightens pores. For a pronounced effect, at least three procedures are required. With its help, you can remove the scars that remain at the site of inflammation (the so-called post-acne). In the USA, I use radio wave lifting (Thermage) to solve the problem of acne. As a result of this procedure, part of the sebaceous glands is destroyed and the production of sebum decreases.


Specialist in anti-age medicine, nutritionist, CEO of the Premium Aesthetics clinic.

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Pimples on the back – causes, treatment and prevention


➦ Causes of acne on the back

➦ Types of acne on the back

➦ How to get rid of back pimples

➦ Preventive measures

➦ Nutrition is especially important!

➦ Frequently Asked Questions

It is known that acne on the face in men and women is quite an acute problem, but another common phenomenon is “bakne” or the so-called acne on the back. Various rashes cause significant discomfort, and also indicate pathologies of organs and systems. Why a rash appears on the back and how to deal with it will be described below.

Causes of acne on the back

The main factor in the occurrence of acne is the blockage of the mouths of the sebaceous glands with sebum due to its hyperproduction. Increased sebum production often occurs in adolescents, accompanying puberty or other conditions that cause hormonal imbalances in the body. Pimples can be localized on the shoulders, lower back, shoulder blades, and also between the shoulder blades. There are external and internal causes of acne on the back.

External causes

The following environmental factors can provoke an inflammatory reaction of the skin:

  • Non-compliance with natural hygiene rules Due to the large number of sebaceous glands, the back area needs special care, with insufficient hygiene, the sebaceous glands become clogged, followed by bacteria and acne.
  • Tight, heavy clothing . There is a deterioration in thermoregulation, which contributes to clogging of pores.
  • Use of products not suitable for skin type. Oily cosmetics, oily sunscreens can cause breakouts.
  • Synthetic clothing . Cotton fabric allows air to pass through and allows the skin to breathe, which cannot be said about synthetic fabric, which contributes to the accumulation of fat and microbes on the surface of the skin, followed by the formation of a rash.
  • Loose hair . Able to irritate the skin, provoking an increased secretion of subcutaneous fat.

Internal causes

Among the internal causes are:

  • Genetic predisposition . Often there are family cases of acne.
  • Hormonal imbalance. Due to the restructuring of the body, a jump in hormones occurs, which causes increased production of sebum. In women, acne sometimes occurs during pregnancy or menstruation.
  • Side effects of drugs. Taking antidepressants can cause rashes that itch.
  • Power features . Foods with a high glycemic index have been proven to trigger severe rashes.
  • Nervous tension. There is an effect on the hormonal background and the reactivity of the immune system, which can cause acne.
  • Allergy . Inflammatory mediators can affect the skin and provoke the appearance of rashes.
  • Comorbidities . Endocrine diseases (diabetes mellitus), pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract (pancreatitis, peptic ulcer), diseases of the genitourinary system, systemic connective tissue diseases.

Types of acne on the back

Inflammatory and non-inflammatory rashes can form in the region of the spine and all over the back.


Includes the following elements of the rash:

remains closed under the skin.

➦ blackheads (open comedones) – formed when a plugged follicle protrudes above the surface of the skin and opens to form a blackhead.


Represented by such varieties as:

➦ papules – red bumps that pop up due to inflammation of the hair follicle and can be painful 90 005

➦ pustules – pus-filled rash, often white or yellow with redness at the base

➦ nodules – rashes that develop deep under the skin, followed by the formation of a large hard mass; inflammatory reaction occurs due to damage to deeper areas

➦ Cysts are large pustules that are painful and can cause scarring.

How to get rid of acne on the back?

The most important rule in the fight against acne on the back is to determine the cause of the rash, so the key to success is a timely visit to a dermatologist. In the event that the back is sprinkled, individual therapy and an integrated approach will help eliminate the problem.

Medicines and procedures

Antibiotics, oral medications, creams, lotions, laser therapy, peelings, beauty injections are all methods to eliminate such a hated problem as acne on the back.

Effective Back Acne Treatments:

Tablets . They have a systemic effect on the body. The active ingredients can be hormonal drugs, antibiotics and retinoids (isotretinoin). It is important to remember that self-medication is not acceptable.

Creams and ointments . Cosmetics based on salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics are indispensable. They not only reduce the secretion of subcutaneous fat, but also effectively kill bacteria, which helps to reduce the inflammatory process.

