Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition affecting both teenagers and adults and is usually due to hormonal causes linked to puberty. Pimples most often occurs on the face, particularly the cheeks and forehead, chest, back and shoulders. Secondary bacterial infections of a pimple causes large pustular eruptions commonly referred to as a ‘zit’.
Symptoms of Back Acne
- Large pustular pimples due to infection.
- Redness (may be mistaken for hives)
- Painful eruptions
- Scarring due to trauma of the infected pimples by compression and scratching.
Causes of Itchy Back Acne
Acne is often related to hormonal causes resulting in enlarged oil glands of the skin. These glands may produce extra oil which can cause blockage of the pores. Acne on the back, unlike other affected areas, often complicates and becomes infected due to scratching and sleeping on the back. The compression due to lying on the back causes the pustular acne to rupture allowing bacteria to infect the area and causing further scarring. Perspiration and compression of the back pimples may result in itchy skin which causes the sufferer to scratch the affected area. This once again causes further bacterial infection due to the germs under the finger nails.
Homeopathic & Naturopathic Treatment of Itchy Back Acne
- A high strength tea tree cream is effective in reducing the infection of pimples on the back. The tea tree cream should be spread over the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes before bathing.
- A homeopathic anti-itch remedy will reduce itching of the back thereby reducing the chances of the sufferer scratching the affected area.
- Silica D6, a homeopathic tissue salts, should be used daily for 8 weeks to reduce pustular acne.
- Topical applications should not be used on the back to moisturize the skin as this can cause further blockage of the pores thereby aggravating the acne.