Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.
- Itching (also known as pruritis)
- Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
- Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
- Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)