Acne is one of the most common medical problems and one of the most common reasons for people to seek medical advice. The doctors
who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you in greater detail include your primary care doctor
or your dermatologist
. Acne is caused by blockage of skin pores. When the pores close off completely, this allows oils, bacteria, and white blood cells to build up and these are called whiteheads. When the pores do not close off completely these are called blackheads. The mainstay of acne treatment involves trying to remove this debris which is clogging the pores. This is the same on the face and on the body, so the treatment regimens are basically the same. Begin with a daily body soap, followed by an exfoliating regimen, such as with microbeads. Most people then follow this up with a comedonolytic (debris remover). The most common comedonolytic is benzoyl peroxide, which is found in several over the counter preparations. As always the diagnosis and management of your particular skin concerns will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor or dermatologist might be advised.