What is the best treatment for back acne?

Choose the right back acne treatment

Back acne and facial acne are very similar; however, the pores on the back are bigger than those on the face and can easily become more clogged. The best treatment for back acne is targeted to these larger pores; however, like other acne treatments, it should inhibit bacterial growth and sebum production, while increasing the shedding of skin cells to reopen pores.

There are primarily two reliable options for back acne treatment: topical and oral. The best topical treatment for back acne is a lotion with a combination of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and 10% glycolic acid. Benzoyl peroxide unclogs pores and prevents the growth of bacteria, while the glycolic acid helps to repair damaged skin and restore the balanced PH levels of the skin. The strength of the benzoyl peroxide can cause side effects such as dry or peeling skin and tingling or warmth under the surface of the skin. The main drawbacks of topical application as a treatment form for back acne are that it is difficult to reach the back and to apply lotions evenly and it can cause bleaching of clothing. With this in mind, oral treatment is considered the best back acne treatment.

Isotretinoin is an oral drug used for severe cases of acne. It is taken over a 15-20 week course and has long term positive effects for most people. However, there are many potentially harmful side effects – some more serious than others – meaning that this treatment cannot is not permitted for use during pregnancy and if there are other health complications present. Your doctor must carefully monitor any use of isotretinoin.

If the widespread side effects of Isotretonin pose you harm, there are other very effective treatment options available. Benzoyl peroxide can be used alongside a topical antibiotic, sulphur mediation or retinoic acid. These treatment additions can help reduce the bacterial levels and encourage the unclogging of pores.

There is no single best treatment for back acne that applies to everyone. The most effective treatment will be based on the type and severity of your acne - several other factors are the balance of your own body. If over the counter treatments are not working, you should seek medical advice to get a better understanding of which treatment would be best for you.

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