Does anyone know of a good treatment for acne on your back? I get painful pimples on my back more often than I get them on my face nowadays! Just wondering if there's any soap/body wash out there someone has tried and it worked. Or any home remedies?
Amber from Westminster, CO
I read recently that increasing fiber intake can help clear up acne. It might be worth a try. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, too. For immediate relief, I'm not sure. You could try boiling some onion skins in water, then patting the (cooled!) water on your back. I've never tried it for acne, but works great for other rashes. I'd try it on a small area first and see if it helps. Good luck! (01/12/2007)
If you are really serious about tackling it, Accutane works well for acne on your torso. (01/12/2007)
By Katie A.
Try Vitamin A and Zinc, they will clear up your acne and will make it a thing of the past. Be patient at first.
I have the same problem and what I do is wash the affected area with a benzoyl peroxide soap then apply aloe vera gel twice a day. (01/13/2007)
You might think about changing soaps, detergent, etc. As a child, I had bad acne on my back because my mom changed detergents frequently. I was allergic to many of the detergents and soaps that she changed to.
I still have to choose the soaps, shampoos and detergents very carefully. (01/13/2007)
Tested and guaranteed; You can get rid of acne on back/face or any part of the body by mixing 2 tsp of baking soda to 2-3 glasses of cold tap water; after cleansing, use it as a final rinse on affected area. Do not use towel for drying. Let it dry off naturally. Use 2-3 weeks or till acne completely disappears. If you get acne on body, try changing your laundry detergent. (01/14/2007)
I just saw a segment on the Today show where they said that drinking milk can cause acne. I gave up milk and my skin is much better, I just have to be sure to get my calcium elsewhere. It is worth a try. I have also used Proactiv in the past with great success. They have a body cleanser in addition to the face products. (01/16/2007)
Cures can be temporary unless the original reason for the Acne is addressed. As a Cosmetologist I recommend:
Begin first improving your diet. Increase Fresh Veggies, moderate fruits/low sugar, eliminating fried and fast foods/chips/nuts/rich cookies/chocolate/cheese/gravies/ and dips.
Take a good multi-vitamin/mineral, Calcium/D, Vit. E, Zinc, daily (with lots of water throughout the day.)
Exercise at least 15 min. day, get 10 min. sun daily. Get plenty of sleep. Bathe three- five times week. Change towels often, using paper towels to pat dry if Acne is draining or sore. Know that Acne content likely gets onto linens, pillow, face cloths, and fingers, so make certain hands are washed in antibacterial liquid soap first before touching face or back.
Shampoo hair in the sink, not shower, with PH balanced shampoo, using warm, not hot water, because Acne contents can be both contagious and caused by dust mites, both of which can wash onto the back. If hot water is used in a shower, it washes away the normal protectant body oils leaving the skin exposed to contagion and any dust mites that may be washed out and fall down onto the back/face.
If Acne is draining try using only a fresh paper towel gently each time you gently wash your face. Do not wash often, nor scrub, nor use HOT water.
If healing, not raw open sores, use white face cloths each time you clean the face, bleaching the cloths in the washer when cleaning linens separately from other clothes to avoid spreading. Do NOT pop the pimples if at all avoidable. If you do, remember that it is highly contagious with bacteria, fungus or virus that will make more pimples, especially on freshly washed skin.
A good treatment of each cleaned, blow dried pimple is to dab each one with a clean q-tip, dipped in Hydrogen Peroxide, turning the q-tip to a new place on the cotton each time it touches the pimple. Air dry. Also, crush an aspirin between two spoons, mixing the powder with neosporin, applying to dry pimple with fresh q-tip, turning to new place on the cotton and not touching the Neosporin tip with the contaminated q-tip, but rather mixing the two on a new baggie or piece of foil. Cover whole Acne area with paper towel layer until mixture is absorbed by the skin, about 1 hour.
Change bed pillowcase often, covering during the day to keep it clean for your use. Lay on paper towels if pimples are draining or sore. Clean dust mites as often and from all surfaces with pledge or Endust, or alcohol and paper towel so as not to recycle them in the washing machine to other clothing. Alcohol spray will kill dust mites on upholstery for several days to a week. Try not to ever sit on any surface unless fully clothed to protect all skin.
Keep bed made up with clean linens, and protect from dust mites by covering with bedspread. Use only gentle liquid soaps with only warm water, never hot water, even in a shower. Never touch the skin surface with anything dirty or dirty hands.
Remember that pet hair has high amounts of dirt and dust mites on it, even if just groomed. Wash hands after petting, and never allow a pet to get on your skin, especially after cleaning.
Hope this works and that you choose to take on these new habits to get and stay healed. Good luck and God bless and heal you. : ) (01/27/2007)
I have the same problem. My dermatologist told me to use a ketoconazole, which is common in a dandruff shampoo. You have to apply this in an affected area, use it like a soap before you go to bed and do this for like two weeks. It's effective, you can take my word for it. (03/06/2007)
I'd try Benzoyl Peroxide. It doesn't cost very much, and I'm sure it would work wonders for your back. But if you use it on your face, you have to be careful to dot it only on your pimples and do not use it on your whole face because it tends to really dry out your skin. Benzoyl Peroxide works by killing the germs that cause pimples. Rub it in well, or it could "bleach" out your clothes (it is peroxide, after all).
Give it a try on your back, along with a good diet & great vitamins plus Zinc. I've seen Benzoyl Peroxide work wonders clearing acne away from a friend's back, it cleared his acne up in less than a week.
PS. I had a fungus infection for 2 years that even the doctors couldn't cure with meds, I tried 4 different prescriptions. I don't know why, but I decided to try Benzoyl Peroxide on it and low & behold! The B.P. cured it in a few days! I think by actually drying out the fungus, or maybe by killing it? Who knows, I just know it worked & I'm grateful. (03/06/2007)
Regarding the Benzoyl Peroxide that Cyinda recommends; I used to wear an old white t-shirt to bed to avoid bleaching my good pajamas. Like Cyinda says, rub it in good, otherwise it will soak through the shirt onto your sheets!
Also, eliminating fast foods and reducing milk helped me. However, the acne on my face was significant so I went on Accutane. Result: Acne cured. That stuff is wonderful (if you can accept the side effects that is). (03/06/2007)
Try showering more often and actually washing your torso. I work full time in a dusty hot place and attend school full time. I sometimes find myself 'jumping in to rinse off the dirt' instead of taking the time to truly soap up.
Once I figured out this is what I was doing, I started taking the time to shower twice or even three times a day and made sure I was getting out of work clothes as soon as I got home. It has made a huge difference. (02/23/2008)
I remember when I was a kid my dad used to have acne on his back. He used to apply selsun shampoo (anti-dandruff shampoo) on his back and let it be there for an hour or two, and after a few weeks, his back was clear. (03/29/2008)
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