(Closed) Getting my back clear in time for my wedding. Please help!!

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do not sleep in bras or tank tops that can rub your skin. Wash your sheets/pillows often, drink lots of water and use a cleanser in the shower.

I would also schedule an appt with a dermatologist that can give you some true medical advice 🙂

Post # 4
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Right before start using tea tree wipes.  They sell them at Body Works at the mall.  This has worked for me and my son.  Hope it helps.

Post # 5
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not sure how bad your acne is, as that may determine how well your body responds to different treatments. Neutrogena has a body wash (it’s orange) that works pretty well, i used to use that after i conditioned my hair so the oils in the conditioner would not be on my back. Have you tried proactiv? That too, works well for a lot of people. If you are unsuccessful with the over the counter products, I would schedule a consultation w/ a dermatologist to see if there is anything more powerful that they could prescribe. 


I wish I could find a product that gets rid of the brown spots!

Good luck!

Post # 6
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

A lot of times a dermatologist can put you on an oral antibiotic that will prevent acne – from the inside out. 

Post # 7
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree with the Neutrogena recommendation. My oldest son had severe acne and nothing seemed to work, except for the Neutrogena; not even the prescription medication. Also, try to keep your hair off of your back, so it doesn’t irritate your skin.

Post # 8
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Neutorgena also makes a body scrub that is a lighter orange than the body wash, and that works really well!


ETA:  It’s about $6 at a drugstore or Wal-Mart/Target

Post # 9
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can relate to your situation. I struggled with adult acne for two years after stopping BC. I tried everything and went to the derm several times. I don’t recommend oral antibiotics so close to your wedding. I had terrible side effects and the acne returns when you stop taking them.

What did work miracles for me is Aqua Glycolic. It contains AHA and your skin needs to get used to it, but it’s my miracle product. I use the cleanser, toner, and lotion. You can order it from drugstore.com. I use it on my chest and back as well as my face. They are totally clear. I also like Netrogena scrubs as well.

You do need to be careful in the sun while using these products. Make sure to use a high SPF.


Post # 10
1325 posts
Bumble bee

I also agree with the orange body wash from Nuetrogena! You may need to go to the dermatologist to get treatment to help the dark spots depending on how lasting they are and your skin color. Also, the body brush on the clarisonic is great, but they are rather expensive.

Post # 11
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have been a long time sufferer of cyctic acne, one of the worst ones. These are the things I’ve learned over the years, from various doctors and dermotologists.


Scrubs are a NO NO. They only irritate the pore and cause the skin to create more sebum. In turn, this will on make acne worse. Scrubs are for perfectly clear skin, not acne skin. This includes scrubbing with a loofah, wash rag or other item.

No picking or popping. Ever. No matter what. Not only does it damage the pore in question it can damage the surrounding pores and spread the bacteria from the popped zit to the clear pores around it and cause more acne.

Don’t over medicate. And don’t cross medicate. Only use one acne medication at a time, unless a doctor tells you different. Many times people will get 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. Over drying the skin will again, cause a rise in sebum and oils and in turn cause even more acne.

Always apply treatment creams at night. They make you skin sensitive to the sun, and you’re certainly not getting sun at night. Also, your body repairs itself at night and for whatever reason creams really do work better if applied at bedtime.

Stick to one wash for at least 3 months before you switch to another brand/stregnth. Switching too much will cause irritation and more of that sebum I spoke of.

If you must apply lotions, get one made for acne skin. Phisoderm makes an awesome lotion. (It’s much cheaper in stores)

I highly suggest this method to anyone I meet with acne.

Phisoderm makes a 2% salicylic acid wash that has a acne fighting kick without being too strong. It also smells really good, IMO. You can find it at Amazon.com, or Walgreens/CVS. Your local chain pharm may sell it too. I buy mine from Drugstore.com because they usually have great prices compared to the above mentioned places. They also make a body wash, but I have found that the facewash actually works just the same.

Wash the affected area 2x daily with the Phisoderm Anti-Blemish wash. Pat dry. 

OXY makes a really awesome 5% Benzoyl Peroxide cream that I have found works wonders, just overnight. Apply this cream after the nighttime washing. Let it dry completely before you cover the area with clothing or lay on/against fabrics. (BP can cause color loss of fabrics, but it also helps lighten acne scars.)

You should see a definite difference in a week or so.

Good luck!

Post # 12
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Pro Active worked wonders for my face and they have body products too.

Post # 13
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Purchase a back scrubber and wash your back every morning and night in the shower. That did wonders for me- with my hand I couldn’t reach/exfoliate, but the scrubber could!



Post # 14
45 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

Natures cure body acne spray is amazing. I always use it after I get out of the shower and it sprays at any angle to get your whole back. I noticed a differance after a few days and it only costs around $10. You can get it at drugstore.com or amazon.com

Post # 15
5117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’ve got a lot of good recommendations so far.

One thing I didn’t notice is whether or not you have long hair, but if you do, try keeping it up/off your back – especially at night. The oils from you hair can get onto your skin and cause issues. I wear a loose braid at night or a sloppy bun on top of my head, and it’s helped keep my hair from tangling and helped to stop the occasional neck/back blemishes I’d get.

Post # 16
1 posts

I have never had bad acne, but a few months ago my face, and back, started breaking out terribly.  My mom is somewhat of a health nut, and believes that every issue is related to what you put into your body, so instead of heading for the dermatologist (which can also get quite expensive when you are saving for a wedding)we went to the health food store.  There I found Herpanacine.  It is amazing!  I have been using it for 2 months and my back is completely clear and my face is just about clear as well.  I recomended it to my sister-in-law as well and have gotten her hooked on it.  I have gotten so many compliments on my skin and can honestly say I owe it all to herpanacine.  Best of all, it helps treat all kinds of skin conditions (rosacea, cold sores, etc.).  I take it with daily with my vitamins (it’s an oral supplement) and continued my usual biore regiment and can’t believe the difference.  If you search it online you can find all about the natural ingredients and how it works.  I order mine from vitacost.com. 

Hope you find this helpful!!  I can’t express how much of a difference I can see since I’ve started using it.  Good Luck!

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