3 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Back Acne or “Acne”: Dermatologist

3 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Back Acne or “Acne”: Dermatologist

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Dr. Charles Boza, a board-certified dermatologist who practices in New York City, shares three ways to get rid of the dreaded back acne, also known as “acne.”

About 50 million Americans suffer from acne, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Experts say athletes who wear sweaty tracksuits are particularly vulnerable to unsightly back blemishes.

The two most common types of acne are hormonal and fungal. Acne vulgaris, or hormonal acne, is blamed on fluctuations in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, which causes glands in the skin to produce too much oil that clogs pores.

Folliculitis vulgaris, or fungal acne, is often confused with hormonal acne.

“I find that ‘back acne’ is often actually influenzae folliculitis, which is an overgrowth of yeast normally found on our skin,” Dr. Debbie Elder, a board-certified dermatologist from Virginia, told GQ in 2020.

Meanwhile, Boza points to Staphylococcus aureus — bacteria that live on the skin and nose — as the culprit.

New York City dermatologist Dr. Charles Buza shares three ways to get rid of back acne, also known as “acne” — eliminating bacteria, using a benzoyl peroxide lotion, and changing your workout clothes frequently. TikTok/@drcharlesmd1

Get rid of bacteria

“The first step is to flush out the bacteria that have colonized your nose, behind your ears, and your belly button,” Boza explained on his TikTok account last week.

“Mupirocin ointment can get rid of those,” Busa advised regarding the cream that aims to kill bacteria and prevent them from growing.

About 50 million Americans suffer from acne, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Experts say athletes who wear sweaty tracksuits are particularly vulnerable to unsightly back blemishes. Getty Images/iStockPhoto

Use benzoyl peroxide lotion

“Then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, use either a benzoyl peroxide wash like this one from CeraVe (foaming acne cream cleanser) or Hibiclens (chlorhexidine gluconate solution 4.0% w/v) on the body to decolonize staph bacteria.”

Benzoyl peroxide is known to kill bacteria and remove dead skin to unclog pores.

GQ magazine recommends benzoyl peroxide (5-10%) body wash, but notes that it can stain towels and clothes.

Staphylococcus aureus — bacteria that live on the skin and nose — is to blame, Boza says. TikTok/@drcharlesmd1

Change your workout clothes frequently

“If you’re a sweaty person or exercise regularly, make sure you take off those sweaty clothes as soon as possible and use a hypochlorous acid spray like these options from Amazon or Tower 28,” Boza added.

Hypochlorous acid spray is a disinfectant that kills bacteria.

Experts who spoke to GQ recommend using a long-handled sponge to clean your back in the shower; Undergo chemical peeling. Add green leafy vegetables, fish, tomatoes, and other inflammation-fighting foods to your diet; Wear moisture-absorbing fabrics while exercising; And switch to gluten-free whey protein powder.

“Stop the whey protein shakes and bars!” Dr. Allison Arthur, a Mayo Clinic-trained dermatologist based in Florida, told the outlet.

“Whey protein supplements have been linked to acne,” she explained. “For some patients, acne goes away after they stop taking supplements.”


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