Common Name/Other Name
Body acne, Bacne, Acne vulgaris
Acne is a skin condition where oil, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria clog the hair follicles (sebaceous gland) that appear on parts of the body. Back acne is acne that appears on the back.
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Benzoyl peroxide has an anti-inflammatory effect and is used as a 1st line treatment for mild to moderate acne. It can be paired with a topical antibiotic or retinoid. Precaution: Increase in skin sensitivity (sunburn). Side effects: Dryness of skin, redness, occasional peeling of skin.
Topical antibiotics are used for mild to moderate and severe acne. It decreases acne activity due to its inflammatory properties against Propionibacterium acne. Side effects: Itching, peeling and redness, burning sensation. Drug interactions: Other antibiotics when taken at the same time, medicated or rough soaps, products with high alcohol concentration.
Salicylic acid has antibacterial-producing properties that when applied to the skin, it opens skin pores and promotes shedding of dead skin cells. Side effects: darkening of skin, skin irritation Drug interactions: Retinoids, solvents with alcohol, oil, acetone
Topical retinoid (tretinoin, adapelene) and oral retinoid (isotretinoin) have an anti-inflammatory effect that normalizes follicle cell lifecycle. These are the 1st line treatment for people with a dark colored skin for fast improvement of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Side effects: Skin irritations, sensitivity to light, darkening or losing skin color, dryness of skin and mucosa. Drug interactions: Other retinoids, vitamin A, tetracyclines, salicylic acid.