A prescription medication isn't necessary for mild cases of body acne -- but there are a variety of over-the-counter products available for treating your body acne. The first step to preventing body acne is to cleanse your skin daily with products that are noncomedogenic -- meaning they won't clog pores. You can also try a medicated body wash or cleanser that contains acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid [source: WebMD].
In addition to skin cleanser, you can also use a topical over-the-counter product. These products typically contain a number of acne-fighting ingredients, including:
- Alpha-hydroxy acid (dries up blemishes)
- Benzoyl peroxide (unclogs pores)
- Salicylic acid (dries up blemishes)
- Tea tree oil (kills bacteria)
These ingredients can be found in a variety of creams, lotions, gels and liquids. But keep in mind that you need a product that's easy to apply -- you'll often be dealing with hard-to-reach areas like your back [source: WebMD].
Although these products can help treat current body acne, they can't erase the scars left behind by previous acne -- but there are treatments that can reduce the appearance of acne scars. Read on to learn more about these treatments.