Mild Body Acne

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    Nov 28, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
    Any tips or product suggestions for mild shoulder acne? What works for my face doesn't seem to do the job for the rest of my body. I've tried salicylic acid and antibacterial body washes to no avail. It's nothing horrible, but of course I'd rather live without it.

    Thanks in advance.
  • Bunjamon

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    Nov 28, 2010 12:26 PM GMT
    I have to deal with the occasional whitehead on my shoulders, too, I think it's just a part of being young and hormonal. It seems like you're doing everything right. Have you tried a mild benzoyl peroxide body wash? OXY apparently makes one. Also make sure that you don't wear sweaty shirts any longer than you have to.
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    Nov 28, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    put some tea tree oil cream on it, works for me
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    Nov 28, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    I'm the same age as u and I have the same problem. I found that bc I work out sometimes twice a day ( from the looks of your pix I cantell u work hard too ) it was because I didn't change my shirts enough ( nasty I know :p ) but ts true once u leave the gym take a shower asap
  • sea_buddy

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    Nov 28, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    Consider seeing a dermatologist...

    Change your laundry soap to hypoallergenic, may be something you eat, small doses of tanning bed help me out actually (while killing the skin lol)
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    Nov 28, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    I used to have this problem. My problem was that I kept trying to use 'products', which always seemed to either do nothing, or make it worse.

    Increase amount of vitamin D intake, get a hard brush to scrub skin, the more natural the soap the better, and you can apply vitamin E gel to irritations. I only use water and vitamin E on my face, and I've also known the amount of outbreaks I have had has decreased substantially from when I was using products to 'treat' my skin.

    The more natural, the better.

    Oh, and drink LOTS of water.
  • delthespaz

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    Nov 28, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    Based on a dermatologist's recommendations, I've used Panoxyl wash and clindamyacin(Rx) on areas when I tend to breakout which is usually during hot weather or when I'm on stressful projects.

    http://www.drugstore.com/panoxyl-acne-foaming-wash-10-benzoyl-peroxide/qxp216499?fromsrch=peroxide+wash

    Since it's a wash, I don't have issues with bleaching fabrics, if I rinse thoroughly.
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    Nov 28, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    i've had that issue aswell man but what works really work for me is Neutragena Clean and Clear Body Wash, the grapefruit one, not the body scrub. and then I moisturize with Johnson's Baby Powder! works amazingly! icon_smile.gif try that if that doesn't work, you prob need to be on a good multi-vitamin and essential fatty acids (fish oil)
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    Nov 28, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    I had a similar problem until a nutritionist recommended Neem oil soap (Theraneem from Whole Foods/Sprouts type of store) that eradicates the bacteria on your skin. I also now use the face version. It's incredible the difference in my skin...less oil production. One other thing I do is drink plenty of coconut water and filtered water to stay hydrated...
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    Nov 28, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    myjeep saidAny tips or product suggestions for mild shoulder acne? What works for my face doesn't seem to do the job for the rest of my body. I've tried salicylic acid and antibacterial body washes to no avail. It's nothing horrible, but of course I'd rather live without it.

    Thanks in advance.


    Try drying it out by showering twice a day.
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    Nov 28, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    And when all else fails

    Stop using steroids
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    Nov 28, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    Go to your primary provider and ask for a low dose antibiotic regimen used for acne such as Tetracycline 250 mg twice daily for at least 3 months. This low dose is safe enough for anyone to take.

    I've had problems in the past with shoulder acne and since taking this medication, I've cleared up.
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    Nov 28, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I'd obviously prefer something gentle. I know my skin reacts well to tea tree, so I'll try that first. I feel like the more harsh the product, the more I just tire my skin.
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    Nov 28, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    Yeah use tea tree oil. good stuff. And always moisturize.
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    Nov 28, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    Retin-A, Tretinoin, usually works for this- but as soon as you stop taking it your problem will return. You can only get it with a prescription and each tube will cost you about $60 but it'll last you a good while.
    *It's an "anti-aging anti-acne" cream that also helps 'treat' Keratosis Pilaris-
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    MadeNUSA saidAnd when all else fails
    Stop using steroids

    ...because everyone with a "beautiful physique" does....
    I guess that means you don't.
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    Nov 28, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    Tea tree oil soap has helped me. Also make sure to shower right after you workout so the sweat doesn't clog your pores.
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    Nov 28, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    A1EX saidRetin-A, Tretinoin, usually works for this- but as soon as you stop taking it your problem will return. You can only get it with a prescription and each tube will cost you about $60 but it'll last you a good while.
    *It's an "anti-aging anti-acne" cream that also helps 'treat' Keratosis Pilaris-
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    MadeNUSA saidAnd when all else fails
    Stop using steroids

    ...because everyone with a "beautiful physique" does....
    I guess that means you don't.


