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hot-chocolate wrote on 28 September 2011 - 12:19 PM:
Hi there! 8 years severe acne sufferer here =)
Acne (since the question was aksed) can be caused by several factors: such as hormones, genetics (YES IT IS POSSIBLE) and simply bad hygene and habits.
I'll start off with hormones. I'm going to try and give out through explanation for all 3 factors I gave out, this way a maximum of questions can be answered in an approximate way.
This message is specifically for the O.P. and jellykrystleee.
As we all know hormones are one of the most stereotypical causes of acne, at least that's what everyone says: "Meh, it's just your hormones, you'll get over it." This is partially true, but it is also false. Hormones and specifically testosterone (oh the male gonado hormone), do have great consequences on your skin's condition. But testosterone secretion is the one that regulates your sebum secretion (which is the natural oil you secrete to level the moisture grounds of your skin). Now before I head in the jungle and actually blurt out how testosterone works, I guess it is best to explain in general how hormone regulation works. Basically, in your body you have various types of hormones which all have their specific concentration/amount in the blood. With differents types of reactions in your body, and with the help of potential of action (let's just say neuro-messages), signals are sent out to secrete certain types of hormones that will either trigger other hormonal secretions (which in the medical field we call positive feed-back) or refrain/hold down others (negative feed-back). At a certain age we call puberty, these hormones enter an irregular phase due to changes of the body, but during the entrance to that phase imbalance may be present, hence the term hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is either a lack or excess of certains types of hormones that can bring out many types of symptoms and diseases. And one of those diseases is acne. A typical type of hormonal imbalance is excess of testosterone (and yes this is valid for men too, you also have a very specific maximum respective concentration level for testosterones). Since I said testosterone is responsible for sebum secretion, having excess male gonado hormones within your blood stream will cause an amplification of the amount of sebum your sebaceous glands will release. And we all know that very oily skin may give acne. I know that the back is rarely oily but you do have those glands almost everywhere on your body and the hormone mecanisme can trigger acne anywhere.
Genetics. Ah the less common factor or at least the one that everyone neglects. Acne can be transfered from generation to generation without seeing it. For example, I have severe cystic acne and mom never had nor did her parents but some of her brothers did. Now why is that? Genes. Yes this may all come from genes, but how do we explain the fact that it skips a generation? As we all know, genes are transmitted to us during our creation (not talking about embryon form but when our cells are being assembled to create the embryon), and during that time and further your many many genes will either be define as a dominant or recessive. Let me explain. For example, your mom has green eyes and your dad brown. You are born with brown eyes, this means that your dad's gene coding for brown eye is dominant and your mom's was recessive, hence why the brown eye caracter expressed itself among you when you were brought to life. The thing goes for acne, acne genes may have been transfered to you and is dominant for you and can be (or not, ask about their acne history) recessive for them and vice versa.
As for bad hygene, we all know the story. =) I guess this is pretty logical if you link normal testosterone activity to bad hygene, it'll just give you acne like popping daisies, but since we're all different this may vary from one person to another.
Now that I have said all of that, back to the back acne.
Before you can heal your back acne, you have to know the general source of your acne (whether it's on the back, face, chest or arms the all come from the same thing within your body). So I know this may sound bad, but go see a dermatologist. Because first of all, you can't self medicate yourself with home remedies (you can try but there are possible unflattering side effects) and from what I have read you apply benzoyl peroxide. I do hope it's prescribed because it isn't the safest medication out there and that would be considered as self-medication. It is best to get medical knowledge from a doctor than the internet since anyone can post what they want on the net.
If you are only left with scars, you have to be more specific and tell us what type of scars you have. Are they hyperpigmentation scars (dark brown, purple or red spots), crater/box scars/dents (3D and are permanent and can be modified by laser) or icepicks scars (deep yet small pore-like looking scars)? The treeatment to be followed depends of the type of scar. If it's only hyperpigmentation, you can self medicate since you don't have to be a genious to find out that bleaching dark things lightens them/fades them. Though I suggest getting rid of your acne completely first, since you'll be pretty much wasting your time healing scars before your acne.
Another thing I'd like to point out it the "go to the beach method", I do agree salt water has minerals that help your skin improve. It is a natural antiseptic and it refreshes and rids your skin of dead cells. BUT, and big BUT... Beach generaly = SUN and SUN without sunscreen=3 times worse the acne you have now (this is scientifically proven and I suggest you research about it). So if ever you try out the beach method ALWAYS have sunscreen and at least SPF 50. I'm stressing on this since when I wasn't aware of sunlight's side effects on acne I regretted the way my face ended up. Sunscreen should also be used even when it's cloudy, since the sun is permanently present.
From my personal experience, I just took my hormonal medication since I have the PCOS syndrome (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) which is cause by hormonal imbalance. Hormones fixed my skin and back acne. And as my doctor gradually started to lower down the dose of hormonal intake, my body just got used to it and stopped over secreting sebum. So my acne eventually faded (I still get occasional breakouts of course but it's better: 1-2 pimples every 2 months compared to 1-3 pimples everyday) and left scarring.
A bit of advice though, don't use harsh products on your acne such as alcohol and exfoliators since they will only irritate the skin and give out bad inflammatory acne.
Hope this was helpful! Good luck and stay happy despite your back acne =) I bet it'll go away.
P.S. Forgive my typos ;_;