Post # 1
So, I have struggled with acne for a very long time. I see a dermatologist regularly and she has me on a series of treatment for my face and skin. I currently take Acticlate (tetracycline antibiotic), Acanya in the morning, and a tazorac cream in the evening as well as a foam (I forgot the name) for my back. My face is doing ok, I have breakouts but they arent as severe and I recently purchased a Clearsonic and it seems to help as well. But my back is still terrible. I scar terribly so I have dark terrible acne scarring all on my back. I know I have not been as consistent with the foam that was perscribed due to it being hard to reach in the back and my Fiance isnt always around to help but I try best I can. My skin and breakouts looks terrible and it is kind of depressing. I do not have as much breakouts as before but the scars are very very obvious.
I have a beautiful dress with a lower back (not too low) and I am afraid of the scarring standing out in pictures and to everyone. I was considering having a veil and wearing my hair down but it won’t cover it 100%. I may consider a bolero or something for the dress since I will be in a Catholic Church, but I do not want anything on during the reception. I am looking at options and thought about maybe makeup? They have special body makeup for cover-up.
What do you plan to do if you have this situation or do you know anyone who had to deal with it? Any experience with body makeup or specific brands that may cover it. I am worried about getting the makeup on the dress as well. For my high school prom the person who did my makeup put foundation on my back but it got onto the dress as well (but I know nothing was put on it to prevent it from smearing). Any thoughts or ideas is greatly appreciated! It is a big stressor right now. I have 2 months (58 days) until the wedding. My dermatologist talked about getting me on Accutane because the results overall of my skin and acne isn’t where she expected it to be but I would rather not go that route and just keep using what I have for now.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
my makeup artist is my sister in law. She struggles with back acne like I do so i know if I asked her for so.e help covering it I am sure she would. But she hasnt tried any of the body makeup we have seen out there. That is awesome yours cleared up!! Mine goes through terrible flairups where I get those big painful ones so hopefully it clears up a bit. I need to start drinking more water again!
the spray town did not clog your pores? I didnt even think of that. I wonder if it would work for me. I just would like for the scarring to not be so obvious. Never had a spray tan before tthoug. But I def wanted to tan before the wedding.
Accutane comes with so nany serious side effects so thats why I was not as into it, along with the price and also the fact that generally my skin will get worse before it gets better. I would run the risk of my face not being where I would feel comfortable with in time for the wedding. That is great it worked for your friend though! If you read the side effects it sounds iintens!
spray acne foam? I need that. This foam is a pain to put on alone. I am willing to try anything I can. The pills and foams and creams I am using are expensive as well so I know the medications are not cheap but if it works it is worth a try. Where did you buy it?
Post # 7
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
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
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
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
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.