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Ways to Prevent Back Acne, Treatment for Acne on The Back

Updated on December 24, 2016

Foods That May Cause Acne

Acne on the upper back and shoulders can be irritating. It's not attractive to see acne on the back and shoulders. Sometimes it has something to do with the foods we eat. Dairy foods may cause back acne, if eaten too frequently. It’s a good idea to try and reduce your dairy intake such as, milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Also to decrease back acne breakouts, reduce your caffeine intake such as, sodas, coffee, teas, and chocolates. Try eating more fruit salads to help the back-acne to clear up sooner. Another thing to avoid or reduce is the intake of sugars, such as cookies, candies, cakes, and soft drinks. Instead drink plenty of water, 4-8 glasses (8 ounces). Try eating 1-2 fruit salads daily and plenty of water throughout the day; and you will begin to notice the back acne clearing up.

Ways to prevent back acne
Ways to prevent back acne


If you’re a person that physical exercise, it's important to keep your back clear of sweat, after working out. After each workout, you may want to wipe your back with Witch Hazel. The astringent Witch Hazel helps to keep your back clear impurities on the skin due to sweating. It's best to wipe your back with Witch Hazel and a cotton pad or 100% cotton ball, 2-3 times every day.


After sweating in a shirt, in high heated weather or after exercising, change your shirt twice a day. Use mild soaps to take showers such as Neutrogena soaps, oatmeal soaps, lemon soaps, and other natural organic soaps. Avoid using soaps that have perfumes in them because it can assist with causing reoccurred skin breakouts on the back. Hair products can also cause the skin breakouts on the upper back area. This is why it's important to wipe your back with an astringent 2-3 times daily. Cleansing the back with lemon juice will also slow down the acne.

Sea salt water is another agent that can be used for decreasing symptoms of acne on the back. Just mix a pinch of sea salt with 2 ounces of water, and spray it on your back or wipe it on, with a cotton ball.

Sea salt can be purchased at grocery stores or dollar stores.


Another skin tip, is when you're showering; use baking soda along with a mild soap to exfoliate your back. You can use the baking soda as a scrub for your back once every week. Exfoliating the upper back will help get rid of dead skin cells that cause potential acne.

Medicated Moisturizers

Also let your back get 15 minutes of sunshine, vitamin D is absorbed into your skin from the sun rays. Another tip is to buy a tube of Cortisone 10, and rub it on your back before going to bed at night. Actually apply Cortizone 10 on your back 2 or 3 times a day. There are other anti-itch creams that can be purchased over-the-counter. And you may want to try using "Aveno Lotion" or Lubriderm (hypoallergenic) lotion, instead of lotions that contain perfumes.

There's sulfur ointments that actually get rid of the acne on the effected areas. Sulfur ointment can be applied one hour before taking a shower, and applied again after showering. If the smell of sulfur doesn't bother you, it's a good idea to use sulfur soap as well.

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      Ann810 16 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Lions44 and Johnmiller, whatever decreases acne on your skin, continue using it. A product that works for one individual might not work on someone else.

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      johnmiller12503 16 months ago

      thats gross

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      CJ Kelly 16 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Great advice. I suffered from this as a teen. My doc used dry ice treatments. It burned, but worked. Creepy office to be in though. There was a cauldron with steam coming out of it.

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