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Follow This Easy Tip to Beat Backne

At the risk of heading into TMI territory, I've been breaking out on the backs of my shoulders lately. Nothing crazy, but enough to notice when I wear a sundress. At first, I couldn't figure out what was behind this bout of backne — after all, I wasn't breaking out elsewhere, and if anything, my skin has been dry rather than oily.

Ah, but then I spotted the culprit: a new conditioner. While it was doing wonders for my hair, it wound up leaving a film on my shoulders after rinsing. Rather than give up my conditioner, I just switched the order in which I clean myself. It used to be "scrub body first, then deal with hair," but now it's the opposite. The result: no more back bumps.


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Kellness Kellness 8 years
Great tip, I usually shampoo, wash then condition. To think my conditioner might be leaving a film on my body makes me question this order
tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 8 years
I cannot believe that people wash their body first and them their hair. You will be left with all that residue in your body. I have always, since i was little, wash my hair first and then my body and face., I can recommend the Nature's Cure spray for body acne, i went trough a backne phase and that clear up instantly. It doesn't ruin your clothes and is not that expensive.
SalescoopCaro SalescoopCaro 8 years
Great tip! I'm sure that this happens to tons of people. Good call on switching the order; no one wants to give up a great conditioner when they find one!
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 8 years
this just started happening to me and I too recently started using a great new conditioner. I'll have to be more conscious of my order of things in the shower from now on. Thanks Bella!
haphazardness haphazardness 8 years
haha ^^ I wonder how many people have an order when showering
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I switched conditioners and I've noticed that mine has all but gone away! I was using Herbal Essences, and I switched to Garnier Fructis, and it has definitely helped. I also use one of those back loofahs (mine is so cute - it's a rainbow-colored chameleon) that have the little handles and stretch to get the whole thing. If you use that with the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, it helps SO much!!
prosecco-in-the-park prosecco-in-the-park 8 years
Hmmm... I just started using a new conditioner and have noticed some little pimples on my back near my shoulders. I thought it was just because it has been so ridiculously muggy that I've been sweating in my sleep and that was causing it. When I shower after my kickboxing class tonight I will definitely keep this in mind.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
cfp...maybe one those sports bras that claim to wick away sweat or sports shirt instead of a bra. That way the edges will be in different, hopefully less sensitive spots. Or maybe even change it up and wear different shaped sports bras everyday so that different parts get a breather everyday.
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
best tip for backne: use head and shoulders as body wash. try it
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I got rid of my backne by using Neutrogina grapefruit bodywash with a loofah on a stick. I always got acne of my sportsbra region, and now it has gone away.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I've been having the same problem too. The backne is not bad, but I don't want it there. Bella- is it a good idea to wash my body first then my hair? Or the other way around?
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
Great tip!!
cfp cfp 8 years
My backne WILL NOT go away. It's not that bad, but I quite literally have an outline where my sports bra sits on my back with tiny pimples all over it. I know I'm breaking out from sweat, but I really don't know what to do to stop it. If I take a few days off from the gym, the pimples clear right up, but that's not really an ideal situation.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
bvfashion, shaima, have you tried using a cleanser with salicylic acid? That might help, and if not, try a salicylic acid spray after you get out of the shower. Murad and Nature's Cure both make sprays, and I think that would help. And like cheer4veggies said, I am always a fan of glycolic acid in products. They help exfoliate. Just be sure to wear sunscreen since it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
cheer4veggies cheer4veggies 8 years
after shampooing and putting conditioner on i put my hair up in a plastic claw clip to get it off my shoulders and back. then shave/exfoliate etc. then i rinse the conditioner out. though i still have some bacne this method makes (me think) my conditioner is working better. shaima - ive been using a ddf lotion with 10% glycolic acid for a few weeks now. its not completely clear but its been helping also with the scarring i have.
shaima shaima 8 years
i always deal with my body after the hair but still, i have backne for 2 years now and i really don't know what to do :( if anybody has a "solution", plz it will be more than welcomed!
bvfashion bvfashion 8 years
I've always showered this way, and yet I've also suffered from bacne for a long time. I try everything, scrubs, creams, peels... but nothing really seems to work. To make matters worse, many of the pimples that have healed left scars. I'm really self-concious about my back. Bella, do you have any suggestions to help??
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
That's a good idea if it's something that causes it. This has never happened to me, though!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
It's difficult to break a habit of showering a certain way, isn't it? I'm trying to remember, but my body's memory is used to hopping in, dealing with the body stuff, then finishing off with the hair.
omminka omminka 8 years
I've also noticed this correlation before even with breakouts on my face, I wash my body as well as my fast last (after brushing/flossing teeth) for this same reason.
cko444 cko444 8 years
i too have been grappling with this problem (for the first time in my 29-year life) and suspect that it's for the same reason. just started using a new conditioner which is fairly emollient. great tip!
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