Acne on the back is more common than you might think. The back has larger pores than the face, which make it easier for them to be clogged. This difference also explains why pimples and bumps on the back are often larger than those on the face. They can be more painful, more widespread, and harder to deal with, making back acne a uniquely uncomfortable condition to treat.
Some conditions and health factors can predispose a person to developing back acne. Anything from a person’s genetics to certain medications, stress, and excess sweat can block hair follicles, which lead to swelling. If you experience any of these, make a note of it and tell your dermatologist. This type of information can help expedite diagnosis and treatment.
Back acne can have a variety of causes. Most cases are moderate, meaning the breakouts are usually superficial and not very uncomfortable, typically manifesting as whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. However, some cases are deep, painful, and difficult to reach. If this is closer to your experience, you will need a dermatologist’s help to treat the condition.
The trick to finding a good treatment is to isolate the cause. Nearly every type of acne can occur on the back, but some are more common than others.
There are a few steps a person can take to prevent back acne, but most have to do with lifestyle. For example, showering directly after a workout can clear potentially harmful sweat and dirt from the skin before it has a chance to enter the pores. Additionally, exfoliating with salicylic acid treatments can remove extra dirt and oil from the skin, and loose-fitting clothing can prevent these substances from getting trapped in pores.
You can also find information about face acne and shoulder acne. Remember that dermatologists and skin clinicians are uniquely equipped to treat acne, regardless of its location on the body. If you decide to use an over-the-counter product and don’t see any difference in the acne in six to eight weeks, schedule an appointment with us. Whether you’re experiencing a first-time flare up or are genetically predisposed, one of our Chesterfield clinicians can help you get to the bottom of it.
In most cases, people don’t notice their back acne until it becomes inflamed and uncomfortable. Scheduling skin checks with one of our dermatologists can provide the opportunity to regularly monitor this part of the body. If you know you are experiencing back acne because of pain and discomfort, us is a great way to get to diagnose and treat the issue. Schedule a consultation to get the best treatment plan for you.
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*Results may vary per patient.