What is the Best Treatment for Back Acne?

Back acne and facial acne are very similar, however, the pores on the back are larger than those on the face and can become clogged more easily. 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, whilst 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, whilst 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 of dry or peeling skin and tingling or warmth in the skin. The main drawbacks of topical application as a treatment 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, an oral treatment can be considered the best back acne treatment.

Isotretinoin is an oral drug used for severe cases of acne. It is taken over 15-20 weeks 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 be used during pregnancy and if there may be other health complications. Any use of isotretinoin must be carefully monitored by your doctor.

If the widespread side effects of Isotretonin could be harmful to you, there are other very effective treatment options available. Benzoyl peroxide can be used with a topical antibiotic, sulphur mediation or retinoic acid. These additions can help to reduce the levels of bacteria 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 affected by the type and severity of your acne, as well as several factors from the balance of your own body. If over the counter treatments are not working, you should seek medical advice to understand which treatment would be best for you.

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