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Glytone Acne Treatment Spray - Back and Chest

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

Glytone Acne Treatment Spray – Back and Chest ($42, 8oz) is used for acne vulgaris, clogged pores and surface oils. It is ideal for acne-prone skin and those concerned with acne on their back and chest. The active ingredient in Glytone Acne Treatment Spray is salicylic acid, a naturally Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) derived from willow bark. According to the Dermstore Blog, salicylic acid works by neutralizing breakout-causing bacteria while cleansing pores, reducing inflammation and boosting cell turnover rate to heal skin more quickly. Also, salicylic acid is gentle on sensitive and compromised skin types, making it a great choice for anyone seeking a clear and clean complexion.

Salicylic acid has a number of great features that make it a mainstay of many acne-fighting skincare products. For example, salicylic acid is oil-soluble, meaning it can penetrate and clear inside the pore, making it ideal for those with acne-prone skin. And when used regularly, salicylic acid can also prevent new acne and blackheads from forming. Additionally, it can correct dark spots without irritating the skin thanks to its topical anti-inflammatory benefits.

However, the skincare experts at the Dermstore’s blog, warn that salicylic acid has some limitations. For instance, while BHA has been shown to be mildly antibacterial, it has not been shown to kill acne-causing bacteria, so because of this, salicylic acid is often paired with other antibacterial ingredients or benzoyl peroxide for best results. Also, salicylic acid can dry out the skin, so it is advisable to use a moisturizer when using products with salicylic acid. And finally, dermatologists recommend a salicylic acid formulation that contains anywhere from 0.5% up to 2%.

About the Brand

Glytone started in 1943 with two pharmacists making topical dermatological skincare products in collaboration with a dermatologist. The brand was built on the innovation of Free Glycolic Acid and its benefits to the skin. Glytone offers the highest level of free glycolic acid for thorough skin rejuvenation and skin health. Each glycolic acid formulation in the Glytone line exfoliates, renews and hydrates allowing the skin to take on a brighter and more youthful appearance. Glytone’s products are a potent choice for fighting acne breakouts, leading to a clearer skin tone and is perfect for those with concerns ranging from hyperpigmentation to simple maintenance, with the aim of achieving healthier, more beautiful skin.


  • Salicylic Acid removes dead surface skin cells, deeply clears and unclogs pores to prevent acne blemishes, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads

  • Convenient, easy-to-use pump works upside own for optimal use on back and chest

  • Quick-drying formula allows for easy application on-the-go

  • Fragrance-free

  • Non-comedogenic

How to Use

Hold the bottle 3-6 inches away, spray directly onto cleansed, affected areas of the back, shoulders and chest. Let dry prior to putting on clothes. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two to three times daily if needed, or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day. You can watch a video of how to use Glytone Acne Treatment Spray here.


  • Salicylic Acid 2.0%, Benzalkonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Water (Aqua).

My Take

I completed a course of Accutane (marketed as Isotretinoin) over a year ago and it helped to get rid of acne on my face and body. However, more than a year out and I find that I need OTC products to help keep my skin clear. I have used a variety of products to help keep my face clear, for example, retinol products like MZ Skin Retinol Skin Booster have worked really well for me. But I have had a harder time finding products that work for breakouts on my body, until I found the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray. The acne spray is a clear, watery liquid that comes in a clear bottle with a spray top that works remarkably well in all different directions.

Prior to being on Accutane, I used Neutrogena’s Body Clear Acne Treatment Body Wash with Salicylic Acid, which also has 2% Salicylic Acid, to help control acne on my body, but and it did not work for me. Based on that experience, I decided to try the smaller 2 oz bottle of the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray first, but I loved the Acne Treatment Spray so much that even before the small bottle was finished, I bought the bigger 8 oz bottle. This product is a miracle product…seriously, I love it. Within a week of using it once a day after a shower, my back was almost completely clear and after two weeks it has helped keep my back clear and diminished dark spots caused by previous breakouts. Another thing I love about the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray is that their 360-degree spray-on design really works, meaning that the bottle will work no matter which direction you turn the bottle (underside down, sideways, seriously, any direction) to get the entire surface of your back.

I only had two dislikes of this wonderful product. The first is that it really dried out my skin and make my back very itchy, so itchy that I had to start applying lotion to my back, something I rarely do (I usually focus on easily accessible areas like arms, legs stomach etc.). The other dislike is that whenever I spray it, the mist hangs in the air and when I breathe in, I end up inhaling it and end up in a coughing fit. This happened to me every single time I used the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray, until I learnt to hold my breath once I start spraying the affected area and then walk away from the mist once I finished applying the product. It is annoying to accidentally breathe in the mist because it has a very strong chemical smell, and it is worse if it gets into your eyes...but the Glytone Acne Treatment Spray works so well that I don’t care, so I hold my breath and keep on spraying!

I highly, highly recommend this product if you suffer from acne on your back, and I am confident it would work just as well on your chest and shoulders.

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