Chemical peels . There are superficial and deep peels depending on the concentration of the acid. They improve blood circulation of the skin, relieve inflammation.

Laser procedures . With the help of laser beams, skin irregularities are removed, a bactericidal effect is provided.

Drainage procedures . Bring out all the impurities and the contents of the pimple.

Phototherapy . Eliminates small purulent rashes, as well as deep inflammation. The source of the lesion is eliminated by inhibiting the vital activity of propionobacteria acne. The pores are noticeably narrowed, the secretion of sebum is reduced, the skin becomes velvety and silky.

Cryotherapy . By exposure to liquid nitrogen, blocking of nerve impulses occurs, which in turn helps to cleanse the skin, eliminate redness and rashes on the back.

Mechanical leather cleaning. For people with oily problematic skin, it is recommended to clean once a month. It not only deeply cleanses the pores, but also provides regeneration of the upper layers of the skin.

Folk remedies

Complete elimination of rashes on the back with the help of traditional medicine is not guaranteed, but the improvement in the condition of the skin will be noticeable to the naked eye.

Tea tree oil can help treat large pimples on the back. Using a cotton swab, you need to locally smear the oil on small pimples and leave overnight. Due to its antibacterial properties, rashes will disappear instantly.

Also, against rashes and pigmentation, an ordinary lemon will become a universal remedy.

You can use the following recipe:
– mix lemon juice and water in a ratio of 1:1
– apply the solution to problem areas using a cotton pad.
– wash off after 10 minutes.
This procedure should be done twice a week.

An oatmeal bath is an effective remedy for a pimply back. Oatmeal has an anti-inflammatory effect, eliminates rashes. Pour 2 tablespoons of oatmeal into a warm bath, wait 15 minutes, after which the bath is ready for use.

Quick guide to cosmetics

Special care is recommended for owners of oily and problematic skin. Means should reduce the secretion of subcutaneous fat and have an anti-inflammatory effect.

An extensive range of products for acne on the back is presented on the Phytomarket website.

Popular cosmetics in the fight against acne include:

➤ Seracin active-cream spot application TM Libriderm / Librederm 20 ml.

Contains salicylic acid, which has antibacterial properties, due to deep penetration into the pores, exfoliates the stratum corneum of the epidermis, dries out rashes and relieves pigmentation.


– tightens pores, normalizes secretion of subcutaneous fat

– eliminates many blackheads on the back

– reduces flushing.

➤ Biotrade ACNE OUT topical lotion for oily and problematic skin 60 ml.

Pustules and boils are treated with topical lotion. This tool is suitable for owners of both mild acne and complicated forms. To achieve the maximum effect of therapy, spot application of the lotion is recommended. The advantage of the product is non-comedogenicity and the absence of harmful chemicals in the composition.


– relieves inflammation instantly.

– visibly tightens pores

– reduces the activity of Propionibacterium acnes

– prevents the appearance of rashes

– soothes irritated skin.

➤ Biotrade ACNE OUT 3 in 1 kit for oily, problematic and acne skin

If you have a lot of acne on your back, the use of only three important components of the kit can get rid of the problem in minimal lines.

Cleansing of the skin is carried out in 3 stages:

1. With the help of the gel for washing with active oxygen (50 ml), polluted and clogged pores are cleansed, while gentle care is guaranteed without overdrying the skin.

2. Active antibacterial lotion (60 ml) has a calming effect, reduces inflammation.

3. Moisturizing cream with a soothing effect Hydro Active (60 ml) maintains the hydro-lipid balance of the skin, nourishes the skin and regulates the sebaceous glands.

➤ Tar liquid soap bottle with dispenser 270 ml

The benefits of tar soap in the treatment of purulent rashes, inflammation and acne are undeniable. Therefore, many people use tar soap for psoriasis, dermatitis and wash themselves with tar soap from acne stains.

The instruction states that it is necessary to apply tar soap to wet skin, lather, rinse with water. If necessary, repeat the procedure.

➤ Soap Demolan Forte 3 in 1

A specially created product to combat demodicosis and acne. It is based on an innovative formula developed by dermatologists and pharmacists, taking into account the physiology of skin affected by Demodex mites and prone to acne. Thanks to herbal ingredients and the active substance Hexamidine diisethionate (France), the soap has proven its effectiveness, which is confirmed by both dermatologists and patients.

