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Brides and Bacne: What to Do

Everything is going dreamily. You found the perfect wedding gown for the big day. You've been exercising regularly to make sure it fits just right. The problem is, all that sweating you've been doing makes you break out, and not just on your face — on your back and shoulders too.

For starters, do not stop working out. All that exercise is great for relieving stress, and there are many things you can do to prevent bacne from ruining your special day.

  • Always wear clean workout clothes.
  • Make sure to wear a sports bra and top that are made of wicking fabric to pull moisture away from your skin. Avoid clothes that don't let your skin breathe.
  • Take a shower immediately after exercising to wash off sweat and bacteria.
  • When you shower, use Cetaphil or some other antibacterial cleanser on your back since exfoliating helps unclog blocked pores and get rid of dead skin cells. Use either an exfoliating scrub or bath gloves once a week.
  • After showering, allow your skin to dry completely and then apply a topical cream that contains either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to treat and prevent blemishes. Be careful of bleaching your clothes if you go the benzoyl peroxide route.
  • If your problem persists or you have severe body acne, make an appointment with a dermatologist.
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Susi-May Susi-May 4 years
I use Acnedote scrub by Alba Botanica. It's too coarse for my face, but it's great for the back and shoulders.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I never get bacne, but my husband gets it bad, especially when he has to work out in the desert...he gets all sweaty and his clothes rub on his skin.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I got a back facial a few weeks before my wedding. Relaxing and it kept me from breaking out :)
cutekitty cutekitty 9 years
Use neutrogena body wash! :) Works really well.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Rubbing alchol, or spray yourself with Bactine and wipe it off with a tissue.
SU3 SU3 10 years
LOL @ bacial! hehe :D I'll have to check out these products...
bonbonfay bonbonfay 10 years
I'm telling you, for the back, use good ole rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball twice per day. It's disgusting how black it is when you are done. Of course, alcohol is too harsh on your face, but the back seems to take it ok. It will really dry you out, but after a few weeks, there will definitely be an improvement.
nomerz nomerz 10 years
back facials are wonderful! I even got my dad to try it and even though he would never admit it, he loves them! I may go as far to say that they're better than facials... so relaxing!
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
ugh i hate bacne but ill admit it is a prob that is hard to get rid of
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I am long married, but am currently looking for something for my back. at my age, i cannot believe acne is an issue. but it is.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I am long married, but am currently looking for something for my back. at my age, i cannot believe acne is an issue. but it is.
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