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#1 olive14

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:16 PM

I used to have really bad back acne. I was left with a bunch of brown marks on my upper back, mostly in the middle and shoulder blade area. It's probably not as bad as some peoples, but I can't wear open back shirts, dresses, or bikinis. I am so determined to rid myself of them sometime soon.

Right now, I am doing this for my back....

Morning: 84% aloe vera lotion on back

Night: Apply benzoyl peroxide wash in shower, leave on 20 minutes, rinse
Exfoliate
Apply aloe vera
Apply Retin-A

I did that for about five days until I got busy with other things. I think it cleared up a lot to be honest. I don't have scars all over my back, just a lot on my upper back, so my mom and I have been looking into peels and such. I am lucky to have only hyper pigmentation and no indenting. The peel would probably be fairly light, a couple of AHA peels would probably do the trick. My scarring is veeeery superficial.

I have very fair skin, which is why the scarring looks a lot darker to me. I hear chemical peels are acceptable for those with light skin.

I'm not looking for a miracle here. But prom is coming up, and it is so important to me. I have a nomination for court, a beautiful dress, and I'm really excited to just spend the night with my boyfriend and friends. I don't want my scars to ruin my confidence. I don't want to impress anyone. My boyfriend says he thinks I'm gorgeous regardless of my scars. My friends don't care. But I don't want any comments, because girls will be girls, and I hate feeling self conscious. When I was trying on prom dresses a couple weeks ago, a specific group of girls that puts me down a lot saw my back and started laughing and pointing. Which is really part of my motivation to clear up my back.

I don't expect it to clear up immediately even with the first peel (if I get one.) But it would be very reassuring to be at prom knowing that they're slowly but surely fading, and much better than they were several weeks ago. Prom is in one month. It would be great if I could have it taken care of by this summer!

Does anyone have experience with brown acne scars on their bodies? What did you do to treat it, how long did it take, how much did it cost, etc. I'm not looking for a temporary fix like a spray tan, I want regimen ideas. Thanks so much.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:51 PM

I'm trying to fade my back scars as well. I'm currently using Dan Kern's AHA+ lotion... so far, not a dramatic improvement I think. (Only been using for a few weeks now.)

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (calla lily @ Mar 30 2009, 05:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm trying to fade my back scars as well. I'm currently using Dan Kern's AHA+ lotion... so far, not a dramatic improvement I think. (Only been using for a few weeks now.)


I'm not really comfortable with buying medicine off of a website, I prefer getting medication from my dermatologist.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:00 AM

A well formulated 2% salicylic acid toner dumped into a spray bottle, 2 times a day. Back only, that's probably too much for most facial skin.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:59 AM

AHA peels or an AHA leave-on product sound like a reasonable way to go.

Retin A will only help if you use it regularly.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (ayla @ Mar 31 2009, 07:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A well formulated 2% salicylic acid toner dumped into a spray bottle, 2 times a day. Back only, that's probably too much for most facial skin.


Where can I buy the salicylic acid, and what is a good brand?


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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE (olive14 @ Apr 1 2009, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ayla @ Mar 31 2009, 07:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A well formulated 2% salicylic acid toner dumped into a spray bottle, 2 times a day. Back only, that's probably too much for most facial skin.


Where can I buy the salicylic acid, and what is a good brand?



absolutely any drugstore or pharmacy.
even a supermarket.
all the products are relatively similar, so unless you have allergies,
i wouldn't be too worried about brand.

have fun @ prom!

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:28 PM

QUOTE (olive14 @ Apr 1 2009, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ayla @ Mar 31 2009, 07:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A well formulated 2% salicylic acid toner dumped into a spray bottle, 2 times a day. Back only, that's probably too much for most facial skin.


Where can I buy the salicylic acid, and what is a good brand?


this one is nice: http://www.drugstore...amp;catid=10210

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 10:55 AM

try rubbing apple cider vinegar on it every day. that's what i'm going to try. hope they clear up!

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:34 AM

You might want to try Glyderm's Lotion Lite. Its Glycolic and salicylic acid complex. It is in spray pump form for easy application on the back. Also comes in few different concentrations and skin conditions.

To speed brown spots faster, try good vitamin c cream or serum to speed healing brown scars.

Glyderm can be purchased at skinstore.com.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 06:04 PM

Hello, as FourMurasame mentioned you could try gylcolic acid. I've used it before, AHA Enhanced Lotion and I have noticed some results. I didn't remember regularly applying it to my back, but right now my back is pretty clear due to a combination of stuff I don't remember really well but I didn't have severe acne and red marks in the area.

I had no idea benzoyl peroxide worked for brown marks o_0

Have you bought your dress yet? If the methods don't work you can still buy a nice dress without an open back, or you can let your hair down if its long or you can buy those fabric thingies that wraps around your back. I hope everything works out for you comfort.gif