imjames

How To Get Rid Of Back Acne? (Pic Included)

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For the past couple of months I've noticed I've had an outbreak of back acne. I've had acne all my life. I'm mature in age now and was plagued by facial and back acne in my teens and adulthood. Multiple times I've had tablets to get rid of them, and it works. But if I stop taking them it comes back again.

I do pick, and I know I shouldn't, but they annoy me!

My skin has always been oily. Especially on my back and face. For my face I use Clinique face soap and that works wonders. My face is clear. I get the odd one under my jaw or on my neck. If I touch my face now it's very oily.

I don't understand how or why this happens but it just beginning to pee me off. I thought by the time I reach my early 30's it would go away. It hasn't.

Without medications what can I do about this? I'm currently trying a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and moisturising afterwards. I've only started this today though and I will be monitoring the outcome over the next week.

Here's a pic. To me that looks very bad:

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Thanks for any advice

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My back acne looks identical to yours. The only thing that gives me improvement in my back acne is a change in diet. Topicals don't help me much because it is an internal problem. Cutting out sugar is a must first and foremost. Once I start eating more sugary stuff I notice Acne popping up on my back within a day or so. I also did a food allergy test and have high antibodies in my body against dairy, eggs, and gluten. Have you tried cutting dairy and gluten out of your diet?

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On 12/25/2016 at 9:03 PM, Arizona89 said:

My back acne looks identical to yours. The only thing that gives me improvement in my back acne is a change in diet. Topicals don't help me much because it is an internal problem. Cutting out sugar is a must first and foremost. Once I start eating more sugary stuff I notice Acne popping up on my back within a day or so. I also did a food allergy test and have high antibodies in my body against dairy, eggs, and gluten. Have you tried cutting dairy and gluten out of your diet?


Hey, thanks for the post. I got a back scrubber and started bathing daily at night. That has improved things dramatically and a lot of the acne has gone. I still have about 50% of the acne though. During the Christmas period I started eating more junk food. Yesterday I noticed about 5 painful spots appear. I'm going to cut out sugar, continue to wash and moisturise and see if that helps. I compared an image of my back today, compared to the one above and there is noticeable improvement.

The angry red one on the right I was trying to pick just before this photo (I know I need to stop, but they annoy me because they itch)

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I'm glad you are seeing improvement. You will definitely see an improvement cutting out sugar. Dairy is a big culprit of acne because of all the hormones in it therefore increasing sebum production so I highly recommend cutting dairy out as well to have clear skin. I indulged over the holidays with too much sweets and dairy and paid the price big time. Had new big zits pop up on my face and back, the painful ones that take forever to go away. Luckily it has cleared up a lot since I've cut those out of my diet, and I'm going to try very hard to stick with it this year. Also limiting coffee intake as well.

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They're doing my head in now. If I keep on top of treatment they go away, but when I stop even for a day or so they come right back. It's depressing and frustrating :(

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Topical treatment will only do so much if anything at all. For most adults, topical treatment does nothing and actually makes acne worse because it is disrupting the natural oil balance and ph of our skin. When we clean and scrub too much, we break out even more because the skin produces even more oil to compensate for the oil taken away during cleansing. Adult acne is different than teen acne. It is more of an internal issue than external. I have suffered many years of acne on my body, and I promise you addressing it internally will give you promising results. I know it is a daily emotional battle going through this. You are not alone with your pain.

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You can try an alcohol-free SA or Mandelic acid toner to keep your skin fresh and exfoliated. I think Murad sells an anti-acne SA body spray for chest and back acne that you could look into as well. Using an oil-free SA or BP cleanser in the shower is also helpful. I second improving your diet, since having no dairy/man made sugars/bad carbs and a lot of Omega 3s will fight inflammation and make any acne that does appear resolve faster and look less red [from my experience]. 

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Thanks @Arizona89 and @cloudydreamer ... I've now cut out the majority of sugar. It's early days though. I feel like it's getting better. My skin has naturally always been very oily. I could wash my face in the morning, and by 1pm it's shiny and oily. Same with my back. Only time will tell, but I'm not breaking out with many new "pimples". I dare call them acne, they're more like volcanos ha ha.

 

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