How to Get Rid of Chest and Back Acne

How to Get Rid of Chest and Back Acne

If you are like me, you like to bare skin in the warmer months. I am already looking forward to it!

What I am not looking forward to is the back and chest acne that will surely follow the warm temperatures. I am acne prone everywhere it seems.

Fortunately, I have found products that really help. I wanted to share them just in case someone is struggling with acne in those two spots and doesn’t know what to do about it.

The products

The five products pictured worked really well for me. They might work well for anyone reading this too! Here is a little bit about each of them:

1. CeraVe SA Bodywash- This is a body wash that contains salicylic acid, niacinamide and ceramides. Its purpose is to smooth out bumpy skin in a gentle. It has absolutely no fragrance due to the fact that they sometimes cause irritation.

2. SAL3 Advanced Cleansing Bar- These are bars of soap that contain salicylic acid and sulfur. It is for acne and other skin conditions. The bars have antiseptic and antifungal actions.

3. Sea salt- Pretty simple! Many people have it around. It is all-natural and can be beneficial for quite a few beauty-related purposes.

4. pH Prep Solution from Makeup Artist’s Choice- This is a toner that is recommended by MUAC to be used before and after doing chemical peels. It contains glycolic acid, witch hazel and lactic acid.

5. Alpha Skincare Renewal Body Lotion- This is a 12% glycolic acid lotion. Its purpose is to exfoliate and provide antiaging benefits.

How they can be used in a routine

I have found ways to use these products in my body care routines. You don’t have to do exactly what I do though.

The following is just a suggestion on how these can be part of your acne-clearing arsenal:

*Cleansing the areas: Alternate between using the CeraVe SA body wash and the Cleansing bar on the areas where you get/have the acne. I cleansed my areas twice a day but once is probably fine. Make sure to pat dry after rinsing.

*Toner: I also alternate between using a salt toner (1 tsp mixed into ¼ cup of warm water) and the pH Prep Solution from MUAC. Even though the Prep Solution is supposed to be for using before chemical peels, I have found it fights oil and pimples. You could use one or the other though. Just apply to the areas with a cotton ball and let it dry.

*Moisturize: The glycolic acid lotion provides moisture to the skin as well as fighting acne. After toning, apply it to the chest and back. It is also great for the whole body.

*Something else you can do: Benzoyl peroxide cream/gel is another thing you can consider putting on the areas. This should be done a few minutes after the toner is dry. After applying, make sure to wait about 20 minutes so that it can have time to absorb before applying a non-comedogenic lotion. I believe that putting the glycolic acid lotion on after the benzoyl peroxide might be too harsh.

I hope this helps

Again, these are just ideas. They may work for you or not. I really hope they do help though!

Having acne on your chest and back is a confidence-killer when you want to wear cute stuff in warm temperatures. If you are struggling with severe acne in these areas, it might be best to see a dermatologist.

Do any of you get chest and back acne? How do you deal with it?

Thanks for reading!

#acne #skincare #beauty #summerbody #womenstyle #pcos

My Time On Spironolactone

My Time On Spironolactone

Treating PCOS is really tough. Everyone is different so what works for some might not work for others. The treatments include various types of birth control, Metformin, diet changes, medications that help ovulation, Spironolactone and losing weight if overweight or obese.

When I was in my early 20s, I was put on Spironolactone to help with my PCOS symptoms. Here is how it went.

What is Spironolactone?

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Spironolactone is a diuretic most commonly used to treat heart problems, high blood pressure and low potassium (see here: https://www.drugs.com/spironolactone.html) It is also used to treat PCOS related symptoms which include acne, hair loss and excess male-pattern hair growth. This is due in part to its ability to lower androgen levels.

The dosages women are usually given are in the range of 50-200 mg per day. There are a lot of side effects that one can experience. These include weight gain, low energy, muscle loss, headaches, nausea/vomiting, itchy skin, dehydration and aggravation of PCOS symptoms ( see here: https://pcos.com/spironolactone/ ).

