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Q. I get popping acne on my back and belly part. Is this normal?

Answered by
Dr. V Srikanth Reddy
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 30, 2020

Hello doctor,

I would just like to ask a solution or possible cause of the acne in my body on both the back and the belly part. It started last week when I noticed that a lot of acne is popping out my back and just three days ago a lot of it is showing on my belly part too. Just five days ago, the side of my lips showed a little red bump that hurts a lot but it healed really quickly (exactly 3 days) since I put some Vicks vapor rub to it. I have decided to use Cetaphil pro AD derma moisturizer on my body and also a Cetaphil body wash today. Since yesterday my skin in my hands is starting to tighten and painful. I am already 22 years old and been working as an online teacher for 8-10 hours a day for almost eight months. Is this acne normal or a symptom of something more?

I am also diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last year and taking Methimazole for almost three months. I stop the medication because my weight gained a lot unlike before. I think I am fine but recently, just a week ago I can feel my throat tightens up so I will take again the Methimazole today. Kindly reply.

Dr. V Srikanth Reddy

Dermatology Venereology


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From the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is looking like acneiform eruptions.

Is it a sudden onset? Any itching? Are you using any protein powders? Do you have regular periods?

Investigations to be done:

Ultrasound abdomen to rule out PCOD (polycystic ovary syndrome). Serum prolactin levels. Serum testosterone, LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels.

Regarding follow up:

Follow with a more clearer picture of face if you have any pimples. And also with reports of investigations.

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Thank you doctor,

It is itching just like ordinary acne and it hurts when touched accidentally. And my right abdomen also hurts sometimes too. It is just like a needle prick, but it disappears after a minute.

Dr. V Srikanth Reddy

Dermatology Venereology


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Then you can use Brevoxyl creamy wash (composition is benzoyl peroxide) 4%. Apply on back and chest during the shower for one month. Also, follow up once with investigation reports so that one can rule out PCOD.

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