Post # 1
Running is my preferred method of stress relief.. but.. my sports bra tends to give me bacne (back acne) even if I shower right after I run. Any thoughts on the best body scrub/body wash to get rid of it? Any tips at all?
Same with my face.. I like to run but I break out. What are good face wshes/scrubs to use? Is there a certain routine I should be following? I don’t mind spending a decent amount just to try to resolve this! I don’t actually have acne so I don’t think it’s bad enough for a prescription, just annoying. Mostly, my face seems like it is either shiny, or really dry. I don’t get the big red zits, they are usually under the skin, or my pores just look like they are open. (gross, I know, i warned you!)
i grew up kind of a tom boy so I feel completely illiterate when it comes to make up and beauty.
Post # 3
So, I had developed a disgusting case of bacne due to a bc I was using, and I’ve found that the Neutrogena Body Clear Body spray worked really well to get rid of it, along with their bodywash for the shower.
Another bee posted a thread about Dickinson’s natural astringent and I’ve been using that on my face for a couple days and it’s been awesome so far! Hopefully that will help, or you will find something that does!
Post # 4
There are a few drug store brand body acne washes…Neutrogena makes a pink grapefruit one that doesn’t smell like medicine that I’ve used before. I think Clean and Clear makes one too.
I like my Clarisonic with the body brush head and their oily skin cleanser. It helps keep my back and chest(eww..gross I know) breakouts at bay. I used the Olay version of the Clarisonic for a while and it works half~way decently but doesn’t come with a body brush at least that I could find.
Make sure you wash your back last…after you’ve rinsed out your shampoo and conditioner. It will get all that build up off your skin…moisture may be good for the hair but not so much for the backne. My derm told me that and I noticed a huge difference since I started doing that.
Post # 5
Fiance runs a lot and this happens to him as well (on his back). He started using the ocean salt scrub by LUSH it’s working really great so far!
Post # 6
i used to have really bad acne on my back too. right now i have prescription for clindamycin and panoxyl, that have been working really well for the last couple of years. shampoo and other hair products run down your body and can make you break out also, so after i shower i clean my back with noxema cleansing pads to remove any residue left behind.
Post # 7
I loved the Clinique body spray but they discontinued it. I’ve used the Murad one and it works alright, not as good as Clinique though. I also use the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit body wash just on my back during the summer.
Post # 8
I work in cosmetics and we run into this issue often.
If you have Neostrata where you live, they have a really good 10% glycolic acid body lotion, it’s okay even to use on sensitive skin. La Roche Posay has a product called derm AHA which is a liquid exfoliator, it work like liquid gold, seriously. you need about to drops since it has dispersing agents in it to make it spread a little farther, it’s a glycolic product as well, so it works wonders on all skin types and definitely will not dry it out, you can use both of these upt to 2 times daily. Any body scrub that is man made “not salt, sugar, or apricot kernels” would work as well, as any cosmetician at your local drugstore and don’t be afraid to do some research of your own. Scrubs that contain abrasive agents actually cause microscopic cuts in the skin and allow bacteria in which in turn causes acne.
Make sure you’re not using a natural loofah sponge to wash, since it holds bacteria. Try wearing a moisture wicking sports bra, it might help pull the sweat away from the body, and never wear it more than once, since the sweat and bacteria can be re-deposited into the skin.
Post # 9
I’ve been struggling for a long time with (sports-caused) acne. I found this bar soap at Walmart right by all the neutrogena/clearasil stuff that was like 10% hydrogen peroxide (I for some reason can’t for the life of me think of the name right now – it was something like Oxy-10). You’re supposed to rub it on your skin for 2 minutes while you’re showering and it kills everything (it also bleached my wash cloths and one of my towels, so use your not awesome towels if you try it). It stopped the vicious circle of backne/thigh acne/underarm acne I was plagued by – sorta shock therapy.After a couple months of using the soap I was able to step down to Neutrogena body wash and have had good experiences with that since then. I know a lot of people really like Cetaphil as well and you can use that on your face and body.
My face was breaking out constantly for a couple years (I think it was primarily the water where I was living) but I was able to get control of it by washing my face each morning (after exercising) with an exfoilating scrub and following with a good moisturizer and then using the highest strength cleansing pads (I think the ones by Clearasil) at night before bed (after taking off my makeup). The pads really dry your face out when you first start using them, but I did see considerable differences between when I used them and when I forgot. After a year or two my face stopped freaking out so much and I’ve been able to back off the wipes to the really low strength version.
Good luck! Hope this helps.
Post # 10
Wow! I can’t believe how many responses I’ve recieved already! you guys are great! I can’t wait to start trying this!
@annabell – I saw the post about the stringent – do you use it without washing your face? If so, do you work out and does it do enough? I love the neutrogena body wash but it seems after I use it for a month or so, it quits working, so I quit using it.. and then I eventually go back to it. I didn’t realize they made a spray!
@PaulBabyBallerina I have definitely learned that about washing my back after my conditioner. I sometimes was my back with facial cleanser but it doesn’t seem to do the trick. Where do you find Clarisonic?
@mrscheeto I LOVE LUSH bath bombs and scented soap. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that!
@lilchiana how are your prescriptions and noxema pads working out? Have you noticed a big difference?
@mbaylee wow! That’s really informative. I don’t believe we have either of those stores near me but I’m going to try to find them online!
@liselanna did you use a moisturizer with them? If I use something really strong my face gets really dry and starts to peel (so gross) Also, I think sometimes when I really dry out my face it makes it break out, also. Damned if I do, Damned if I don’t! 🙂
I usually wash my face morning/night but it dries it out a lot. If I don’t do that, it gets really oily, though. :/
Post # 11
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Cetaphil works wonders for me! It’s not harsh or strong smelling. It just neutalizes everything and gets rid of all the oil without drying.
Post # 12
I had a terrible problem with bacne. I started using the neutrogena salicylic acid pads. You just wipe them over the bad spots. I usually did it after a showered but I would also do it ranomly during the day and it didn’t seem to make a difference either way. Within two weeks, it cleared up!
Post # 13
@PriceIsRight: yes, i can see a huge difference! with the noxema pads you can instantly see what it’s removed from your skin. and the clindamycin (which is an antibiotic) helps prevent pimples and the panoxyl helps fade any dark spots they leave behind. sometimes i get lazy with using everything, and i’ll start to break out a bit, so i quickly get back into the routine. but yeah, i’m really pleased with the results. i use the meds on my back & my face and i don’t break out nearly as much or as badly as i did before.
Post # 14
@PriceIsRight: I bought my Clarisonic at Nordstrom but Sephora carries them also. You can also order directly from their website http://www.clarisonic.com Their site has all the different heads and cleansers they carry. You may be able to find it on Amazon too. I have the Plus version but I’ve heard good things about the Mia too and it’s a little less expensive.