Post # 1
I just wanted to see if anyone else out there is nervous about getting married and wearing a wedding dress that shows their back full of acne or acne scars. Just to clarify, I’m not getting married soon, nor am I even engaged yet but this is something that I have been thinking about for a while, since I was a teen. I have severe back acne or backne. It was so bad when I was a kid that I started BC at 15 when I was no where near being sexually active. I went on it just because my acne was so bad I needed something to combat it. Since then I have been on about 6 different BC, tried about 7 different dermatological medications, including Accutane. Now I was on the Accutane last year and it seemed to work for about 6 months but as soon as I stopped it, my acne came roaring back. I recently went back to the dermatologist because I’m so embarrassed by it I want to do something. He told me that Accutane might be the only way to go but with the summer coming up I can’t do it since I’m going to the beach a good bit with my family. I’m in a wedding next summer and hope to be getting married myself next fall. I constantly wear dresses or shirts with high backs, no tank tops! My dream dress is strapless and I’m so nervous that people will be looking at my scars and not at me. My scars are pretty bad because I’m a bad picker. Please tell me that I’m not alone ladies…Do any of you have this fear or struggle with this now???
Just to clarify, I have NO acne on my face! When I tell people that I’m on these medications for my acne they’re all like, “your skin looks so clear though!” And my response is, “well you haven’t seen my back!”
Post # 3
Aw, I’m sorry, I can sympathize. I started getting acne on my face when I was 19. I started taking Accutane at 25 and have been off it for about a year. The oil in my skin is starting to come back and I am terrified that the acne will come back with it.
But don’t lose hope, some people need a second round of accutane- you may be one of those people.
On the bright side, at least it isn’t on your face! 🙂
Post # 4
ugh! How terrible!:( Mother nature can be a cruel mistress sometimes. I used to have more of an issue when I was a teenager, but now it’s not bad. I visited the dermatologist and he gave me a medicated scrub and advised me to use one of those natural bristle body brushes LAST in the shower, on my back with the soap. After a while, it did clear up. I know you’ve probably done this. All I can say is that when i am extra sweaty, or rush in the shower and let the shampoo and conditioner run down my back without me washing it off properly, I’m more prone to breakouts. Wishing you luck! It’s not a fun thing.
Post # 5
yes, good for you that its not on your face..I have had mild/mod acne severe at times acne…I have been on antibiotics several tims but never accutane..somethings that helped me
Try to stop eating dairy, white bread and refined sugars ( like pastries)
I use DDF pumice acne scrub once a day on my face and back and then wash with oil of olay in the morning..I also use retin A at night on my back and face..this has pretty much cleared it up..I am also getting on prophylactic antibiotics before the wedding just to minimize the stress breakout
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This is going to sound really random, but have you had any food allergy tests? A friend of mine found out about a year ago that she has a glutten intolerance (like a minor allergy) and when she cut glutten out of her diet, her acne (which was really, really intense) cleared up about 95%. It was CRAZY – within days of being off gluten the difference was noticable.
Maybe you could do airbrush foundation on your back for the weddings?
Post # 8
I get back acne from time to time, and with my wedding in just a few weeks I feel your pain. Something I found helpful was to switch my laundry detergent to a natural detergent (like Seventh Generation) or to go back to my favourite from childhood, Ivory Snow. I also found that wearing a new, clean cotton t-shirt to bed every night helped with flare-ups. For big bad problem spots I usually use a little tea tree oil, or “boo-boo cream” like ozonol. Hope this helps!
Post # 10
Have you tried this? I would recommend the Clinique body spray that I love but it has been discontinued. If not, I would talk to a dermatologist to see what they can do for you. Good luck!
Post # 11
I get it on my chest sometimes (it has been very bad in the past, but not much anymore). I use Neutrogena Body Clear Body wash, it has salicylic acid in it. It has worked pretty well. I also use a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment on it. I’ve never been on Accutane before, but if it worked in the past maybe it would be good to get back on it.
For the actual wedding, if you still have scars then makeup should be able to cover it.
Post # 12
I had a roommate in college who had the same problem and none of the body washes, topical treatements, or even perscription pills helped. You know what did?
A tanning bed. Somehow the UV rays dried up her acne a lot (and it was mostly body acne. She didn’t have much of a problem with her face.) So I’m not saying it’s the healtiest option, but if you were planning on tanning for the wedding anyway, maybe a moderate regimine at the tanning bed a few months beforehand could help? I hope you find a good solution, sweetheart!
Post # 13
Thank you ladies so much for being so sweet about this! It’s a really sore subject with me and I’m really self conscious about it. I have tried all of the body washes, topical treatments, and oral medications you can take and nothing seems to work. I do tan sometimes but because I have olive toned skin my scars just get darker and I also only go to the tanning bed about once a month. I just don’t like getting hot.
@ddw: that’s one thing that I haven’t tried yet! It kinda gives me hope.
@Melissabegins: That brush sounds fun if anything! I might try that just for the hell of it!
@MerryMary: I do try and sleep in a cotton t-shirt everynight, clean ones only! haha! But I haven’t thought about the detergent thing…might be something to look into! Thanks!
@kericita: I’ve gotten airbrush tanned before and it covered it for the most part but I don’t want to worry about that getting on my dress.
@MissAsB: I’m gonna look into that spray because it sounds pretty simple. Just hope it’s still on the market!
Please keep the suggestions coming!
Post # 14
I hardly break out on my face, but I do have mild acne on my back, chest and upper arms. Worse than that though, I also have eczema which makes my skin, especially my back and arms, look red and rashy – even if there are no actual zits, it looks like there are. I hate it. Tanning for some reason seems to help, or at least to make the red less noticable as my skin is not so horribly translucently white.
Post # 15
My back isn’t so bad, but I get random awful whiteheads on my chest, arms and face. I hate it! I just got on birth control pill and I am really hoping that it will help clear it up!
Post # 16
@pec: The Murad one is still available. I have been using it now and it seems to work as well as the Clinique one did.