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Get Your Back Ready To Bare: Skin Edition

Plunging necklines are giving way to backless dresses. Spring and Summer both promise many backless fashions for showing off your toned back, and wedding dresses are not excluded from this trend.

If you are working out vigorously to get a toned back for you wedding, I say more power to you! Don't be dissuaded from sweating by the unfortunate side effect of working out – breaking out in places you would never think of and rarely see yourself. I am talking about the back. There are ways to avoid this dreadful side effect of shaping up.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Make sure your bra and your shirt are made of fabric that wicks the sweat away from your body. Cotton, in this instance, is not your friend. I like the Trilogy Bra by Title Nine Sports.
  • If your routine includes cardio followed by strength training, change your shirt and bra in between. This might seem like a pain, but can seriously help prevent blemishes. Wipe or rinse (much more complicated mid workout) your back before putting on your fresh clothes.
  • There are a few other things you can do so just


  • Shower post workout and use Cetaphil or some other antibacterial cleanser. Use a back scrubber so you can reach all parts of your back. Do not scrub aggressively as that will only irritate the area even more.
  • Try over the counter acne medication. The skin on your back is tougher than the skin on your face. After showering try glycolic or alpha hydroxy lotion of about 8 or 10 percent strength. Or try 10 percent benzoyl peroxide. Remember, benzoyl peroxide will bleach your clothes.
  • Stop carrying a heavy backpack, especially if you are applying acne medication to your back. Backpacks can irritate the skin on your back and promote sweating.
  • If you're really at a loss, make an appointment with a dermatologist and hopefully they will clear things up for you (literally and figuratively). Also many spas offer facials for the back and this treatment might help. Be sure to try this weeks, not days before your wedding.

Fit's Tip: Don't stop working out to avoid working out. You need it as a stress release because planning a wedding is no piece of cake. Just take precautions and your back will look lovely on your big day.

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Stay tuned for the Get Your Back Ready To Bare: Exercise Edition – it's coming soon.


Join The Conversation
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I never get backne, thank GOD. I just use a mild body wash and a loofah thingie to exfoliate my back to make sure I'm always ready for halter top season. My husband gets the worst backne's so gross. I usually help him exfoliate it, which seems to help a bit, and I put acne cream on it too...every little bit helps, I guess.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
My back always looks good, but its really bony, you can see every rib and bone. So I never go backless.
merryberry merryberry 9 years
Backne is the worst! And it always hits me in the summertime when I want to wear spaghetti straps and halters. You can also get facials for your back (backials?) at some spas, which can be a pricey but effective remedy.
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
I'm training quite hard right now for a triathlon & my CHEST is gross. The sweating combined with the chlorine from swimming is destroying me. Somehow facial acne has never bothered me (which is good considering the state of my skin right now) but I can't wear anything with a low neckline cause of my chest acne. Honestly I'd prefer Back acne. It's much easier to cover!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I have pretty bad acne on my face and once in a while I'll get a zit on my chest, but I've never had a break out on my back *knocks on wood*
Hannah426 Hannah426 9 years
I swear, there is nothing worse than a bad case of BACKne. I don't get them all the time, just every now and then but they hurt so bad!
silly3 silly3 9 years
Another thing that works really well, in addition to all of Fit's tips (which I follow, but might need to get some glycolic or alpha hydroxy lotion), are Aveda's Outer Peace Acne Relief Pads (active ingredient: 1.5% salicylic acid). I use them morning and night and they really help!
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