Successful back acne treatment can be more difficult to achieve than facial acne for many reasons. For one thing, back acne is characterized by deeper, larger and more highly inflamed pimples, nodules and cysts even, that are often absent from most cases of facial acne. As such, significant pain and scarring can be experienced with back acne.
For another thing, back acne is exposed to more friction and, hence, more irritation and more inflammation than facial acne for obvious reasons. Clothes rub on the acne while it can be difficult washing the back area without using rubbing motions.
The good news is that there are effective ways to treat back acne. Your doctor should be able to provide the right over-the-counter and prescription products for back acne treatment depending on the severity of your case.
Mild Back Acne
If you are lucky, your back acne may be on the mild side with only occasional breakouts to plague your life. In this case, an over-the-counter body wash with either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is sufficient to treat back acne. But you may have to let others wash your back with gentle circular motions since rubbing the skin with a towel or a brush will only irritate the skin.
We recommend products like Murad Acne Body Wash, Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash and OXY Body Wash. If these body wash products do not work after a few weeks, 2 weeks at most, you must see your doctor immediately. Mild back acne can worsen so suddenly that even lying on your back for a few minutes is akin to lying down on a bed of nails.
Moderate to Severe Back Acne
Back acne treatment for moderate to severe cases will involve stronger formulations of benzoyl peroxide and other topical applications. Your doctor will usually prescribe the higher percentages since the back has thicker skin than facial skin, which means that the former can tolerate the ingredients.
You will be directed to apply the benzoyl peroxide gel or cream 1-2 times a day. You must make sure that your skin is clean and dry before applying the topical ointment. Plus, wait until the gel is dry before putting on your clothes as it can stain when wet.
You may also be prescribed topical antibiotics for moderate acne. Again, your skin must be clean and dry before application as embedded bacteria, dead skin cells and excess oil blending with the antibacterial substance can worsen the acne problem.
If topical antibiotics do not work, your back acne treatment regimen may progress to oral antibiotics. These antibacterial medications include tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline and erythromycin, all of which must be prescribed by the doctor for safe administration.
More than the treatment, you must also adopt preventive measures against the recurrence of back acne. We recommend showering after workouts, wearing loose, breathable and cotton clothing, and avoiding the temptation to pop the pimples.
Admittedly, you have to be patient with your back acne treatment as it can take weeks before the first significant progress is seen. But if you stick to your daily skin care routine, take your medicines and apply your ointments, you should be able to conquer the acne that prevents you from wearing backless dresses.