Acne is a skin disease which is commonly known as pimples. Typically, acne begins during adolescence and is localized mainly in the face. However, there are multiple forms of acne. Well known is acne vulgaris, which is characterized by the presence of both pustules and comodones (blackheads). Other examples are acne rosacea and acne conglobata. This article will focus on back acne and how to get rid of back acne.
When acne occurs mainly on your back, it is likely to be acne conglobata. Acne conglobata is typically seen by men and doesn’t necessarily diminish after puberty. The inflammation is more severe then seen with acne vulgaris. The back and chest are more affected then the face, in contrast with acne vulgaris. Characteristically are the large abscesses under the skin which frequently leave scars after curing. The abscesses or infiltrations are red and can be painful
But how to get rid of back acne? The treatment for acne on your back depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated locally with benzoyl peroxide, a gel that is anti septic and keratolytic, which means that it dissolve the upper layer of the skin to prevent the blockage of follicles. The advantage of benzoyl peroxide is that it is save and easy to buy without prescription. The disadvantage is that is can cause irritation of the skin and leave bleached stains in your cloth.
Another option is a retinoid which is a vitamin A crème with the same keratolytic working mechanism as benzoyl peroxide. The disadvantage is that you can only use it during the night because the sensitivity for sunlight. Thereby is it unsafe to use during pregnancy.
For moderate acne the treatment can consist of locally applied antibiotics. Most used are Erythromycin and Clindamycin, the first is save to use during pregnancy, the second isn’t. The disadvantage of both products is that it can cause skin irritation. If locally applied antibiotics have not the desired effect, a low dose of antibiotics can be taken orally for weeks till months. For girls oral contraception pills are an option.
For severe forms of acne that failed to respond to any other form of treatment mentioned above, an option for treatment is Isotretinoin. It is sold by different names including Roaccutane, Clarus and Isotane. It has to be taken orally and has systemic effects. Isotretinoin derives from vitamin A, it decreases the production of sebum and it prevents the formation of comedones. The most common side effect is a dry skin. Isotetinoin is a potential dangerous medicine, to prevent a vitamin A intoxication it is necessary to check your blood regularly.