How To Get Rid of Body Acne (Bacne)

how to get rid of acneHow To Get Rid of Body Acne

As a girl who lives in the southeastern United Sates, I have to endure the hot, humid summers each and every year. As a result, my back and chest have broken out since I was around twelve years old. My face got better over the years, but my back and chest (and to some degree my neck and shoulders) just won’t cooperate.

I can’t seem to make them understand that I am not a teenager anymore, but a grown woman with a husband and kids!

So as soon as the month of March rolled around this year and it stopped being extremely cold, here came the breakouts. I mean, it’s not really even warm yet! We have been in the 60 degree range, sometimes higher or lower. But all my acne woes have already started.

So I was in the shower about a week ago and I got an idea. (That’s where I get all my best ideas – when I’m bathing.) I thought about the bottle of Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash that was sitting in my medicine cabinet and thought if it was just a little stronger, then it might work better.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray

(See an earlier review of Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash here.)

So here is what I did. I took that bottle, which was about half empty, and I added some Retin-A to it. Then I shook it up until it was foamy. It dissolved into the liquid amazingly well. Then I sprayed it everywhere I had break outs. And guess what? It started working!

The problem with Retin-A has always been the application. It’s difficult and time consuming to apply it on a regular basis. I couldn’t get it evenly spread on my back and it was inconvenient to ask my husband to do it every night. (We have two boys and we have to tag team it for our bedtime routine. And having to wait for him to come in and help me every night took too much patience for me. It was just ONE more thing!)

I have been using the spray every night for about 10 days now and almost all my breakouts are gone. I have played around with the amount of Retin-A in the bottle. I increased the amount just last night because I thought I should be completely cleared by now. My chest is being my most stubborn area.

Now, the next thing you are probably wondering is, “What about sun exposure?”

Well, right now I am trying out different sunscreens to see what will be the best for daily use. I have a body lotion that I usually use on my arms that has SFP 15 (Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion With Sunscreen) and another one I use when I’m planning to be outside for any period of time (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock). The description reads that you can use this product on your body, but it is aimed more for facial use. I put it on the other areas I mentioned because I really like it. But if I use a regular sunscreen on my chest and neck, then it causes more breakouts. (My skin gets extremely oily during warm weather and any type of lotion exacerbates it.) Even this product aggravates it to a certain degree.

When I come up with a good choice I will update this post. For now it trial and error.

So that’s it. If anyone tries this, please let me know how it goes for you.

Note: I think a regular spray bottle with Retin-A would probably work just fine for this, but it might not spray upside down like the bottle I have. For this reason I plan to continue using the bottle I have, even when the Neutrogena product is used up.

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Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray Review

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I suffered from acne on my back and chest for as long as I’ve had it on my face – since around age twelve. I have tried different things over the years; everything from store bought products to home remedies.

The only thing that has ever really worked for me (other than oral meds which I don’t like to take) has been tretinoin also known as Retin-A. Now, the biggest problem with that is the application. It is very difficult to get it evenly applied everywhere necessary since I can hardly reach my own back, and it gets tedious having to find time for my husband to apply it every night for me.

So once again, I set out to find something better. I have always like the Neutrogena products, so I decided to give this one a try. I was already using the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub which wasn’t working any wonders for me, but I thought maybe I needed to layer the products for more effectiveness.

Below is a list of the ingredients taken from Amazon:

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (0.5%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denatured, Butylene Glycol, PPG 5, Ceteth 20, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, PEG/PPG 20/6 Dimethicone, Cetyl Lactate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Camellia Olefifera (Green Tea) Extract

So here is my assessment of Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray:

  1. Easy to apply.
  2. Spray comes out evenly from bottle.
  3. Sprays fairly well even when turned upside down.
  4. Dries quickly.
  5. Leaves a sticky residue on your skin.
  6. Didn’t stop my breakouts.

I applied various amounts using trial and error over several weeks, but it just didn’t deliver the results I was looking for. In fact, I could tell very little difference at all, but I felt sticky all the time. I started applying twice each day, rather than just at night. It made little to no difference.

I must note that there are lots of reviews from satisfied customers on Amazon who claim this product works for them. I realize that I have a worse than normal case to deal with and the fact that I live in the hot and humid southeastern United States makes my problem even worse. With that being said, I don’t think I will purchase this product again.

However, if you are considering trying this product I would recommend checking out the reviews on Amazon first.

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Obagi Blue Peel Review

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I recently had my second Obagi Blue Peel and feel that I must share the experience with my readers.

There was a huge difference between the first and second peels I have undergone, so I have mixed feeling about it at this time. Please read this post to the end if you are considering this same peel.

The Obagi Blue Peel is part of a larger offering of Obagi products aimed at improving the look and feel of skin. It helps with wrinkles, acne, and other imperfections.

The Obagi site states the Blue Peel is an:

In-office facial chemical peel procedure that uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special Obagi blue base to monitor and slow penetration.

Use of the Obagi Nu Derm System is recommended before and after your Blue Peel, which takes place in your physician’s office.

