Acne Treatment Products for Body and Scalp

Acne on the back and chest is usually caused by acne vulgaris (the most common type of acne, often seen in teen years) or pityrosporum folliculitis (pustules due to the skin yeast pityrosporum). These two types of acne can lead to pimples and blackheads. The scalp can be involved in these types of acne too, especially pityrosporum folliculitis. Pimples from pityrosporum folliculitis are often both itchy and tender, and can be very bright red.

Pimple-like pustules can also occur on the skin of the buttocks' cheeks from sweat and friction. Pimple-like pustules on the arm and thigh skin are most commonly due to keratosis pilaris, as well.

With all these conditions that lead to acne-like lesions on the scalp and body, treatments that reduce skin germs and prevent the pores (follicles) from becoming blocked will help. The best way to treat these areas is with cleansers that contain the right ingredients.  

  1. I find pyrithione zinc helpful for both scalp and body pustules. Foaming Zinc and Calming Zinc ® contain pyrithione zinc in the highest concentration allowed. 
  2. For the body, arms, and thigh areas I also find glycolic acid beneficial. It can be used alone or with salicylic acid, as in my Foaming Acne Cleansers and Ultimate Acne Treatment Kits.
  3. Benzoyl peroxide is helpful for body, arms, and thigh skin pimples as well. My Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser contains a full 10% concentration of this medicated ingredient. 

Get the most popular product combinations in the kits that I created to help simplify body acne treatment for my patients.

  1. My Back Acne Kit works wonders for back and chest acne.
  2. My Glycolic Acid Body Kit is highly effective in treating keratosis pilaris, including the acne-like lesions it causes on the arms, thighs, and sometimes the buttocks. If pustules continue to be a problem from keratosis pilaris, I alternate the Glytone Cleanser with my Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser. This works well for pustules on the buttocks from sweat and friction, too.
  3. My Ultimate Acne Kits contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. They are perfect for treating acne vulgaris on the face, neck, chest, and back. 

On the scalp, the pustules often are accompanied by dandruff. Using the scalp scrubber with my Foaming Zinc Cleanser helps to lift scale and get the medicated cleanser through the hair and onto the scalp skin.

Create an acne treatment regime using the essential 4 steps of a Complete Skin Care Routine to get the best results:

  1. Cleanse with one or more of the medicated cleansers. If irritation develops, use a non-medicated soap that will not clog the pores. Use an exfoliating cloth or sponge, or the Clarisonic Body Cleansing Brush, to help keep pores open.
  2. Correct with the medicated cleansers. Additional active ingredients to fight pustules can be applied by using my Acne Treatment Pads, Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion, or Glytone Lotion.
  3. Hydrate to prevent skin irritation if necessary. Glytone Lotion is a good alternative here as it will deliver glycolic acid to help prevent pores from becoming plugged.
  4. Protect with sunscreen on exposed skin to help prevent the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can happen when acne lesions tan. This hyperpigmentation is hard to treat so it is best prevented.

Remember some products serve more than one step in your skin care routine. I include them for all the benefits they can provide.

 

 

 

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  1. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

    $52.50
  2. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin  1058

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $22.00
  3. Clarisonic SMART Profile   1251

    Clarisonic SMART Profile

    Luxurious head-to-toe sonic face and body cleansing brush. Patented sonic skin cleansing for your face and body to 'bump-up' the effectiveness of your skin care regimen. 11x better cleansing than hands alone!

    $265.00
  4. Clarisonic Brush Replacement Heads  1219

    Clarisonic Brush Replacement Heads

    Get the most out of your Clarisonic Cleansing System by keeping your Clarisonic Brushes in top shape.  Clarisonic recommends that you replace your brush head every 3 months to get the best results from your beloved Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System. Pick the right brush for your skin type to fully customize how the system works for you.

    $25.00
  5. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2  1026

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.

    $32.00
  6. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $38.00
  7. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™  1034

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $18.00
  8. Back and Body Acne Kit™  1012

    Back and Body Acne Kit™

    Designed with the right ingredients to clear body acne and prevent acne scars, this is the best back and body acne skin care treatments in a kit.

    $29.30
  9. Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™  1038

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    A full 10% benzoyl peroxide is the highest concentration available over the counter and the most effective acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria p. acnes.
    $12.75
  10. Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™  1205

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    Better than expensive prescription acne treatments: Benzoyl peroxide continues to be the best acne−treating ingredient in medical studies.
    $12.75
  11. Ultimate Holiday Acne Kit for Sensitive Skin  1260

    Ultimate Holiday Acne Kit for Sensitive Skin

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    $32.00
  12. Glytone Body Lotion  1031

    Glytone Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $32.00
  13. Buf Puf Exfoliating Body Sponge  1047

    Buf Puf Exfoliating Body Sponge

    Buffs and polishes body skin to give you smooth skin with a soft and velvety texture.
    $5.00
  14. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $4.00
  15. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash  1030

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body. I recommend using Glytone Body wash in combination with the Salux Wash Cloth or a Buf Puf Body Sponge.

    $24.00
  16. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3  1027

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3

    The same light water base for oily skin as in the Glytone Exfoliation Lotion #2 but with a stronger level of AHA therapy. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin. I recommend conditioning the skin by beginning with Lotion #2 and then advancing to #3.

    $34.00
  17. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™  1036

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $20.00
  18. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen  1018

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. It spreads so easily that it's also my favorite product to apply to the large expanses of unprotected skin on our bodies. You absolutely must use a water resistant sunscreen when you're going to be wet. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  19. Ultimate AHA Body Skin Care Kit for Smooth, Hydrated, Younger-Looking Skin  1009

    Ultimate AHA Body Skin Care Kit for Smooth, Hydrated, Younger-Looking Skin

    Everyone can have soft, velvety smooth skin on their entire body. All it takes is really good body exfoliation!

    $61.00
  20. EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen  1125

    EltaMD UV SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.00
  21. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™  1155

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
    $5.00
  22. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™  1035

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $17.40
  23. Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40  1017

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $25.00
  24. Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™  1037

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective non prescription acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria p. acnes. The 5% benzoyl peroxide in this acne treatment cream is strong enough to treat tough acne, but won't irritate most sensitive skin.
    $12.75
  25. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™  1033

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey SKIN Oil Off Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $14.50
  26. Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™  1039

    Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    2.5% is the “sweet spot” in benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. It gives you all the acne-treating power needed to fight acne-causing bacteria and blackheads, but it’s gentle on sensitive skin.

    $14.50
  27. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too!

    $43.00
  28. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™  1010

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    $41.40
  29. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™  1011

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from the high concentration of acne medicine in the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength.

    $48.00
  30. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment  1020

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  31. Foaming Zinc Cleanser™  1040

    Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $14.80
  32. Calming Zinc Bar Soap®  1044

    Calming Zinc Bar Soap®

    My favorite skin cleanser! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully medicated to solve your skin problems.

  33. Salux Wash Cloth  1045

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $5.00
  34. Back Applicator  1050

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  35. Scalp Scrubber  1121

    Scalp Scrubber

    A plastic scalp scrubber is a highly effective way to deep clean your scalp and to help control dandruff, 'dry scalp' and pimples on the scalp.
    $5.00

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