Back Acne

image Back acne also called Body acne is the acne you can get anywhere on your body. Usually on your chest, back, back of upper arms, shoulder and buttocks. I started getting the upper arm acne when I was pregnant and figured it was a side effect of pregnancy and would leave once I had the baby. I was wrong! A few months after baby, I was still suffering from it. So, rather than go to the doctor, I figured maybe there was something I could do myself to alleviate this.

First, I wanted to find out what causes it. All I found was that the exact cause is unknown. But, I have since heard multiple causes; hormones, weight gain, stress, diet. Since a certain cause couldn’t be narrowed down, I immediately wanted a cure. I found lots of information on how to get rid of it, but I’ll tell you what worked for me.

I started drinking more water, which made it worse at first than it started to get a little better. But what worked better than anything was that I started using a scrunchy sponge in the shower on the area and it started clearing up. I read somewhere that this would work because the clogged hair follicles may be causing the acne. Well, in my case, this must be true because it is helping. I also started to use Benzoyle Peroxide to stop any more acne from popping up. So far it has been getting a lot better, I still have a little acne but nothing like it was before. Now I am simply waiting to be completely free from it…

Anyone else have any tips or things that may work?

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5 thoughts on “Back Acne

  1. On-prescription acne skin care products are the ones that are prescribed by a dermatologist. This can include ointments that can be applied on the affected area or oral antibiotics or just any topical treatment. Dermatologist could also suggest a minor surgical procedure to remove the contents of pustules. However, never try to squeeze or do this by yourself, it can lead to permanent damage of your skin. Your doctor could also prescribe a hormone-based treatment (since hormonal changes are also known to cause acne). Such acne skin care products are known to be very effective in some cases. So, with all those acne skin care products, tackling acne is not that difficult.

  2. Great tips, thanks! By the way, I don’t recommend anyone using ProActiv for treating acne… I just tried it last month, and it really irritated and dried out my skin. 😦

  3. i came across this article… what do you think about it…

    Moms have been saying for ages that eating too much pizza, French fries, and chocolate is what causes acne. Until recently, we didn’t have any research to support or refute Mom’s theory. Now there are studies linking high glycemic diets (that is, diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates) with acne; so it looks like Mom might have been right.

    But the strongest relationship between diet and acne is actually with milk.

    There are current studies showing that there is an association between drinking milk and having acne. In the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers found that drinking skim milk was associated with increased severity of acne in teenage boys.

    Blockage of pores caused by hormone induced changes in your skin is a known cause of acne. Milk might contribute to acne, therefore, because milk contains hormones (androgens) that can act on your skin just like your natural hormones.

    Does that mean you should stop drinking milk?

    No. These findings, although interesting, do not prove that milk causes acne — many people who don’t drink any milk still get acne. But if you have acne and have difficulty controlling it with washes or other acne therapies, then you might consider cutting back on milk to see if that helps.

    Remember, though, that milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium which are critical for bone development in your early teenage years.

    William Morgan Hsu

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