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Lisa attacks bacne

I've discovered that when you are in your thirties, your skin can really be a mixed bag. While the skin on my face has never been better, the skin on my back is an entirely different story. I have struggled with acne on my back (the dreaded "bacne") since I was a teenager, but for some reason, it has gotten especially bad now. Treating bacne, or any body breakouts, is a tricky proposition; you have to find a balance between moisture and treatment, or else flare-ups can worsen and become even more red and irritated. I decided to try some different over the counter remedies to see if they would help - before the warm weather prompts more revealing clothing, I want my skin to look clear and smooth!

Benefit Bionic Blast Body Scrub ($20)
This foaming body wash has salicylic acid, as well as exfoliating beads to scrub pores and fight bacteria. I liked the fact that these were "soft" exfoliating beads as opposed to a crushed seed/nut scrub, which can be a little harsh on blemished skin. I use it with a puff in the shower about 3 times a week, and have definitely noticed it calms my skin when it is at its worst. The tube design also makes it really portable; pop it in gym bag to shower after you work out, since sweat is especially irritating to body acne.

Clean and Clear Daily Pore Cleansing Cloths ($6)
These disposable cleansing cloths have a slightly nubby texture on one side, and are soft on the other. Just add water, and they work up a nice little lather; use the nubby side to exfoliate, rinse the cloth out, and then use the soft side to remove lather and rinse skin. The salicylic acid content is pretty low, so they aren't terribly drying. I really like them, but I have a very hard time justifying regularly using a product that generates so much waste. However, if you travel, these are perfect. Just toss a few in a zip-lock bag - they take up practically no space in an already-cramped toiletry case.

DDF 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel with Tea Tree Oil ($21)
This was my first experience with DDF, and I was really impressed with this product. This cream/gel is totally non-sticky, and absorbs readily into the skin. It did not over-dry or irritate, and definitely helped prevent new pimples from cropping up. One drawback: I could not wear it during the day because it REALLY bleaches any clothing it comes in contact with. However, using it at night solves the problem because you can toss on an old T-shirt and not worry about it.

Sephora Brand The Great Pumpkin Mask ($30)
This tingly, "active" mask is perfect for face or body, and smells fantastic! Real pumpkin (full of exfoliating enzymes) mixed with extracts of nutmeg, ginger, blood orange, bergamot, and vanilla, rev up cell turnover and purify pores. Start slowly with this mask; leave it on for about 5 minutes the first time, and work up to 10-15 minutes with subsequent applications. If your skin is very sensitive, stick to short applications - you'll still get great results.

So, the struggle for great skin continues. If you have product recommendations or treatments you have found to be effective in fighting body breakouts, drop me a line at lisalinkphillips@insight.rr.com. We are always looking for your input and suggestions.

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Posted April 17, 2005

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