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Acne on the back

Acne on the back

Overview

Acne affects the areas of the skin that contain sebaceous glands, including the face, upper chest, and back. Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence. Many new treatment regimens are available for acne, especially for the most severe types.

Review Date 7/25/2017

Updated by: David L. Swanson, MD, Vice Chair of Medical Dermatology, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Mayo Medical School, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.