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How do I get rid of spots on my back and chest?

Teenage girl with acne on her chest

When it comes to acne, it's not just about the face. Acne can also appear on various parts of the body including the chest and back. Understanding the underlying reasons for and knowing how to manage spots when they appear can make a big difference when it comes to getting rid of them.

Understanding Spots on the Back and Chest

Spots are caused by the overproduction of oil by the body's sebaceous glands. When combined with shedding skin cells it can block hair follicles leading to the formation of spots or pimples. Spots can appear anywhere, however the back and chest are particularly susceptible due to the large number of oil glands in these areas.

Various Factors Can Trigger This Condition

Hormonal Changes:

During adolescence, hormone levels fluctuate which can lead to an increase in sebum (oil) production. This can accelerate the above ‘spot creation’ process.


If your parents had acne, chances are you might be more prone to it as well. Certain genetic variations can influence the production of sebum and the body’s inflammatory response. 

Use of Certain Medications and Products:

Sometimes cosmetic products containing oils may contribute to clogging pores in those who have oily skin.

Tight Clothing:

Tight clothing can rub against the skin, leading to irritation. It can create friction and trap sweat against the skin. 

Managing Spots on the Back and Chest

Teenage boy washing his hair in the shower

Good Hygiene

Shower immediately after exercise. The use of a body wash is recommended but go easy, scrubbing the body can irritate the skin and make the affected areas worse.

Wear Clean, Loose Clothing

If you are prone to back and chest acne, wear loose, breathable fabrics especially during physical activities.

Diet and Hydration

There's ongoing debate about the link between diet and acne. However, it's well-established that a balanced diet and adequate hydration promote overall health, which includes skin health.

Avoid Picking and Scratching

As tempting as it may be, picking or scratching can cause scarring and further irritation.

Teenage girl using a back scrub brush


A gentle exfoliating brush specifically designed for the body can help remove dead skin cells that might be contributing to clogged pores. Use with a mild body wash or a product that is specifically formulated to help.


Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type as overly dry skin can actually produce more oil and make the condition worse.

Putting cream on spotty back

Seeking Professional Help

If the acne is severe, persistent or causing distress then it's time to seek the advice of a dermatologist. They may recommend stronger treatments such as prescription creams, oral antibiotics or even procedures like chemical peels or light therapy.

Skincare is a Journey

 Managing Emotional Impact

While managing the physical aspects of acne don't forget about the emotional toll it can take. Talk to people you trust and do remember that this phase will pass as, in most cases, it's a temporary issue that resolves with time and the right care.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Preventing body acne can often be more effective than treating it. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, proper hygiene, and regular skin care can help minimise outbreaks. Patience is key.

Your Skin is Unique

These are general guidelines and what works best for you may depend on various combinations of the above. Your skin is unique, and understanding the potential causes and following a consistent skincare routine can make a significant difference.

Spots on the chest and back can be frustrating and many teenagers experience the same issue, however, if the problem persists don't hesitate to seek professional medical advice. A dermatologist will offer the best solutions tailored to your specific needs.








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