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My Back Story

I'm about 95% sure that no one else will read this, but I'm going to write about my story anyway. Maybe it'll help someone out there feel less alone. I also want this logged so that one day I can look back on it and think 'Woah'. My struggle with Bacne or Back Acne began when I was about Ten or Eleven years old. In Primary school girls had to have their hair tied up, so everyone was able to see the back of my neck. Because I was different and at that age everyone thought pimples were gross I got bullied a fair bit. Of course I never let it get to me, I'd usually laugh it off or retaliate with another mean comment just so I didn't take it to heart. My parents knew about it, but they just said that it was my hormones going silly because I was entering puberty, I believed them and even felt a little better when I was told, by my GP, that 'It wouldn't last, it's actually really common among young people'. I left it alone for a couple of years - Not bothering to look into treatments; especially since it was going to go away 'on it's own'. Then I went to Middle School. Luckily by this time we were able to keep our hair down, which covered my neck and any evidence that I suffered from Bacne. I started to really get self-conscious when having a Boyfriend was 'Life or Death' (By middle school standards anyway). I was already copping enough crap at school for being the 'Fat kid'. Originally I thought that my weight would have had something to do with it, but I was never really that big. It was just kids once again being cruel. My first attempt at getting rid of my problem was just silly on my behalf. I went on eBay and bought the first thing that promised me 100% satisfactory results. I cant remember what it was but it looked cheap and had Asian writing all over it except for two words - Salicylic Acid. With a quick Wikipedia check, I thought 'Yes! Finally normality!' Yeah, no dear. It burned like hell and left a rash. Some miracle cure! Once again I left it for a while, using non-perfumed soap and an exfoliating towel, with absolutely no improvement. Then, when I was about 15, I heard that going on The Pill would help. I figured 'what the hell, I'm going to be on it sooner or later!' I went to my GP and started my daily dose of the tiny pink Pill. Here is an image of my back that very day. I'm now about three months away from turning 18 and my back is still a mess. Granted, some days are better than others, but I just really want it gone for good! My Nightclub days are coming closer, and I really want to be able to go out and not have to feel self conscious about my back. I want to be able to wear that black strapless dress and have my hair done up without feeling ugly. More than anything I want to know what it's like to feel pretty in my own skin. At the moment I am using the Benzac AC wash and have been using a loofah to apply it, but have found that my skin feels nicer if I use my hands to apply it. As of yet (Approx. two and a half weeks) I have found no change other than my skin feeling divine after using it. It works well on my face, where I hardly ever get break outs anyway, as a cleanser as it just feels so nice. Yesterday I posted a thread in the 'Introduce yourself' section and asked about other treatments and the two replies that I received really gave me hope. They introduced me to the idea of using Head and Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff Shampoo as a cleanser. I looked it up and found a link to a massive thread here on Acne.org and after reading so many people's success stories, I simply have to give it a go! Some said that they found it really drying, but by putting on a good moisturiser afterwards (Cetaphil), should eliminate this problem. I'm willing to try just about anything at the moment. I will post updates and images as I go about it to show my (hopefully extraordinary) progress.




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