Truncal acne, which refers to acne that occurs on the trunk of the body (such as the chest and back), may require a slightly different treatment approach than facial acne. This is because the skin on the trunk is thicker and more oily than the skin on the face, and it may be more resistant to topical treatments.
Oral medications, such as isotretinoin, may be more effective for truncal acne, as they work to decrease the amount of oil produced by the skin and can help to unblock and shrink the pores. In addition, topical medications such as benzoyl peroxide and retinoids may be used in combination with oral medications to help reduce inflammation and prevent new acne from forming.
It's also important to keep the skin on the trunk clean and exfoliated, as dead skin cells can contribute to clogged pores and new breakouts. Loose, breathable clothing can be helpful in preventing acne on the trunk, as well as avoiding harsh soaps and scrubs.
A dermatologist can help to determine the best treatment plan for truncal acne, which may also include a combination of topical and oral treatments as well as lifestyle changes to improve the condition.
Last updated : 1/27/2023