Shoulder and Back Acne Scars Best Treatments

What is the best treatment for back acne scars? Can I use creams if I have this problem on back and shoulders?

According to Dr. Whitney Bowe, acne scars or lesions occur when normal tissue in the skin is destroyed (damaged) and replaced with fibrous tissue.

Overview with pictures

How does scarring from acne look like or appear on the back? Look at these photos and pictures to see the symptoms you expect.

Ice pick acne scars - they need fillers
Ice pick acne scars – they need fillers

Scarring will tend to vary with the level of the damage caused. If the damage is due to severe acne, your body can respond by creating too much tissue or too little tissue. If the tissue is too much, there forms a keloid or a hypertrophic scar. On the other hand, when there is too little tissue formation atrophic scarring occurs.

Whether you have mild, moderate to severe breakouts, scarring is likely to result.

Treatment including on shoulders

Treating them aims at reducing the redness, dark red or pinkish appearance and bumpiness. There are various removal methods and treatment for bacne scars. Scarring may respond to treatments in varying degrees depending on its nature and severity and in relation specific treatments.

Treatment options are as follows.

1. Laser removal

The laser can be an effective treatment and removal option that will give assured results. Although it might not be as effective on your back as it will on your face and neck areas, it is still one of the best ways to quickly get rid of scarring due acne.

2. Reduce their appearance

What can you do to reduce acne scars on your back? Reducing them is a good approach and quite a reasonable way. Here is how to go about that:

Use creams 

Creams can be used to reduce the early scars even though creams may have a lesser effect. Most creams used in reducing contain vitamin E. If the scars look bumpy it would be hard to reduce them with creams.

Body washes + scar removal creams

Most body washes with Benzoyl Peroxide are quite effective for mild cases. Dermatologists sometimes may combine these washes and antibacterial creams to effect removal of the lumpiness. Examples of acne body washes include the following. Antibacterial creams will help kill bacteria that cause breakouts.

  • Clarifying Body Spray
  • Clarifying Body Duo

Antibacterial creams to be used together include Doxycycline and Minocycline.

How to get rid of them fast in weeks

How can I treat acne scars on my back fast? Well, some treatments like laser, dermabrasion, or chemical peels can give results as quickly as in a week or 2 weeks.

Dermatological procedures for quick results include surgical excision, ProFractional laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, chemical reconstruction of skin scars or (CROSS technique), Microdermabrasion and the punch technique. Below is a brief description of each of some of these treatments.

1. Ablative or laser resurfacing

Resurfacing involves “altering the color of the scar (e.g. lasers, broadband or intense pulse light) and inducing or reducing collagen in the underlying tissue.” []

2. CROSS or dot peeling technique

“The CROSS technique entails stretching the skin and using a fine wooden toothpick to apply 65 to 100 percent TCA” [].

TCA is usually a high strength of the peeling agent applied to the bottom of atrophic scar or the ice pick scar. Thereafter is a collagenization procedure as the scars take a healing course. This technique allows for collagen production after at least 2 weeks.

CROSS technique causes mild skin burning but most skins can tolerate it.

3. Punch technique

The procedure can take a week or so. Dermatologists recommend this technique provided that you have not had several lasers (multiple treatments). The procedure must be done by a board-certified dermatologist only.

4. Dermal fillers for atrophic scarring

In this treatment, the depressions are filled with Restylane® or cortisone injections.

Best treatments

If you want to prevent any further damage to your skin, you should target the best skin care regimen including the treatment products such as scar removal creams. We have outlined some of the best treatment formulae for scars on the back especially those from acne

Best products

What are the best treatments for this scarring? Before you think of clinical treatments or cure begin with products for acne marks, spots or scars.

The first and number one thing to consider is to stop further skin inflammation, which would deteriorate your complexion. Secondly, scarring is more than hyperpigmentation since there is an actual change in skin texture.

The best regimen include antioxidants, skin brighteners, and lightening products with natural ingredients for collagen production, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging ingredients. Below are some top dermatological approved picks.

  • Aczone Gel
  • Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum
  • Hydropeptide Purifying Cleanser
  • InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum 20%
  • DermaflageCVS
  • Bacitracin Ointment
  • DHC Renewing AHA Cream

However, one major drawback of these products is a limitation to mild scarring as indicated by the scores of the product effectiveness.

WARNING: If you have bad back acne scars avoid using chemicals for self-treatment.

Other best treatments

Among the common approved treatments include ablative lasers, dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, fat transfer or grafting and filler injections for marks left by deep acne scars.

Scarring may persist into adulthood if left untreated. Thus, it is high time to begin reducing the scars or go for treatment offered in clinics.

DIY and Home remedies

Do you have fresh marks on your back and shoulders? You can save a lot if you give a trial and have a good chance to reduce the bacne scars out of these DIYs.

1. Turmeric powder + milk

To begin, turmeric is a pungent spice but an excellent natural exfoliant and agent to cure mild scarring.

How to prepare turmeric + milk cream mask

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and milk cream/plain yogurt.
  • Apply the paste to the affected areas
  • Leave it for at least 15 minutes before washing it off
  • Repeat regularly to cure your mild case.

For individuals with an extra oily skin on their shoulder,  avoid milk cream when you have to do this remedy as an overnight DIY.

2. Sandalwood powder

Sandalwood powder is an ideal remedy for the oily back skin with acne scars. This is for all skin types. Remember to wash it off your skin in the morning.

You may improvise it by mixing it with either rose water or rose oil because of their healing property.

3. Vitamin E Oil

Another helpful remedy to help deal this scarring is applying vitamin E oil. It also reduces the chances of new scars after a mild acne breakout.

4. Egg whites + Aloe Vera mask

If vitamin E oil stock runs out in your kitchen store or its availability decreases, make a mask using the U.

This is one of the easiest DIYs you ever think of. If you need to see quicker healing mix it with some Aloe Vera gel before applying. Always remember to wash it away using warm water. Optionally, you can moisturize afterward.

5. Oatmeal + honey mask

Both oats and honey have natural ingredients with magical healing property. Honey itself can reduce scarring after acne.

  • Mix 1/2 glassful oatmeal and 1tbspoon of raw honey (enough for your shoulder area)
  • With aid of cotton pieces gently apply but do not rub
  • Leave for 10 -15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water
  • Repeat once or twice a day

You should also think of using some rosewater instead of honey.

6. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is beneficial for skin inflammation. Besides, it has an antibacterial property to help fight infections that would increase inflammation. Its natural antioxidant and ketones will help in brightening up your skin.

Use a small piece of cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar on the affected areas. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before washing it off. Apply just once daily.

For you to begin seeing the results, strive to be consistent and never give up on these natural home remedies.


The best way to manage acne and scarring is to adopt preventive measures or stop it from worsening or a breakout in future.

  • Avoid self-treatments with chemical peels or with aggression
  • When you have a breakout stop picking or poking the pimples often
  • Avoid exposing your back to sunlight for long hours. 15 minutes stay in sun is enough for the vital vitamin D
  • Seek medical attention for acne treatments such as hormonal acne treatment especially during pregnancy, period or during puberty.
  • To avoid further side effects and potentially harmful chemicals in creams, talk to your specialist for proper advice

We would love to hear your successful treatment stories via our comments section. Good luck and all the best.

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