You may need to try a lotion with salacylic in it to stay on the skin. You could use clearasil dual action acne fighting moisterizer in the a.m. and a bp cream in the evening. The reason I say evening is because it will bleach your clothes.
how long do you think the bp cream should stay on in the evening... Do you mean put it on and let it dry and keep it on while you sleep, or leave it on for a set amount of time and then wash it off? thanks
Unfortunately, body acne is really hard to treat, and you're unlikely to find a non-prescription treatment that will make a difference. The best you can probably do is try exfoliating, and experiment with shampoos and soaps to see if one of them is irritating your skin.
I have back & chest acne. Some decent size inflammed whiteheads, but mostly lots and lots of little pimples. I've been using tea tree oil for about 3 weeks now. My chest is slowly improving. I'm not sure if it's helping my back or not. Sometimes I think it is and sometimes I think it isn't--I'm not getting any new back acne, I don't think, but the old ones don't seem to be going away. I have also started using tea tree oil soap in the shower AFTER rinsing off my shampoo, because I read that shampoo can clog pores. I've only been doing this for a few days, so I don't know if it's helping yet.
My husband swears that tanning/being out in the sun clears up his back acne.
I suffered from body acne for about 6 years from 13-19. It has pretty much cleared up in the past year except for the occasional breakout (poor genetics..meh). What I did was start using Aloe Vera all over every day at first...then three times a week. I also started washing my back with a dandruff shampoo. Why?...you may ask. The zinc in it does something that helps clear acne. Even dandrugg shampoos without zinc usually have salycillic acid..so you win either way. I noticed no further breakouts when doing this...so I assume if you rinse well it won't clog your pores. Lately all I've had to do is take a zinc supplement EVERY day and of course wash gently to keep breakouts to a minimum.
Personall I find body acne to be the worst because it feels like you are always hiding something
I have had sever body acne for 13 years and nothing has worked except Retin-A. I haven't tried Accutane, however, because I am afraid of the side effects. I am happy with Retin-A but am thinking of using antibacterial cream as well because I still have some mild breakouts occasionally. BP cream does not work that well for me and tends to make my skin even more irratated while used in conjunction with Retin-A.
Frank, Salac by Medicis works great on body acne. I have been using it for many many years. I rarely find it over the counter, but you can ask your pharmacy to order it for you...no prescription required. It is around $11 for 6 oz. VERY WORTH THE MONEY.
You want the wash, not the foam. And in the shower, use it as a wash with a bath scrub brush. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
To prevent and reduce body acne, when putting conditioner on your hair make sure it doesn't drip on your back. Use a hair clip if you plan on leaving on your conditioner for a few minutes. Since when we condition our hair the cream drips on the back and that's how you get acne, well, it happened to me. Now, I make sure that it doesn't touch any part of my body and my face because it can clog your pores. If anything try to use shampoo for thin hair, less base/creamy.