I should probably file this under “too much information,” but beauty isn’t always a pretty subject. Ladies, I’m in the midst of a breakout on my back (aka “bacne”), and it has been totally suck-tacular 1) because the pimples are big and painful, and 2) because I’ve had to skip on all the pretty backless summer tops I’ve wanted to wear during the recent heat wave here in the Bay Area.
Making matters worse — as if that’s even possible — one crop of zits took roost smack dab in the middle of my upper back, at the base of my neck between my shoulder blades, which means they’re within reach and easily scratch-able. I know that scratching ’em constitutes a big, gross no-no, and I’ve resisted the temptation so far, but it hasn’t been easy.
Because I’ve gotten great results from Clinique skin care products in the recent past, I decided to try Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar ($12.50) in place of my go-to back breakout product, Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash. Clinique’s mild cleansing soap bar contains salicylic acid, a popular active ingredient used to prevent and treat breakouts on both the face and body.
I showered with it several times, rubbing the clunky, cylindrical white bar onto my back while daydreaming about tube tops. I like the eucalyptus-ish, medicinal fragrance and the light foaming action, but I do have one problem with the product…
It hasn’t really worked.
Every morning since I’ve started using the bar, I’ve checked my back for signs of improvement, but there haven’t been any. No two breakouts are the same, so I’m willing to cut Clinique some slack. That said, in the past when I’ve used Neutrogena Body Clear, all it took was one or two washes to clear up even my worst bacne breakouts.
After a week with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar, bacne still prevents me from looking my best in a halter top.
The product hasn’t been strong enough for me, but it may work better for you if you’ve had luck with mild acne treatments in the past. Finding the right acne treatment can take a lot of trial and error. As far as my skin is concerned, I hit pay dirt when I found Neutrogena Body Clear a few months ago.
Tube top by BCBG
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body
Price: $12.50 for a 5.2 oz bar
Use: To prevent and treat acne
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
To learn more about Clinique Acne Solutions Bar, check it out at your nearest Clinique counter or read about it online.
TGIF, ya’ll! This deserves an all-caps WOOT! Right now I’m off to coffee and pastries with a friend. Hopefully I don’t spontaneously combust. It’s still unseasonably hot out here.
Do you have plans for the weekend? I wish we could all go haulin’ together.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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