What to do about back acne and butt acne

Yes, it’s true, the skin on the back and butt are really different than the face. For one, it’s a lot thicker and less sensitive, in general. So treating butt acne and back acne will be slightly different, being as the skin there is different. Here are some tips.

For more severe back and butt acne:

If you have have cysts, large pustules and/or acne scars on your back or butt, you need a dermatologist or good primary care doctor! Home treatment just won’t cut it.

For more mild to moderate back and butt acne and plugged pores:

Step 1: Get an inexpensive, long handled “back brush” with natural bristles. Be sure to hang it on a hook in your bathroom in between uses so it can dry, and not mold.
Step 2: Use the back brush with a strong glycolic cleanser (like this SkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanser here)  every time you’re in the shower.
Step 3: Immediately after the glycolic cleanser, use a scrub with the same brush.  Any scrub you like will do! Rinse the brush and hang it to dry.
Step 4: Apply a retinol cream 1.0% to as much of the acne as you can reach. SkinCeuticals also has a great Retinol in this strength here.
Do this for 6 weeks! If you don’t see a difference then, you need a dermatologist to help you.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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