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In Topic: Painful Cystic Acne On Back Interfering With Daily Life

05 March 2013 - 05:18 PM

Try tea tree oil or something with that in it. If it's really bad, go to a doctor. You don't even have to go to a dermatologist - your general practitioner can prescribe things to you. 


Also consider that it might be folliculitis and not acne - in which case acne treatments won't help.


One thing I did last year that really helped my cystic back acne (why I'm not doing it now, I have no idea; I must be an idiot) is to alternate days of washing with BPO and washing with pyrithione zinc. BPO kills acne bacteria; pyrthione zinc kills the fungus that causes folliculitis. So between the two, you're killing both. Pyrithione zinc is the active ingredient in Head & Shoulders, but you can buy stronger pyrithione zinc bars online.


So you wash one day with a pyrithione zinc bar (leaving it on for at least 2 minutes before rinsing), then wash the next day with 10% benzoyl peroxide bar (PanOxyl makes one that you can get in drugstores), and so on, it might work well for you. You can try using head and shoulders first, but I recommend getting the zinc bar on Amazon or something instead, because the shampoo is only 1% and has other crap in it that's meant for your hair; the bar soaps are much stronger and formulated for skin.


Once it's clear, you can maintain it by keeping that up. Or, you can cut back to just the BPO soap and get a BHA or AHA lotion to apply post-shower. Dan's AHA works really well, and so does Paula's Choice weightless body lotion, which is BHA (I talk about it in my acne.org blog if you want to see more). I use that right now. I'm still washing with PanOxyl because I had a breakout last month I'm trying to kill. But try the routine I outlined above.


There's also apparently some kit out there by a dermatologist named Dr. Bailey that contains a bottle of BPO wash and a bottle of zinc wash and some special cloth that she put together for body acne sufferers. I haven't tried it myself, but I hear good things about it and used that alternating days principle she recommended when coming up with my own.

In Topic: Anyone Try Paula's Choice Skin Balancing System?

05 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

I haven't. I do use her Weightless Body Lotion, though, for my back and chest, and it works really well. I've used a couple of her products and I think they're pretty effective and not very expensive.


Did you end up getting it? How's it working?

In Topic: If you're having trouble - Paula's Choice 2% Weightless Body Lotion -...

19 April 2011 - 06:19 AM

Generally, I only shower once a day. Otherwise, my skin would dry out, and it does weird things to my hair. I don't think 12 minutes of total showering a day is out of line, though.

I used the body lotion because I read about it working for body acne. I guess I could try the other things. Of course, I went away for five days to visit family and only used it once, and then I was outside on Sunday so I started breaking out again.

If you get the lotion, you can get samples of other things, so maybe you can do that and see if other stuff works for you. I hope this does, though. Keep me posted.

In Topic: If you're having trouble - Paula's Choice 2% Weightless Body Lotion -...

07 April 2011 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE (Miss CP @ Apr 7 2011, 08:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am almost convinced, you had left a comment on my thread about this, Do you have hormonal acne? and did you have an intial break out from it, or did it just get better day after day? I haven't been to daring over my 10 yrs with light acne, but my friend and I are thinking of doing some trials, so maybe this wil be one of them. I'm just worried about an Initial breakout before summer, because I can usually control it throughout the summer with tanning and swimming and such.

Is there any bad ingredients in it that clog pores or irritate skin?

I have hormonal acne on my face, on my chin, just a little. My face isn't really much of a concern, although I do use it on my face. The acne on my body doesn't seem to have any pattern.

I didn't have an initial breakout; I didn't purge. I think some people have done so on the product, but it starts to work very quickly. I started clearing up in a couple of days, and like I said, my back is completely clear and my chest is close. My acne is pretty moderate - I don't know how it works on cysts or anything. I use Staphaseptic on cysts, since I get them on occasion.

It's very gentle on the skin. It leaves mine very soft and has calming ingredients. If you look at the reviews on makeupalley.com and on the Paula's Choice website, you'll see - people love this crap, which is why I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did.

Give it a shot! Let me know how it goes.

In Topic: CAVEWOMAN!!! Body Acne

29 March 2011 - 02:33 PM


I have moderate back and chest acne as well, and washing alone doesn't really help me. But I would recommend Paula's Choice 2% BHA weightless body lotion. I've been using that with mild soap after every shower and it's improved things greatly.

Gentle cleanser will definitely help you, though.

Good luck.