back pimples??

on Jun 11, 2008 @ 08:47 pm

dose anyone noe how to get rid of back pimples??????

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Ah, the joys of bacne... on Jun 11, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

I don't have this problem, but my friend suggested Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, which is a medicated shower gel especially for body acne. I believe it's also available in a scrub. It's probably also a good idea to exfoliate using a long-handled bath brush or pouf. Also, if you use a body lotion regularly, choose one that's unscented and preferably made from natural ingredients. Aside from any hormonal issues you may have (and don't we all have that from time to time!), you may be reacting to your current body wash and/or lotion.

Neutrogena on Jun 11, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

Yes! Listen to mamaluv. When I first started my undergraduate education I broke out in bacne. I don't know if it was the water or perhaps the new environment (super humid Miami, FL). But in any event, I used the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash and I never looked back (har, back). I've used both the gel and scrub variety. Both are equally effective (both have the same active ingredient, salicylic acid). This bacne outbreak was ~12 years ago -- Neutrogena fixed and its been gone every since.

Ohhh, oohhh! on Aug 09, 2008 @ 12:07 am

Be careful with this one! I used to have mild to moderate bacne and it stressed me out a lot. I figured because I had pimples I must have been acne-prone. Pretty solid logic, right?

Well after I used the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash AND Scrub, neither yielding any results at all, I started panicking. I used a benzoyl peroxide treatment (the same as is used in proactiv solution) and nothing cut it.

And then I had an epiphany; perhaps I was doing this TO my skin by using harsh acids!

The three things I attributed to my bacne completely disappearing:

1) I started taking birth control pills. Tricyclen is often prescribed specifically to treat acne so I was killing two birds with one stone. "Never underestimate the power of balanced hormones", learnt I.

2) I stopped washing my back (and face, actually) with treatments. Now I don't use any harsh agents; no astringents, no toners, the only cleanser I use is Dove, which I use sparingly and rinse well.

3) Back acne is usually really different from facial acne. Are the pimples large? Spot treatment may work for you, but it didn't for me. I used Polysporin on the pimples instead of a zit cream while my gentle-wash regimen rather rapidly produced beautiful results. If your pimples are small, try NeoStrata 10% Glycolic Acid body lotion. It's a fantastic product, it exfoliates on a cellular level (not like a loofah!) and helps slough away everything nasty that goes into a back pimple (bimple?). This product is also effective at getting rid of chicken skin, that common condition that happens mostly on the back of the arms where small red bumps appear around the follicles and the skin feels rough and dry. (Moisturizer won't help you if you have this, only glycolic acid!)

Also, and this is really fun, the NeoStrata lotion is very effective at treating and preventing ingrowns, even on the bikini line.

On top of this, get just a little sun on your back. Try not to burn, but a regular 20 minute sit in the sun every now and then in the summer helps to dry out bacne.

Hope this helps!

great ideas! on Aug 11, 2008 @ 10:39 am

These are some fabulous tips, woodenpeople! Thanks for sharing!

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