Break outs on back

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    Mar 26, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    How do you take care of your back? I've been getting serial chronic breakouts, one pimple at a time for years, but haven't found a good way to keep it all clear.
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    Mar 26, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    I haven't found anything effective either, I've tried a few different things all have helped to an extent..

    I get it pretty badly when I'm working out hard at the gym for a couple of weeks and my diet changes to a higher protein intake, I haven't a clue why but for a couple of years it was just something I lived with, it's all good right now since I haven't been pushing to much at the gym and have normal eating habits.
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    Mar 26, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    Stop doing 'roids?
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    Mar 26, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    Sometimes what appears to be chronic acne is actually a staph infection.

    A GP or Dermatologist will know just by looking.

    Food for thought.
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    Mar 27, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    What are you doing to exfoliate? Do you shower with soap after every workout or strenuous activity where you sweat? Do you always wear a clean shirt for every workout? Are the breakouts concentrated in one area, or all over your back?

    We need more information, dude.
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    Mar 27, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    One pimple at a time? That doesn't seem too bad.

    Some general tips..
    - Wear a clean shirt every time you workout.
    - If you sleep with a t-shirt on, same advice.
    - Use a long washing cloth and scrub your back when you shower. Use a moisturizing soap.
    - Get some moderate sun exposure. The UV helps kill the bacteria that causes acne.
    - Stay hydrated. Sweating helps clear the pores.
  • allatonce

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    Mar 27, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    I have the same problem. I have found if I get sun exposure it goes away in a few days. I went on vacation down south and by the end of the week all my acne had gone away. Maybe living in Canada isn't the best strategy.
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    Mar 27, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    For what it's worth, I've read that guys that get bacne from roids use rubbing alcohol on the patches to make them go away.
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    Mar 27, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    increase vitamin d levels.
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    Mar 27, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
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    Mar 27, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Fable saidStop doing 'roids?


    Man, if this is was far as I could get on 'roids, I'd be one sad 'roid user.
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    Mar 27, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    For me, I used to drink a chocolate-flavored protein shake...I'm alergic to chocolate as it makes my face break-out like crazy so I didn't see how my breakouts could be from chocolate on my body as they weren't on my face...BUT - I cut the chocolate shake out (Strawberry now) and its so much clearer.

    It's most likely due to something you eat that is messing up your system. Also get those soap bars with benzoyl peroxide from like CVS or whatever and they help make sure your skin is clear.
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    Mar 27, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    bryanc_74 said
    Fable saidStop doing 'roids?


    Man, if this is was far as I could get on 'roids, I'd be one sad 'roid user.


    gotta like a guy with a sense of humor icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 27, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    i found a really effective solution for me. i bought the Neutrogena Body Scub and use it after a normal shower. its like an extra step in a shower that gets u more clean anyway.
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    btw, for reaching the back, i jus use a small long towel. And yes i wash and laundry those often too.

    My back's been cleaner ever since. Hope this helps
  • Halcyonz

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    Mar 27, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    Go to a dermatologist? Skip all the crappy over the counter items. Solodyn (minocyclin) is amazing for control or use a benzoyl peroxide(6%/10%) wash on your back with a back scrubber.
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Mar 27, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    I have the same deal; one or two at a time. One leaves, another arrives. Just enought to be annoying.

    Finally went to the dermatologist: benzoyl peroxide (8%) body wash, and a 2% clindamycin (rest is pretty much rubbing alcohol) after shower application. Seems to be helping.
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    Mar 27, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    It could be your diet combined with hormone fluctuations or something. As someone else suggested, get a good acne wash and a back scrubber.

    Other than that I would say take a beta-carotene supplement when you feel a break out coming on .. one or two doses of 25,000 IU's a day while you are having the problem.
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    Mar 27, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm pretty sure I don't have chronic staph infections; and if I did, I'm medically qualified enough to know icon_razz.gif

    I have a sensitivity to Benzoyl peroxide, but I did just pick up the 2% salycilic acid wash from neutrogena. I might look into that spray too. I bought one of those back towel loofah things from the Body Shop. Otherwise, I find it too difficult to really get at my back.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Mar 27, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    Well I've found 2 things that work really well but you need someone to help you one is this cream I used in Germany IDK what it's call I'll ask my sister what it is and get back to you but the other is to get Aqua fresh Extreme Clean and have some one apply on to your back it's the only tooth past that will work because it's still made the way tooth paste used to be made and make sure that someone is constantly fanning your back because it will burn like hell or stand in front of a fan. leave it on for 10 to 15 min and wash off with hot water... as hot as you can take it. This is how I got rid of my pizza face and it works really well for the back

    and a third thing you can do it go tanning and then when you shower use a back scrubby that you can get in a China Town or Little Tokyo. The tanning will dry out the zit and you can just scrub it away, this takes a few tanning sessions.
  • auryn

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    Mar 27, 2010 3:16 AM GMT


    But seriously, go see a dermatologist.

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    Mar 27, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    bryanc_74 said
    Fable saidStop doing 'roids?


    Man, if this is was far as I could get on 'roids, I'd be one sad 'roid user.


    He's an ignorant 20 year old and doesn't know any better.

    Usually, acne is a bacterial infection. There are numerous resources you can use to study it further online. You can start with Wikipedia, and it'll get you going down the path. This question comes up every few weeks.

    Because UV / sun exposure kills bacteria and has drying effect it's often an effective, and cost effective, treatment.

    I never get zit one, fortunately.

    Drying agents, like sun, alcohol, and detergents, seem to be pretty effective in a lot of cases. No need for anything expensive. UV light kills bacteria and will slow the infection your skin.

    For rough cases, doctors will give an antibiotic, and, for even rougher cases, a drying agent...but, some have nasty effects.
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    Mar 27, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    I would wager it is the shirt you are wearing and the combination of end of work to time of cleaning. An open pore can get infected to become a zit if you leave your sweaty shirt on for too long or do some exercise with extensive rubbing.

    The fact that we are dealing with 1 zit at a time doesn't seem like it has to do with hormones or diet but mainly with proper exfoliation and hygiene of the area. Some times we miss a spot on the back.
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    Mar 27, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
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    Mar 27, 2010 8:21 AM GMT
    Vitamin A supplement. You can it them in the grocery store...something like 10000 IU per capsule. Or eat a lot of vitamin A rich foods, like cantaloupe, spinach, squash
  • metta

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    Mar 27, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    To the OP, it really does sounds like you may need to see a dermatologist to get it under control. You may need antibiotics or some special creams.


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