Acne Treatment Products for Body and Scalp

Acne on the back and chest is usually caused by acne vulgaris (the most common type of acne, often seen in teen years) or pityrosporum folliculitis (pustules due to the skin yeast pityrosporum). These two types of acne can lead to pimples and blackheads. The scalp can be involved in these types of acne too, especially pityrosporum folliculitis. Pimples from pityrosporum folliculitis are often both itchy and tender, and can be very bright red.

Pimple-like pustules can also occur on the skin of the buttocks' cheeks from sweat and friction. Pimple-like pustules on the arm and thigh skin are most commonly due to keratosis pilaris, as well.

With all these conditions that lead to acne-like lesions on the scalp and body, treatments that reduce skin germs and prevent the pores (follicles) from becoming blocked will help. The best way to treat these areas is with cleansers that contain the right ingredients.  

  1. I find pyrithione zinc helpful for both scalp and body pustules. Foaming Zinc and Calming Zinc ® contain pyrithione zinc in the highest concentration allowed. 
  2. For the body, arms, and thigh areas I also find glycolic acid beneficial. It can be used alone or with salicylic acid, as in my Foaming Acne Cleansers and Ultimate Acne Treatment Kits.
  3. Benzoyl peroxide is helpful for body, arms, and thigh skin pimples as well. My Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser contains a full 10% concentration of this medicated ingredient. 

Get the most popular product combinations in the kits that I created to help simplify body acne treatment for my patients.

  1. My Back Acne Kit works wonders for back and chest acne.
  2. My Glycolic Acid Body Kit is highly effective in treating keratosis pilaris, including the acne-like lesions it causes on the arms, thighs, and sometimes the buttocks. If pustules continue to be a problem from keratosis pilaris, I alternate the Glytone Cleanser with my Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser. This works well for pustules on the buttocks from sweat and friction, too.
  3. My Ultimate Acne Kits contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. They are perfect for treating acne vulgaris on the face, neck, chest, and back. 

On the scalp, the pustules often are accompanied by dandruff. Using the scalp scrubber with my Foaming Zinc Cleanser helps to lift scale and get the medicated cleanser through the hair and onto the scalp skin.

Create an acne treatment regime using the essential 4 steps of a Complete Skin Care Routine to get the best results:

  1. Cleanse with one or more of the medicated cleansers. If irritation develops, use a non-medicated soap that will not clog the pores. Use an exfoliating cloth or sponge, or the Clarisonic Body Cleansing Brush, to help keep pores open.
  2. Correct with the medicated cleansers. Additional active ingredients to fight pustules can be applied by using my Acne Treatment Pads, Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion, or Glytone Lotion.
  3. Hydrate to prevent skin irritation if necessary. Glytone Lotion is a good alternative here as it will deliver glycolic acid to help prevent pores from becoming plugged.
  4. Protect with sunscreen on exposed skin to help prevent the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can happen when acne lesions tan. This hyperpigmentation is hard to treat so it is best prevented.

Remember some products serve more than one step in your skin care routine. I include them for all the benefits they can provide.

 

 

 

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  1. Dr. Bailey's Back and Body Acne Kit™

    Back and Body Acne Kit™

    Designed with the right ingredients to clear body acne and prevent acne scars, this is the best back and body acne skin care treatments in a kit.

    $46.00
  2. Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit  1376

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $79.00
  3. Dr. Bailey's Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    Pityrosporum Folliculitis Kit

    My Pityrosporum folliculitis is essential if you have that odd type of acne that both itches and hurts, has bright red pustules and tiny flesh-colored bumps studding your skin and that represent clogged pores.

    $117.00
  4. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™  1010

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    $56.00
  5. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™  1011

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from the high concentration of acne medicine in the Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength.

    $65.00
  6. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $91.00
  7. Salux Wash Cloth  1045

    Salux Wash Cloth

    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  8. Scalp Scrubber  1121

    Scalp Scrubber

    A plastic scalp scrubber is a highly effective way to deep clean your scalp and to help control dandruff, 'dry scalp' and pimples on the scalp.
    $5.00
  9. Back Applicator

    Back Applicator

    Not everyone has flexible shoulders and the Back Applicator reaches where the shoulders can't.

