When it comes to the battle against acne, I can't shake the 90s Clearasil stereotype from my mind. It's only surfer guy teens and girls with severe middle parts (save two straggly strands) who have pizza faces. By the end of the advert, they invariably inspect their newly spot free faces and get back to their lives as part of the cast of Heartbreak High.
What if you're an adult struggling with backne? What can be done, short of slinking back into the shadows with the other pock marked pariah? This is something I've been asking myself for years.
Specialised soaps? I've tried them.
Contraceptives? I've tried them.
Topical medications? I've tried them.
Accutane? Never again.
I have long accepted my bacne, there is no miraculous cure. However, I have a pretty tight routine to manage it, the star of which is Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion O. It's the best I've found in a long and tireless search for acne-free skin.
At first, I was unsure how well it'd work. The ingredients listed areDeionized Water, Boric Acid, Isopropyl Alcohol, Camphor, Gum Benzoin, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein. No salicylic, glycolic or chemical exfoliant.It is very astringent and has a medicated smell. It is meant for chest and back use only which I'd never dream of going against considering the high level of extremely drying alcohol it contains.
Smell and drying-ness aside, this stuff works. Teamed with their AHA Body Soap (bacne tip: wash your back with exfoliant after you've rinsed your conditioner, the heavy silicones could be your bacne causing culprit), this is a miracle worker. When I use it on my chest, I am always sure to moisturise afterward and always apply sunscreen.
This Summer will be the first since I was a sprog that I'll be comfortable showing some back, or even wearing a thin or light coloured top. Which I'll do as I daydream I am carousing the halls of Heartbreak High with my Clearasil friends. Thanks, MB.