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.
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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