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Preventing Back and Chest Acne

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Q: How can I keep my back and chest from breaking out?

A: In the shower, use your fingers or a body brush to gently rub a 2% salicylic acid cleanser into your skin (available at drugstores). After showering, use only a noncomedogenic body lotion. During the day, wear loose-fitting, breathable fabrics, like linen and cotton. At night, dab a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment onto body blemishes. If you don't see results after four weeks, ask a dermatologist about getting a prescription oral antibiotic or a topical cream to accelerate the clearing process.


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