(Closed) Wedding Dress and Back Acne- Ugh

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I had the same concern about my back for my wedding day.  I did not have bad acne but I would get a handful of zits on my back all of the time.  I was lucky though, and by just drinking a ton of water, trying not to stress, and keeping my back clean (I would use makeup remover wipes at night on my back and then I would astringent to spot treat) I didn’t have any worries the day of.  But I did talk to my makeup artist about acne on my back and she said that if I did have any concerns she could cover them.

So I would talk to your makeup artist about your concerns.  See if she can suggest any products to use that would cover any areas.  I would also try those products out before your wedding, just in case you have any reaction to them.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I wore my hair down and a veil. (Not because of acne, just because I wanted to lol) But my hair is only shoulder length so it didn’t cover much as far as the reception goes. I had originally planned to use that tattoo coverup on my back, but what helped the most was a spray tan! It kind of blended all the impurities so you really couldn’t even see them, it was awesome. I didn’t even end up using the coverup!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

In highschool my bestfriend suffered from cystic acne on both her face and back.  She went on Accutane and it was the only thing that helped.  I remember for prom her solution was having a sheer panel built into the back of her dress.  I understand that this is not something you want to do but maybe giving Accutane a try is worth it?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Murad has a body acne spray, and it worked miracles for me! 

It’s a foam and you can spary it upside down and get your whole back on your own. It also helps with fading scaring. It’s about 45$ but for me was totally worth it. 

You can also have your makeup artist apply tattoo makeup helpiung with the coverup 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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BoriNena89:  I feel ya! I talked with my derm about my concerns (also was on antibiotics and topical creams, helped some but not 100%). Starting 3-4 months before the wedding, I used blue light therapy 2x/wk in her office and I also got chemical peels 1x per month to help with the hyperpigmentation. Pricey but worth it for me.

Also, my insurance covered cortisone injections for a copay ($25) so every 2 weeks I would go in and have them inject all my active cysts. It made them go away quickly and drastically reduced the scarring.

Because I was self conscious, I wore a long veil and didn’t take it off until the middle of the reception. Even though I’m pretty sure my skin looked relatively clear/decent, it gave me the peace of mind to feel comfortable (and at my prettiest) in front of all those people. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I really hate to recommend this, but I was so deseparate right before an important day that I resorted to the tanning bed. I went twice and it was the only thing that masked the acne/scars. I felt so much more confident. 

I feel for you!! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have horrible back acne right now. It only started a year ago and I have no idea where it comes from. Anyways it has gotten better this last month. I bought the products from acne.org and they seem to be helping! Also, I know that some people are totally against this but tanning really helps me. Also, some salons now have redlight which is supposed to help. Also, I stopped picking at them cuz it only made it worse. I am desperate becuase my back looks so bad so I am glad I have already seen a little improvement.

 

also don’t spray tan! It makes me break out more and the scars and acne are always darker then the rest of your body. It makes it a lot worse

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Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Hey! So sorry to hear you’re having acne issues–I break out mostly on my face but I know what it’s like to be really self conscious/cover up your body. I would recommend acne.org like a previous poster mentioned. They have something called a “body buddy” that is supposed to help with reaching areas of your back when you’re alone–maybe something work checking out! Personally I find that sulfur is reaaally great for my pimples and knocks them out most of the time. Check out sulfur masks–the skin on our backs is pretty tough so you could leave it on for quite awhile even though they only recommend 15 mins or so (I leave sulfur masks on all night hahaha). The other thing I would suggest is something called Joesoeph soap–its about $14 online and really helps my acne. Finally, if none of those things works/you decide to try to cover it instead, I used to have horrible cystic acne on my face and I used a few things: 1) Dermablend–covers literally anything. 2) Kat Von D tattoo makeup–I can’t remember the exact name but look it up. It is crazy!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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BoriNena89:  my best friend has the cystic acne and for her back she would lay in a tanning bed to help clear it up or make it not so noticable. She would only do it for like a we and it would clear it up she was also taking the antibiotics bc I guess the reason for the acne was in her blood stream? Or something like that..

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Haven’t read all the replies so not sure if it’s already been said but conditioner can be one of the main causes of back acne as it’s moisturising and sticks to the skin.

I noticed a huge difference by using a shower gel containing tea tree oil to scrub my back after rinsing my hair.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Haven’t read all the comments but wanted to drop in and let you know that, leading up to my wedding, I used an acne face wash on my back by using one of those shower-scrunchies-on-a-stick, like this: http://www.amazon.com/Bestrice-Plastic-Handle-Nylon-Shower/dp/B00GNXYIBK

Using that device ensured that I got full coverage of the acne wash on my back, and it exfoliated my back daily as a bonus! My back ended up looking quite good. Good luck, bee!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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BoriNena89:  Aww, I’m so sorry you’re stressing about this…acne can be so terrible. 🙁

If it were me, I would definitely talk to your makeup artist and see if she’d be willing to cover scars for you if they haven’t quite cleared up from your treatment methods! If she has MAC Face & Body, she could use that all over your skin, and their Pro Longwear concealer covers and wears really well, and dries down completely…that could be used on the darkest spots.

Do whatever is going to make you feel most beautiful and confident…honestly, I’m sure people are going to be so taken with how gorgeous you look that they won’t even notice even if you went with your back just as it is! But your self-confidence is worth any amount of time and trouble, regardless of what everyone else sees.

Best of luck! I really hope everything works out perfectly and your back clears up completely for your wedding day!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have struggled with this for a long time, and this is what works for me:

1. This body wash in the shower, scrubbing with this sponge.

2. This spray in the mornings. I let it dry and then put on my clothes.

3. This spray before bed. It’s more effective than the other spray, but dries rather sticky, so I only wear it with pajamas.

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