Treatment to cure and clear back acne or any acne for that matter requires a lot of patience. It cannot be done overnight or in one day. It takes weeks to see some positive result and months to get rid of the back acne and totally clear it up.
Most people feel that the acne will not go away and, therefore, tend to give up the treatment midway. You must persist with the treatment. You may get face acne and back acne at the same time, and if you have face acne, you are very likely to develop back acne or body acne as well. Below are some steps to help you get rid of back acne or body acne.
How to treat back acne and get rid of them?
1) Back acne and hygiene
Clean your skin daily with a mild acne soap. This will help remove sweat and dust that can clog the skin pores. After any activity that can cause you to sweat, have a shower using a mild acne soap or an antibacterial cleanser. Such activity can include exercise or some physical activity.
During hot and humid weather be sure to shower twice or thrice a day as required. You are going to sweat more in such weather and it is advisable to wash off the sweat and not allow it stay and clog the skin pores.
Exfoliate your back once a week using a soft sponge and soap. Do not scrub too hard as that will irritate the skin and aggravate the acne.
You must make sure you are able to reach the whole of your back or else take the help of someone. Pat your body dry with a clean towel after the shower. Do not rub the towel on the body as it will aggravate the acne.
2) Back acne and diet
Foods do not cause acne — even the greasiest of them. Science still has no proof of that. But it is always healthy to have foods that are rich in antioxidants. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains are a good source of antioxidants. They are good anti ageing agents and keep your skin healthy. They also prevent the formation of skin wrinkles. However, if you come across a particular food, which you think aggravates your back acne or any acne, you should avoid eating that food.
3) Back acne and stress
Stress is one factor that does not cause acne but aggravates an existing one. You must learn to control your stress level. Regular exercise and proper sleep are two things which will help you to do that. Meditation is another thing which will help increase your stress threshold. Practising meditation every day will benefit you in more ways than one.
4) Medications to treat back acne
Topical and oral medications to treat and cure back acne are the same as those used to treat facial acne. Treatment consists of the use of over-the-counter (OTC) topical creams initially. These include benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, retinoids and topical antibiotics. The last two are available under prescription, which your dermatologist will prescribe if required.
You have to approach your dermatologist if the OTC acne products have failed to work or if the acne have become worse. Your dermatologist will prescribe oral antibiotics such as tetracycline or its derivatives such as doxycycline. Erythromycin is another antibiotic that can be used to control the infection. He may also prescribe oral contraceptive pills to regulate the hormonal balance in the body.
Isotretnoin, first marketed as Accutane is very effective to treat acne. But it is cautiously prescribed to treat severe acne only because of its potential side effects. Its use in pregnancy is contraindicated.
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