Skin Care for Back and shoulders....ew

Updated on April 24, 2012
M.B. asks from San Francisco, CA
12 answers

So at the ripe old age of 28 (shudder) it seems my body and skin are going through a second puberty phase and while the skin on my face has cleared up and I have settled in to a good skin care routine there I am not breaking out on my back. I have bacne. I have bacne and I HATE IT.

When I lived in South Florida and was running around in bikini's and tank tops all the time with a nice tan my skin was very clear with a small blemish every now and then. It's gotten horrible now. I mean really embarassing. It's on the back of my shoulds and down my ribs. Some come to a head on their own, some are very painful, cystic under the skin zits.

I change my sheets often and shower immediately after a work out. In the shower I use an acne body wash after I have rinsed my hair confitioner to avoid a product sitting on my skin all day and I am careful not to use styling products over bare skin.

I am definitely going back to a dermatologist but was wondering if you guys had any insight. Do those hair, nails and skin vitamins help? Have you used a body wash that was amazing, maybe a toner? Give me your insight and tell me I'm not the only one.

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So What Happened?

Thank you ladies, I appreciate the feedback.

Unfortunately no one had a magic cure and it looks like I am going to have to try medicine again for it, that is what gave me the best results in conjunction with a good skin care regimine.

I have tried ALL the over the counter body washes formulated for acne, sprays and toners and without being on a medicine I have not had any sort of positive results.

I'm also going to look into microdermabraison and back facials-I have avoided it so far because I'm too embarassed to show my back but obviously if they offer the service I am not the only one who needs it. Gosh, I wish tanning wasn't so bad for you because it has worked better than anything but I am fair skinned and cancer runs in the family so I am dilligent about protecting myself.

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answers from Houston on

My mom started getting 'Bacne' too ;) and she took vitamin B5. It easily cleared it up! Read about that :)

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answers from Houston on

Using witchhazel on a cotton ball will help soothe the skin and redness too.



answers from Omaha on

Beauticontrol and NuSkin both have great skincare lines for acne prone skin. Beauticontrol also has a home-based microderm set that might be helpful. I would also look into getting back facials at a local salon or even a school to keep the cost down. Good luck!


answers from Chicago on

Vegan skin care products have been my savior in this regard. Try Lucky13 at



answers from Miami on

in addition to good advice below:
- wash back before and after conditioner
- use toner on back like on face



answers from Pittsburgh on

Neutrogena makes a body spray for this-forget the name but it is in their acne line. It is amazing and has totally cleared up my back and chest. Easy to use too-I just keep it in my closet where I get dressed and spritz it on in the am and pm. Also use a salicylif acid body wash in the shower. I assure you that you will be all clear in about 2 wks.



answers from Washington DC on

Dermatologist usually recommend a mild soap live Dove unscented - it won't dry out your skin signaling your oil glands to produce more oil.

Use Dove with a CLEAN loufa or rough sponge to clean deep.



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answers from Kansas City on

I use a neutrogena acne body wash.



answers from Charlotte on

Does your dermatologist have an esthnetician in the office? I highly recommend that you have microderm abrasion done in conjunction with the medication the doctor has you use. The skin has a sticky substance on it that holds in the oils and acne. Microderm abrasion clears off that sticky substance and cleans out the blackheads. Your esthetician can use a curette and remove larger blackheads and whiteheads. The painful cystic ones need the doctor's medicine to help, but the meds will work BETTER from having the microderm abrasion done.

You may want to consider accutane if antibiotics don't clear up the deep and painful ones. You aren't a teen so you don't have to worry about the psychological problems that a small percentage of teens have with Accutane.

It's important to handle this as soon as possible so that you don't end up with permanent scars.

Good luck!



answers from San Francisco on

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answers from Columbia on

I used to have this problem too when I was in college, so I understand your pain. Literally. And embarrassment. Mine cleared up with age, but I still get break outs now and again. The thing I've noticed is the biggest help is just simply good nutrition. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and so often, when we eat a lot of processed foods, sugar, grease, etc, break outs happen. (Especially for those of us who are prone to them.) I got a juicer for Christmas this year and OMG has it changed my skin. I juice every day (organic veggies and fruits...lots of carrots and sweet potatoes which help skin to look awesome!) I was very surprised. And I just feel so much better too. It's an expensive habit though...

Also, it could be a hormonal thing. If you're on the pill, maybe change and try something another brand or type. I was on a pill for a while that made my hormones go bonkers and I was right back to pizza face again. I thought it was just me, but I mentioned it to my GYN and she said that there are so many pills out there, if one's not working, just change it and find something that does.

My sister also went on Proactive for a while and swears it cleared her skin right up.

Good luck!

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