Post # 1
I’m one of those people who has never had big issues with breakouts on my face (KNOCK ON WOOD…) I will get the occasional breakout but nothing awful. My back was an issue in high school. Well, my back and arms are breaking out again now – not in a major gross way but in a red and bumpy way, it’s definitely noticable. What do I do? My dress is strapless – my back will be visible. Open to any and all suggestions.
Post # 2
Salicylic acid should help a lot. Try the Murad Clarifying Body Spray at Sephora or a body wash with salicylic acid. If it worsens or the spray/body wash doesn’t help, go to your dermatologist. They can give you prescription strength options or antibiotics. Good luck!
Post # 3
SpringBridge216: i’ll check that spray out – thanks!
Post # 4
As ridiculous as it is, calm down – stress won’t help the situation.
<br />Are you working out (Or otherwise sweating a lot)? If so, take off workout clothes IMMEDIATELY after working out and shower. Like at the gym shower – don’t even drive home. Nothing makes me break out more than wearing workout clothes longer than necessary.
Definitely try some salicylic acid, or even a gental glycolic acid peel, but start slowly – you don’t want your skin to freak out any more.
Post # 5
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MsGinkgo: I’m a month out with a similar problem, though my back has always been a problem area. I’m washing my bras more often (the sweaty straps rubbing into my back causes many of my spots) and I’m washing my shoulders twice a say with natural soap. Fingers crossed!!
Post # 6
StL.Ashley: I wish I was working out – I’m not in nearly the shape I wanted to be (But that’s totally my own fault)
MrsYoshida: good point – this is probably part of my problem too. I’ll just have to pay more attention to how often I’m wearing each one and wash them a lot I guess!
Post # 7
depending on how bad it is, you could talk to your doctor about it. I had backne and saw my doctor, he prescribed a low dose oral anitbiotic that cleared it up in a couple weeks.
Post # 8
I understand your pain, I have terrible back acne and scaring. I actually went to a med spa and got a glycolic peel my back, it helped to calm it down a little. The make up artist also applied some make up to cover it the day of. While it helped, I was worried about it rubbing off during the day though.
Right now, I’m alternating daily between a 10% benzoyl peroxide wash and using a sulfur soap. Then I apply a salicylic acid spray after my shower. Don’t forget to wash bed sheets, pillow cases, and your pajamas often.
Post # 9
Neutrogena also offers an acne body wash with salicylic acid in it too. Smells like grapefruit.
Post # 10
I would go 1) zinc supplement 2) benzoyl peroxide – the cream is much better than the wash, but unfortunately it is more likely to stain clothes, and 3) I’m going to get in trouble for this one – a little tanning is the best thing I’ve come across for immediate zit shrinking.
Post # 11
If it’s just little red bumps, try exfoliating As it could be clogged/ingrown hair follicles.
If it’s actual zits, try a facial cleanser meant for oily skin.
Don’t wear your hair down if it’s long because the oil and/or styling products can cause breakouts.
Drink lots of water, like 3+ litres per day and cut out sugar and refined carbs. I always find that sweets/bread/pasta makes me breakout like crazy.
Post # 13
MsGinkgo: Get acne body cleanser for showering….then APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!! It’s amazing, and treats breakouts (along with a million other ailments) super quick, and is super cheap. If your skin is sensitive, dilute it with water (1:1 ratio), or just use as is, with a cottom pad or something similar as a toner. Vinegar balances pH so your skin won’t get super dry as a result like a lot of acne creams. If you want to exfoliate, mix brown sugar with vinegar and a little lemon juice, and scrub scrub scrub… works on face too 🙂 Your skin will clear up and will be GLOWING. If you have actual pimples, try a dab of over the counter acne cream with salacic acid or white paste toothpaste as a spot treatment after the shower too. http://www.skinacea.com/acne/acne-treatment-acv.html