➤Complex set Stop Demodex / Stop Demodex ® 7in1

A unique complex series of preparations developed on the basis of the latest research and tests from the company “NVP “PhytoBioTechnologies” /Ukraine/. Cosmetics are designed to prevent the occurrence and consistent course of application, manifestations activity of subcutaneous parasitic mites (Demodex Folliculorum, Demodex Bravis), such as: demodicosis, acne, acne, acne, comedones, blepharitis, blepharoconjunctivitis, scars on the face, oily seborrhea, thickening of the skin, deterioration of complexion, enlarged pores, increased fat content , changes in the composition of sebum, dandruff.

Preventive measures

To forever forget about the problem of rashes on the back, you need to adhere to the following preventive measures:

  • Regularly clean the skin with mild cosmetic products.
  • Remove dead skin cells from the upper layers of the skin with gentle scrubs.
  • Use natural cotton textiles.
  • Avoid swimming pools and solarium during relapses.
  • In hot weather, apply spf protection before going outside.
  • Do not share personal hygiene items with other people.
  • Avoid certain medications (eg, androgenic hormones that can cause breakouts).
  • Do not use oil-based products (it is better to choose products with non-comedogenic properties.)
  • Get rid of friction in the back (pimples on the back can be caused by wearing backpacks, sports equipment)
  • Use over-the-counter products based on benzoyl, resorcinol, salicylic acid and sulfur.
  • Shower immediately after exercise or other physical activity. It is important to clean your back regularly, as heat and excessive sweating promote the growth of bacteria.
  • Do not squeeze pimples. Getting rid of acne in this way can aggravate the situation or leave pigmentation.
  • Change bedding regularly.

Nutrition is especially important!

To improve the condition of the skin, it is important to follow a diet. The diet of a person suffering from rashes on the back should be enriched with nutrients, fiber, antioxidants. This approach will not only give healthy skin, but also normalize the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system.

To get rid of acne on the back, it is recommended to introduce the following products into the diet:

Zinc . This microelement improves the condition of the skin, relieves acne on the back. Zinc-rich foods include liver, pumpkin seeds, oysters, and pine nuts.

Probiotics . They help to normalize the intestinal microflora, relieve the inflammatory process in the body, and support the normal digestive process.

Omega 3 fatty acids. Regulates the work of the sebaceous glands and has an anti-inflammatory effect. A large amount of Omega 3 is found in sea fish, broccoli, flax seeds.

Green tea. Helps cleanse the body, has an antibacterial effect.

Vegetables and herbs containing beta-carotene. Able to normalize the work of the sebaceous glands and get rid of rashes. Beta-carotene is found in carrots, celery, parsley.

Proper nutrition plays an important role in acne prevention.

Dairy products, as well as foods with a high glycemic index, have been shown to cause excess sebum production (glucose stimulates insulin production, which causes an increase in testosterone, one of the causes of acne).

Foods that cause bacne:

  • sweets, chocolate, honey in large quantities into the dairy products cause hormonal imbalance).
  • carbonated drinks, coffee
  • flour and bakery products with palm oil.


Is it possible to squeeze pimples on the back?

Pimples must not be squeezed, this can lead to infection (sepsis), as well as injury to the skin (scarring and pigmentation).

How to remove acne marks (scars) on the back

Acne spots can be eliminated by various peels, mesotherapy, laser resurfacing. These procedures relieve pigmentation, smooth the skin and improve complexion.

Remedies containing retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid will be effective against marks (scars). In addition, masks containing lemon and white clay can brighten the skin and improve microcirculation at home.

Also effective is the Kelokod / Kelokod Scar Remodeling Gel, 30ml. The use of the gel on the affected area heals and regenerates skin tissues, improves gas exchange, normalizes keratolytic processes, reduces pigmentation, nourishes the skin, makes it soft and supple.

Which hormones cause acne?

To a greater extent, acne occurs with an increased amount of male sex hormones (androgens – testosterone, dehydrotestosterone) in the body. In the postpartum period, the production of subcutaneous fat increases as a result of an imbalance of progesterone and estrogen. Thyroid hormones and cortisol (the stress hormone) also contribute to acne.

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