How to treat back acne and get the color even afterwards?

Hi, I just love your blog and I follow it religiously. I use your suggested products and I had great results with retionols. I had some acne on my back and have some brown spots as a result, do you think it makes sense to use the SkinMedica retionols on those? I also have a lot of moles so wondered if I got to be careful with retionols or not? Thanks

Thank you!    Back acne can be a probem for many.   You can use the same products on your back as you do on your face.   It’s just a little harder to reach some of the areas.  Some drugstores sell long handled applicators for this purpose.   

One difference is that the skin on the back is a lot thicker than skin on the face – and usually tougher.   It’s possible to exfoliate more aggressively on your back with a long handled, natural bristle brush to help keep the pores unclogged.   This also has the added advantage of speeding up cell turnover a little which helps that “post inflammatory” brown spot fade faster.

Also the retinols (vitamin A cousins) or other acne products,  won’t harm moles (nevi). 

For  products for the face and back,  here are some suggestions.  

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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