My Experience with it

I started taking Spironolactone when I was 21 years old with the goal of controlling my acne and oiliness. It was worse at that time than it is now. I also had mild hirsutism (it is worse now).

My dosage started out at 25 mg. We decided on this dose because I am really sensitive to medications. The maximum dosage for me was going to be 50 mg.

The first couple weeks at 25 mg, I noticed no side effects. Some women lose water weight at first but since I never weigh myself due to past eating disorder issues, I did not notice any.

Since it is potassium-sparing, I had to watch my diet to make sure I was not consuming a lot of foods that contained potassium in them (i.e. bananas). I also had to go in for blood tests to get the potassium level checked.

It does take around three months to notice differences in your skin so I was told not to get my hopes up for instant results. After tolerating 25 mg, I moved up to 50 mg. This was when I started to experience side effects.

The first thing I noticed was that my strength for weight lifting really went down. I went from being able to bench press 150 pounds to only being able to bench press 75 pounds. Also, I would black out sometimes when trying to push ups.

I also experienced some pelvic pain at times. It was sharp and caused me to double over. Even still, I kept taking the medication. I was really hoping that these side effects might go away and it would start working for me.

After three months on the medication, I can honestly say that I did not notice much of anything positive from it. The only thing that I guess got a little better was the oiliness of my skin. It was still pretty bad at times though.

My acne actually got worse on it. Little pimples showed up in the mustache area and I would regularly get two huge cysts on both sides of my nose. It was embarrassing to say the least. The pock marks by my nose are daily reminders of what I had to deal with.

I decided to stop taking it shortly after having a horrible breakout on my cheeks. It was so bad and took about six weeks to clear up. There was no reason to continue taking the medication anymore.

Do I recommend it despite my experience?

My experience is my own. There are a lot of people who have had great success when on Spironolactone. With that said, I would recommend it for someone who has PCOS or just bad acne.

It could work for someone else and be the key to fixing their problems. It is not good of me to sit here and say that since it did not help me at all, it won’t help others.

Have any of you been on this medication?

Skin Problem: Severe Hyperpigmentation

Skin Problem: Severe Hyperpigmentation

I have had skin problems since the second half of my 5th grade year. Having to hear that it happens to all children who are going through puberty was rough due to the fact that very few of my peers had acne.

It was really bad for a long time. I have used many different treatments in order to get it under control. These include oral antibiotics, Retin-A (multiple times), salicylic acid, benzyl peroxide, Clindamycin, Differin, alpha hydroxy acids and spironolactone. The treatments helped only a little. Starting at about the age of 28, the amount of acne I got started lessening considerably. Currently, I only get a few pimples around the time my period starts. Not sure why this has occurred by I am certainly not going to complain.

Now that my acne is under better control, I am left with the aftermath called hyperpigmentation. This is when a blemish leaves a dark mark behind after it has healed. It is very common in darker skinned individuals and it is hard to treat (at least for me it is). I have scoured forums and articles about getting rid of these marks which has led me to try all sorts of products (chemical peels, acid serums, acid toners, hydroquinone etc). It seems like they have either just not worked due to them not being strong enough for my skin or they would actually work but take more time than I gave them. It is really frustrating.

I have been keeping my face routine simple these days and pretty much have accepted the fact that my skin will be crappy looking for the rest of my life. For “treatments”  I have started to use a homemade 5% niacinamide cream (supposed to be good for hyperpigmentation), a lactic acid serum (occasionally) and sunscreen every 2 hours. I am not going to get my hopes up about the 5% niacinamide cream that I made but I do have to say that it moisturizes my skin really well and leaves me with a glow.  I would highly recommend it to anyone into making their own products or to find a product on the market that contains it.

If you are interested in skin care and want to find good products I would highly suggest going over to https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/. They have so many products to choose from. Another good site is https://www.makeupalley.com. You can see reviews on products and decide if you want to try them or not.