Post # 16
I’ve been through just about everything with acne treatments. I did accutane 3 times, and the most recent course (5 years ago) finally kicked my acne. I still get the occasional breakout on my face, but finally my body acne seems to be gone for good.
I really recommend that you see a derm. You have enough time before your wedding to get things under control. Sometimes the topical stuff just won’t cut it and you need to try some oral medications.
Also, what the pp said about rinsing off conditioner is a great tip. And showering off immediately after sweating, and keeping clean sheets and pillow cases on your bed. You don’t want to expose your skin to any extra irritation that could lead to acne.
Post # 17
Hey Bee, I get occassional breakouts and scarring on my back as well. The products I have uesd on my face have DRAMATICALLY changed my skin for the better. For my face I use the Acure Organics Sensitive Facial Cleanser every morning and night followed by Thayers Witch Hazel as a toner, and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for moisturizer. 3 times a week I use the Acure Organics brightening facial scrub. I dont wear any makeup on my face because I’m very sensitive to it, and while it was hard at first to go barefaced, my skin absolutely became breakout free except around my time of the month. Now I love having no makeup because I’m finally comfortable and confident in my own skin.
Now my back is another issue, I haven’t found the catch all of products. I have tried acne body washes like previous bees mentioned before and had some good success with them actually, but for scarring I haven’t found anything to totally help. I do use teatree oil on trouble spots with some on the spot acne cream from neutrogena. That really seems to zap them! I try to wash clothes and bras once or twice max after wearing them to help cut down on dirt an oils, and we wash sheets weekly. I also REALLY focus on what I’m eating so we don’t eat any dairy and we eat clean overall, so not a lot of processed sugars or food. Tons of veggies and fruit, and good protiens. That has made a huge difference for me as well. Also as weird as it may seem, working out really helps clear up your skin as well. You might notice that it breaks out a little more than usual for the first week or two because you sweat a lot, but then it really does get better.
No one noticed my scarring, and I also wore a strapless dress. I was just SO excited to be married that I didn’t even care about my back, and makeup easily hid any problem areas on my face. Good luck bee!
Post # 18
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
Make an apointment to see a dermatologist they will help you. I also suffered from back acne and I used pro active and it’s all gone
Post # 19
Maca root pills – keeps your hormones balanced
Cut out DAIRY – seriously, cut it out altogther, especially cheese and milk
Post # 20
I sympathize! I actually chose a dress partially based on this worry too. Adding straps of some kind or a balero or lace topper may still be an option if you’re concerned – or a veil! I’ve also recently stopped using a loofah and found that my bacne improved. I think scrubs can actually spread the bacteria around and worsen the problem, so I’m trying to be gentler on the area, using only a gentle bar soap and making sure I’m well moisturized, as counterintuitive as that seems, since dead skin can also be a big culprit of clogging pores. Good luck!
Post # 21
I have the same problem, bee, and I have tried everything PP have suggested. I don’t eat dairy at all. I’ve tried using the acne washes, the Murad spray, keeping my shampoo’d and condition’ed hair off my back, etc. NONE of it has helped.
The one and only thing I’ve EVER found to actually help me in a big way is Minocycline.
I’m 2.5 months out and am actually about to make an appointment to go in and get on another round of it.
You generally only take it for a few months at a time because it can have nasty side effects when used long term, but it essentially gets in and kills all the ance bacteria under the skin while you take it, then you have another year or 2 of clear skin after you stop because the bacteria was all killed off.
It’s been kind of miraculous for me both times I’ve taken it in the past. After two rounds separated by a few years, my long-term cystic acne cleared up about 90%. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been on it and I’ve just recently started seeing an uptick in blemishes again, hence the derm appoitnment to get more. The derm appointment is $100, and the prescription itself is cheap – like $20 for a month’s supply.
Post # 22
For me, tanning always does the trick. I haven’t been tanning since last summer, so I have noticed an increase in acne on my back and chest. I received the Proactiv body wash bar as a free item once and it seemed to work well. I’m about to order another one since I ran out and don’t plan on tanning anytime soon.
Post # 23
Try lemon juice for a drying effect without the negative effects of tanning!
Post # 24
Sometimes bacne is an indication of too much testosterone. I was prescribed spironolactone by a dermatologist and it was a miracle for acne on face/body.
Post # 25
- Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate
Haven’t scrolled through the comments so I dont know if someone already mentioned this, but DEFINITELY go to a dermatologist! They can prescribe you a cream that will help almost 100%. I use BenzE Foam, basically benzoyl peroxide, it’s the only thing that has ever worked. When I use it regularly, 2-3 times/week I have zero breakouts on my back. It’s works quickly too, adter about 2 applications. My insurance covers 50% of the bottle, but it’s still a little pricey. Worth it for me though, it’s $35, but I think it’s cheaper through other avenues. Anyway, highly recommend a quick visit to a dermatologist and inquire about this stuff. it’s awesome!
ETA: acne for some reason only affects my upper middle back. Not the face, not the lower back. I assume it’s hormonal. It started only maybe 3-4 years ago, grrrrrrrrrr
Post # 26
- Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate
Question- you say you haven’t had an issue since. So do you still use that wash consistenly and are not having issues, or has not letting the hair conditioner touch your back made the difference? Or both? Thanks!
Post # 27
I don’t use that wash regularly anymore, I just try to keep the conditioner off my back. I still occasionally have things pop up, but certainly not the painful breakouts that I was having before.
Post # 28
I feel like some good exfoliation can help.
Salicylic acid, lactic acid and retinoids have been helpful to me. You should definitely see a dermatologist. If your acne is causing dark marks and hyper pigmentation look for something with licorice or papaya enzymes, which naturally help lighten spots.
Post # 29
i used to have cystic acne on my back, my back was my problem area but now i have not one active pimple on it, (dark spots but they’re faded) what i use is more on the pricey side but i swear by it –
every single night before going to bed i always make sure to wash my body even if i didn’t sweat i still wash my body before bed because of the acne prob
i use dr bronner’s peppermint soap to wash my back with exfoliating gloves just to scrub all the dead skin off then wash it off after i scrubbed all the problem areas
then i use Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub ( works best if you dry your back then apply it and scrub with your hands)
wash that off then dry my body and spray it with mused clarifying body spray
pro tip* always wash your body last while in the shower and once you’re done washing your hair tie it in a bun before washing your body so nothing touches your body
i hope you try it out!
Post # 30
What works for me: keeping things simple and exfoliating. Dry skin brushing works wonders and it makes your skin so soft. It’s worked better for my body acne than any other exfoliation method I’ve tried over the years. I also now only use soap (and only dr. bronner’s baby mild or something equally gentle) on my face/underarms/groin unless specifically dirty.