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What causes back acne?

Neal B. Schultz, MD
Dermatology
Because the skin of the back is thicker, the duct from the oil gland to the surface is longer, and therefore has more opportunities to get clogged from the normal shedding of the lining cells combined with normal oil. In addition, clothing rubs much more on your back than it does on your face or chest and especially when exercising the combination of rubbing and moisture further contributes to the clogging. And third, even without the other two factors, the oil glands on the back have the same vulnerability and predisposition to develop acne as do the ones on the face and chest.

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