Post # 1
ok, maybe not SO gross but here goes…
ive never had much acne or breakouts. and i NEVER wear anything that reveals my back/shoulders. BUT my wedding dress is strapless and my entire back and shoulders are exposed.
it seems like i never break out EXCEPT when im about to wear something “revealing”. i really hate going to dress appointments and have stuff on my back. it just grosses me out and i dont want other people to see that! now, its not really bad or anything but of course id prefer a nice clean back. the last appointment i went to there was an older woman (50s maybe) trying on dresses and her bak was spotless! i was jealous for a min!
any advice on what to do bees?
Post # 3
Apparently pro-active is good for that. Also, I always try and make sure I rinse my back really well after I’ve washed my hair so there’s no conditioner residue on there.
Post # 4
I agree with Miss Sparklespaniel… make sure that your shoulders are really squeaky clean. In the past i’ve used a wash cloth: Just hold it by its corners with both hands (one over your shoulder and the other behind your back) and just rub it back and forth.
The only way that i keep clear skin on my face is to use St. Ives Apricot Scrub… so a coarse scrub like that might help too, but a wash cloth is much easier to use on your shoulders.
Post # 5
I swear by proactive. I’ve been using it for years and now I only have the occasional breakout (normally period related). Before that I had severe acne.
Post # 6
@cllyons: For some reason, all last winter/spring/early summer my back was totally broken out. I’ve had ongoing skin problems on both my face and back, but this was just nuts. I’ve finally cleared it up, after trying several things. Immedietly after I excercise I use one of those medicated wipes. I shower once a day, usually at night, and use Dr. Bronner’s bar soap (its just castille soap).
It took a while for it to calm down, but I really believe that using simple, basic products works best for adult acne.
Post # 7
I get the same problem. I developed a system of using acne pads and acne medication because soap, even acne soap, just wasent cutting it. I clean the entire affected area with an acne pad before bed. Then I apply the acne cream on the entire affected area. Sleep in a white shirt you dont care about because the medication WILL bleach it. In the morning, use anouther acne pad to remove the medicine so it does not bleach your clothes. After about a week of using the cream, I can cut down to just the pads once a day, usually at night. Its a pain in the neck, but it gives quick results.
Post # 8
St Ives apricot scrub is really good. try that and see if it works for you
Post # 9
You can mess around with OTC stuff, or you can go to your doctor and get something that will really work! I went to a dermatologist starting this past summer to prepare for my May 2011 wedding. I am on a low-dose antibiotic that is used for acne, and I have had very few blemishes (whether on face or back) since! I will be on it just through May 2011. Most antibiotics don’t have many side effects, and that way you know that it’s pretty much impossible for you to “break out” on your wedding day, since the antibiotic is killing the bacteria that is causing the pimples.
Post # 10
thanks for the advice ladies!
smw332 while i would love to do that, i have sucky insurance which means i pay most of the cost of my doctor visits. i was in there for i swear no longer than 10 minutes just talking to the doctor and the bill was $150. blah. not to mention another appointment for a sonogram i needed because of internal problems saving for the wedding..10min=$380… as silly as it sounds i cant afford to go to the doctor unless absolutely necessary!
Post # 11
I got my fiance using Aveeno Clear Complextion Cream Clenser, this clenser has little exfoliating beads in it and I give him back a good scrub with it when he’s in the shower. His back looks a million times better than it used to and the scrub is gentle enough to use everyday, whereas the apricot scrub you should really only use once a week.
Post # 12
I went thorugh this problem a few years ago. I did some research online, and came across a post on acne.org. I followed the advice, and it improved my skin (face and back) drastically. It’s a sea salt bath. I didn’t really measure how much sea salt I used, but I just poured a good amount in the bath tub (I’m guessing it was probably about a cup or two max), and filled the bath up with really hot water. Then, I would soak for about thirty minutes. After the soak, I would rinse in the shower. I noticed that my back really started improving after about two weeks of this (I took about 3 or 4 sea salt baths a week). My face was also pretty bad at the time, so I started putting a warm washcloth with sea salt over my face while I was soaking in the bathtub. It was actually pretty relaxing. I definitely noticed a drastic improvement; a few months after that I got on birth control, though, which has pretty much eliminated my acne.
Anyway, it makes sense that sea salt would work–everytime I go to the beach and get in the water, my skin looks awesome after a few days. The sea salt is a little expensive, though; but I read buying it in bulk can save money. Here is the post that I followed on acne.org if you’re interested:
Post # 13
Make sure you rinse very thoroughly after showering, especially lifting your hair and being careful to get all the shampoo out. Rinse with lukewarm or cool water.
Post # 14
I agree with most of the ladies here in saying that a good scrub will help remove the dead skin that gets stuck in your pores. The medicated wipes is also a really good idea, especially if you work out a lot like I do and your skin is sensitive!! Good luck!
Post # 15
Along with a good cleaning, it wouldn’t hurt to start taking Flax Seed Oil. Either the capsule or liquid (which is gross!) I had horrible acne on my back as well and I started taking flax seed oil and a week or so later my back (and face) was spotless. The oil does make you break out when you first start taking it because its getting rid of all the crap thats causing the breakouts. Once the crap is out, your skin will look beautiful!
Post # 16
I also think that lifting your hair off of your back/face as much as possible is key. The hair oils and the shampoo residue and product can rub off onto your skin and make acne worse. So a thorough rinse in the shower and then finding a way to put it up while you sleep is a good start, and if you know you’ve got an event the next week, try up-dos most of that week to prevent any extra transfers of oils.