You’ve got the shoes, the accessories, the pretty makeup… now all that’s left to complete your holidazzle party look is the perfect dress. But wouldn’t you know it – most of the prettiest holiday gowns are either backless or nearly there. For example, peep this beautiful lace babydoll number that I spotted over at Urban Outfitters’ website.

She looks flawless. But if she was suffering with a noticeable case of backne, that would throw her entire look off the second she turned around. Back acne is probably the most difficult kind of acne to get rid of. Several factors can contribute to the dilemma.

Hair products that drip down your shoulders, sweat and abrasive clothing, and plain old genetics can play a role in recurrent backne. The location (usually across the upper back and shoulders) makes it difficult to apply products. The skin there is less sensitive and therefore, your everyday face washes and ointments might not have an effect. Especially for black women, hyperpigmentation can leave a veritable constellation of backne scars scattered across prime backless dress property.

For the holiday party season, you want to make a graceful exit as well as a dramatic entrance. Nobody wants to walk around wrapped in a shrug all night. What’s a bella to do?

Start out with a quality 2% salicylic acid acne body wash, for starters. There’s Phisoderm Clear Confidence, which works gently, but well. Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub is a popular choice, and is an Allure Best of Beauty award winning product.

Follow that up with a daily treatment, like Nature’s Cure Body Acne Treatment Spray.

This stuff is amazing. It’s affordable, it helped to  clear up my upper back, and the spray bottle sprays from any angle! So you can reach those hard-to-reach places with no problem.

The discussion on this message board revealed that acne creams that might be too harsh for facial use can work wonders for the back. Retin A Micro might be too drying for your cheeks, but could be the right product for your shoulders and back area. But if your backne is at the point where you think you need Retin A, then you should already be seeing a dermatologist.

With a combination of regular cleaning, spray-on skin care, and perhaps some light mineral foundation applied by a loved one before your grand entrance, you should be ready to go backless just in time for the holidays!

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rastagalnj says:
November 29, 2006, 10:51 am
I absolutely adore halter dress and own several. While my back is ok, its not great, thanks for the tips to get it in show off shape for the holidays.
FenixStar says:
November 29, 2006, 11:00 am
my problem is not being able 2 go braless, unfortunately. i've never found a low backed OR strapless bra that works on a size 2 frame with 32c breasts!
ladyj says:
November 29, 2006, 12:53 pm
Im 19 have suffered from back acne since puberty I have been using natures cure for a while now. I also use their face products the chewable pills they give you helps control my acne when I am on my period. I absolutly love Nature's Cure. I was wondering if you knew of anything that would help remove the dark spots I have gotten on my back and shoulders due to acne? When I was younger i used to pop my acne bumps and so that has left some discoloration on my shoulders and back.
o0seinabo0o says:
November 29, 2006, 6:39 pm
oh I allways love your posts...the topics are always on point... //seinabo-sweden
Coffy says:
November 30, 2006, 4:14 pm
@Ladyj, Black Opal Makes a product called Dual Advanced Fade Gel that really clears up acne and usually cost about ten dollars. if you can use an exfoliating body wash and, i would recommend a gel or foam over a scrub, with the fade gel it will quicken your results. hope this helps.
bella says:
December 1, 2006, 11:42 am
Coffy, I seriously LOVE when you comment. You're so knowledgeable!
Stella says:
December 3, 2006, 10:24 pm
Ladyj, I also like products with cocoa butter in it; it helps clear up scars and marks
maddie says:
December 6, 2006, 11:06 pm
I have no acne problem, but your post caught my eye with this chic dress.Nice trick!;)
oily skin acne says:
June 15, 2008, 12:04 pm
Excellent info in regard to acne. This is a serious topic, and it is so hard to find reliable acne information online. Thanks and keep up the good work!
jacky says:
November 21, 2008, 3:57 pm
im 15 and have had back acne since i was 12. These are the years I want to hang out at the beach with my friends and be able to feel sexy and confident. Im willing to try this I just feel like ive tried EVERYTHING! Does anyone have any advise
geen says:
January 22, 2009, 11:12 pm
back acne SUCKS. iv had it since i was about 12 (im now 17) and its being particularly bad this summer... it sucks because like jacky said, you dont want to have to always cover up.. i cant wear singlets .. including dresses which sucks for formals. i hope this works because bacne can really destroy your confidence and teenage years.
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