First of all, let me say that I had my first Obagi Blue Peel four months ago and it went just fine. I was able to tolerate three applications of the acid and I went home to have a typical recovery. My face became very tight, the skin turned dark brown, then my it started to peel off. Under that yucky peeling skin was fresh skin that looked and felt like that of a newborn baby. I was in heaven!

Fast forward to last week…..and things changed.

I was undergoing a horrific allergy attack, so I called the office and asked if they still wanted to perform the procedure. I was told it would be fine and to come on in, which I did. However, once I was on the table and being prepped she said my skin was overreacting to everything and rashing up, so she couldn’t do it. I was fine with that because I was not tolerating the procedure well at all. (She goes around your face doing all kinds of painful things to get you ready. She cleans your pores, uses an extractor to remove things, uses a laser to zap imperfections, etc.)

I returned to her office the following Monday and had two applications of the peel this time. The burning was extreme (same as the first time), but I made determined to hang in there. The aftercare includes mixing hydrocortisone cream (Obagi version is called Tolereen) and moisturizer (Obagi version is called Action) and applying it to your face 2 to 3 times a day. The first time she told me to do this for 2 or 3 days. The second time she said to only do it for one day following my peel. She said it would give me better results.

I go home after that and my face appears to be following the same routine as before. It got tight, turned brown, and peeled. But this time the skin under it was extremely red. Like a primary red crayon. The first time it has only been a slight pink. So I called the office and left a message on Thursday. I knew they would not be in the office that day, but expected a call back on Friday. But it never came.

By Saturday I truly looked like a science experiment. My skin had areas of bright red and dark brown with lots of peeling skin. My husband as freaking out and thought my face might be ruined. My mother-in-law agreed and they both said I should never get this done again. I gave this some consideration. However, I developed a new problem. I had a bright red rash that started just under my nose and went down my neck. I also ran up my jawline on both sides. It was raised and it itched like crazy. By Sunday it was driving me crazy.

After trying everything on the aftercare sheet, I finally started taking Benedryl (didn’t know what was causing it, so thought it couldn’t hurt) and applying Neosporin. I finally started to see some improvement after this, but who knows if this was just a coincidence.

Monday morning I finally got a call back from the office. I was in the shower, of course, so they left a message telling me to do exactly what my aftercare sheet said, which I had been doing. When I called back and explained my situation, she suggested that I come in to see the aesthetician if it didn’t get better by the end of the day. I was finally starting to look better, so I decided to wait it out.

So that’s what I am doing right now…..waiting it out…..while I am writing this.

I did some research online and found that it is common for your skin to become extremely red as mine did after a TCA peel and that it could last up to 3 months. I also found that Obagi suggests that you use their skin care system, Obagi Nu Derm System, for at least 4 weeks before you undergo an Obagi Blue Peel. My aesthetician never told me that. In fact, she asked what all I used and I told her, so she knew I wasn’t using those products.

She recommended that I stop using my tretinoin cream (Retin-A) a couple days before I came back for my peel since my skin had reacted so badly during my prep, which I forgot to do. But that is not something that you commonly need to do, as tretinoin cream is a part of the Obagi skin care routine, so I don’t think it really made a big difference.

So would I get this peel again? I don’t know just yet. I don’t do well with peels to begin with since I absolutely hate the feeling when it gets tight and I can’t move my facial muscles. We will see……

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PanOxyl Reviews (PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash Or Bar)

PanOxyl Reviews (PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash Or Bar)

PanOxyl Reviews

PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash is an acne treatment I came across while looking for a way to purchase ProActiv body wash without buying the whole system. I have finally outgrown most of my facial acne problems (but it took long enough!). However, I still have issues on my chest and back.

Now, I know I could just use Retin-A, but that gets expensive, messy and it’s difficult to reach and cover your whole back.

When I came across this product I saw some PanOxyl reviews claiming it so strong that they couldn’t use it everyday.

I immediately thought this was the product for me! Having been cursed with extremely oily skin, I discovered long ago that drying my skin out was my best defense.

My Experience

This product comes in a Foaming Wash and a Bar. I chose to try the foaming wash. Now, over the past few years my skin has actually become non-oily during the winter months. I was highly relieved since it looked as though there WAS hope for my skin after all.  But alas, we had a very mild winter this year and my skin never NEVER stopped being oily and NEVER stopped breaking out.

The reason I tell you all this because my skin has excessive qualities.

Because this wash is supposed to really dry your skin, I set aside one applicator to use only with it. The smell is very mild and not unpleasant. My usual routine is to wash first with regular soap, then wash my hair. After applying conditioner I use a large clip to secure my hair on top of my head, then I use my applicator to apply the PanOxyl over my chest, arms, and back. (The product label states that the product should not come into contact with our hair because it can bleach it.)

I then stand in the shower and wait for both products to work. I usually leave both on a little longer than it says, usually about three minutes. Then I rinse the soap off before letting my hair down and rinsing it.

Does It Work?

It doesn’t work for me. Some people swear by it, but for me – it just doesn’t clear up my skin. I have even tried lathering up twice in a row with it, but still no results.

I will not purchase this product again because I can get the same results with regular soap (which is basically NO results).

This was MY experience, and everyone’s skin is different. Your experience could be totally different.

(By the way, you can purchase this product at most Wal-Mart locations.)

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