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Acne on the back is difficult to treat because of the problem of physically reaching the affected area. It's impossible to reach all of the affected areas to apply a cream or lotion. The ideal acne treatment may be different depending on the individual. Back acne and facial acne treatments are generally similar, however, the “spreadibility” of treatments for your back may make some usual, facial options unavailable. So we like foams and large pads that can easily reach this larger, difficult to reach area. Also, back acne makes me start thinking about systemic options, like oral antibiotics and isotretinoin, not just topical fixes. Treatment of back acne utilizes some of the same medications and procedures that we use to treat face acne, including topical prescription creams, oral antibiotics, and laser acne therapies. However, because the back is such a difficult to reach area, there are some therapies that we commonly use on the back in particular. These back acne treatments include anti-acne sprays , oral antibiotics, chemical peels, and in-office treatments such as PDT(Photodynamic Therapy) and Isolaz acne therapy. Glycolic or salicylic acid help unclog the pores by exfoliating the top layers of skin, releasing the oil and debris that is trapped in the pores and also decreasing the likelihood that new clogged pores will form. When these treatments aren't enough, it may be best to try an oral antibiotic. It is also important to remember to shower soon after exercise. If you are sitting around in sweaty clothes after your workout, the pores are more likely to get clogged and trigger a breakout. Peels or microdermabrasion can help with acne and of course the correct home care products. Laser is a wonderful treatment for acne. It can quickly heal acne and the redness and irritation that accompanies acne. The above suggestions will also help with some of the scarring and pigmentation left from the pimples.