People prone to acne breakouts can have them not only show up on their faces but also spread to their neck, chest, and back. Acne can affect any part of the body with oil-secreting glands or hair follicles, which includes your back. Back acne is also treated a bit differently, so products that can control your face acne may not work as well for those on your back as the skin thickness is vastly different and penetration of topical medication is affected. If left unchecked, back acne can worsen and can leave multiple, dark acne scars aka PIH (Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) and can affect your confidence and self-esteem.
Moreover, there are also other causes as to why you're having back acne. Some of these include:
Comedones - these are hair follicles that have become clogged with oil, dead skin, and bacteria that can make the skin look raised and cause bumps. They are further classified into types depending on the pores are clogged on the skin surface:
The signs and causes of the facial and back acne are generally the same and yet their treatment is slightly different from each other because our back has larger pores than facial pores. Facial acne is already challenging to treat, which is why it can be difficult to treat back acne as well.
Here in Cambridge Medical Group, our doctor and specialists offer an efficient and proven treatment for your back acne with the NeoGen™ Plasma Skin Regeneration (Neogen PSR).
NeoGen PSR is an FDA-approved skin rejuvenating treatment with a revolutionary nitrogen plasma technology that enhances collagen and elastin production through controlled rapid heating over treated areas to produce a rejuvenated and revitalized appearance. Japanese Dermatologists have found that Plasma exposure affects the bacteria colonising the skin as well as the inflammatory processes involved in acne.
The sound of the name may seem familiar to you and you may mistakenly associate it as a laser skin treatment but it is actually not one. Instead of using laser energy, NeoGen PSR works through the conversion of nitrogen gas to plasma energy, where it steams up the nitrogen gas until it converts to this fourth state of matter. Unlike some other acne treatments which remove the top layer of the skin, NeoGen PSR is a non-ablative treatment. This means that it can regenerate the skin through resurfacing and the stimulation of collagen by emitting the plasma energy in controlled pulses, heating up the skin without affecting any of your other surrounding skin tissues.
One of the most notable things that a patient would ask before undergoing a certain treatment is whether it's safe. In regards to NeoGen PSR, this treatment is entirely safe to use. Unlike other skin resurfacing treatments that have a limit to where you could apply it, NeoGen PSR can even be applied around the eye area which is often thought to be very tricky.
Some of its benefits are as follows:
The Neogen PSR has very minimal downtime. Right after the treatment, you may notice some dryness and flaking on your skin. These happen rarely and are usually a result of the intensity of the treatment. These side effects may also be accompanied by a pinkish or reddish colour on your skin, which will disappear within the next day.
Depending on the treatment area and your skin condition, the total time of the treatment may vary. In many cases, it would usually take only 10-20 minutes. Patients may also be recommended to undergo multiple sessions depending on the severity of the back acne and how the skin responds to the treatment.
With more than 10 years of medical aesthetics experience and a graduate of the world-renowned University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Dr Lee aims to draw out one’s natural beauty through the application of safe, minimally invasive and holistic procedures. He is also a key opinion leader in the realm of aesthetic technology, often travelling the world to seek out the latest and most effective treatments.