    I used to use Retin-A Micro, and it did completely cure acne on my face (hasn't returned). But then again I was a teenager and am older now, so it might have just been the hormones as well. Still worth a shot I'd say.
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    Nov 28, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    Thanks OP for posting this. And thanks fellow RJ'ers for posting your ideas. I have that problem too, and have been seeing a dermatologist for THREE years. Trying various things. I think I'm going to try quite a bit of what everyone said, see if it helps.
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    Dec 14, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    This is a topic that has caused me great worry over the years.

    There are many reasons as to why acne is caused but to keep this short I will explain about my story and how I cured it.
    I have suffered with acne ever since I was a young teeneger and a year a go I suddenly got the courage to go to a fantastic clinic and have a chemical peel and it was probably the best decision I ever made.

    Have any of you considered surgery?

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    Dec 14, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    Ugh I get this too and it sucks! I went to the doctor's and they all keep giving me antibiotics but I refuse to take any more cuz they're pretty bad. I made an appointment with a derm, so I'm waiting on that, but yeah, changing out of sweaty clothes asap has really helped, but it isn't gone at all.
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    Dec 14, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    My face used to be like a moon surface as a teenager, and after years of treatments, I found the only real solution:

    ROACCUTANE.

    However I don't know if you get it that easily, it's quite a heavy-duty product. If you google it you might see there is some conflict in the UK for example around this medication, it might cause depression in some cases and some people are claimed to have commit suicide because of the pills. Anyway it took away my acne so I got happier.

    All of the above seems interesting and relevant though, but what I think is really KEY are the following elements: GENES / STRESS / HORMONES

    Also, I've always heard that if someone takes steroids you get that kind of acne on your shoulders, and it seems to be true, I can so pick out the guys in the gym that have this specific symptom.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 14, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    Keeping your skin clean can also help. Showering after a workout or when needed using a mild cleanser and a clean wash cloth each time is a good idea.
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    Dec 14, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    Definitely see a dermotologist about this. They can diagnose you properly and point you in the direction of products -- both prescription and over-the-counter -- that are suitable for you. As a chronic acne sufferer for most of my life since puberty (aka Pergatory), I have seen enough doctors to know what works.

    My doctor prescribed for me Neo-Strata alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) lotion mixed with clindamycin by the pharmacist. I use the 10% which is strong for some people, but I find it just right for me. I use it all over (but again, that's me, you may need a lesser strength), and I have found it the most effective thing so far.

    If you have drug coverage, it is possible that certain medications (ie. clindamycin) that would usually be covered may not be covered if combined with certain products deemed "cosmetic" (Neo-Strata). If this is the case, see if you can use the products separately, billing soley for the medication, and paying the cosmetic out of pocket (which is what I have done).

    Also keep in mind that drying out your skin in an attempt to "cure" the acne only causes your body to generate more oil to counteract the measure, so your efforts will be in vain. If you do get a dry patch, use something like Cetaphil moisturizer which won't clog your pores or feel greasy or heavy, but will rehydrate your skin.
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    Dec 15, 2010 3:22 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Don't get me started on acne as it has caused me considerable stress and discomfort over the years.

    There are so many deciding factors associated with acne. These range from a bad diet, genetics, environment and hormones.

    Acne for me has been like a bad tormentor, constantly there and no matter what I seemed to do, be it a change in diet or buying the latest skin care products my acne still remained. However, about a year a go I suddenly got the courage to go to an amazing clinic and have high-quality acne treatment and it was probably the best decision I ever made.

    Have any of you considered surgery?

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    Dec 15, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    JosephLewis saidspam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam
    You actually think anyone is going to listen to some no-pic profile tell us how to get rid of acne?
    Dude, you're stupider than you look. icon_lol.gif