    $12.00
  10. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    $46.00
  11. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $21.50
  12. Dr Bailey's Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing bacteria p. acnes. It also unclogs pores to treat blackheads, making it an excellent acne treatment for facial acne, back acne, and other areas of skin with body acne.

    $20.50
  13. Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash  1291

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  14. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $22.00
  15. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $26.00
  16. Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion  1290

    Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots.

    $39.00
  17. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™  1035

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $20.50
  18. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™  1036

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $26.00
  19. Dr, Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    2.5% is the “sweet spot” in benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. It gives you all the acne-treating power needed to fight acne-causing bacteria and blackheads, but it’s gentle on sensitive skin.

    $16.00
  20. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective non prescription acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria p. acnes. The 5% benzoyl peroxide in this acne treatment cream is strong enough to treat tough acne, but won't irritate most sensitive skin.
    $16.00
  21. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    A full 10% benzoyl peroxide is the highest concentration available over the counter and the most effective acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria p. acnes.
    $16.00
  22. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™  1207

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+™

    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

    $44.00
  23. Dr. Bailey Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Enjoy an oil free, non-whitening and “light as air” feel on your skin. Pure mineral zinc-oxide protection that’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

    $47.00
  24. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™  1217

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Tinted Matte Sunscreen, SPF 50™

    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

    $47.00
  25. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.50
  26. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

    Calming Zinc™

    My favorite skin cleanser! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully medicated to solve your skin problems.

  27. Vanicream Cleansing Bar  1156

    Vanicream Cleansing Bar

    Dermatologist-recommended hypoallergenic cleansing bar for extremely sensitive skin.
    $4.00
  28. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™  1155

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.
  29. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    An entirely unscented and dermatologist approved shower gel for even the most highly sensitive skin. Economical and perfect for the entire family.

  30. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    A refreshing head-to-toe skin cleanser for the entire family. At last, an economical shower gel that is entirely natural; remove dirt and oil from everyone’s skin without any chemicals.

  31. Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
  32. Dr. Bailey's Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

    My favorite every day sunscreen! I wear it every day on my face, neck and chest! It gives a great matte finish that's SPF 40 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    $35.00
  33. SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection   1013

    SunSavvy Kit, Daily Wear Protection

    The best dermatologist recommended mineral sunscreen products for everyday protection. This kit includes Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 for the face, ears, and neck, along with Solbar Zinc Sunscreen SPF 38 for the chest, hands, and other areas that need sun protection.

    $41.00
  34. SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection  1015

    SunSavvy Kit, Ultimate Protection

    The Ultimate Sun Protection Kit provides everything you'll need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.This kit includes Sun Guard Laundry Treatment, UV Ray Detecto Ring, Vanicream Lip Protectant, Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen and Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40 and a mesh travel bag for your products.

    $57.50
  35. Sun Guard Clothing Treatment  1020

    Sun Guard Clothing Treatment

    Turn everyday clothing into sun protection garments. Wearing sun protective clothing is essential for comprehensive, complete sun protection of your skin!

    $4.00
  36. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion for Sensitive Skin

    My favorite Self-Tanning product.

    $26.00
  37. Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash  1030

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

    Replace your normal body wash or body cleanser with the Glytone Body Wash for velvet soft, smooth skin on your entire body.

    $33.00
  38. Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion  1031

    Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

    With a free glycolic acid value 17.5% you will exfoliate away rough skin and age spots! My absolute favorite body care product. This is the most effective glycolic acid body moisturizer that I have found.

    $43.00
  39. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #2

    AHA therapy with a light water base for oily skin. Perfect for acne and anti-aging skin care for people with oily or normal skin.I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin.

    $43.00
  40. Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3  1027

    Glytone Exfoliating Lotion #3

    The same light water base for oily skin as in the Glytone Exfoliation Lotion #2 but with a stronger level of AHA therapy. I have patients use it to improve acne and rejuvenate skin. I recommend conditioning the skin by beginning with Lotion #2 and then advancing to #3.

    $47.00

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