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Postby HappyBella55 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:46 am

ARGH - my back is breaking out in pimples :shock:

In a way its good that its not my face but what can I use to try and get rid of them. I use lux body wash - do you think this could be a reason why I'm breaking out or hormone related?

I was thinking of getting proactive solution. Has anyone else used this product and does it work and can you us it on other areas of your bod instead of face?
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Postby loveat116 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:00 pm

Hi Bella

Prob the best thing you can do is get an exfoliating scrubbing brush for your back. Its difficult cause you cant really get to that part of your back.

I had a few on my back and i got the bf to put witch hazel toner on it, and it cleared right up. But yeah... go for the scrub.

Proactiv can have dif results from person to person, but it has worked for a lot of people I know.
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Postby sassi » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:21 pm

hi bella

it could be either of those things i guess. if a scrub & some sort of toner/acne gel doesn't work i'd go to the doctor before trying proactiv. i'm not sure how expensive it is, but i had a few hormonal pimples & the dr thought my skin was a little inflamed (slightly red) so she prescribed an antibiotic, topical solution that works really well :)
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Postby BusyMum » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:38 pm

I have had a few freinds that used pro activ and really didnt like it. Didnt work well for them. I have had acne since I was about 13 and I am now 21 (22 in less than 2 weeks :P ) and I still get it if I run out of my treatment.

I use Benzac wash. You can get it at chemists only and it comes in a wash or a gel, and in different percentages. I use the wash because with the gel, you need to apply it and leave it for 2 hours, then wash it off and I was afraid I would put it on and forget to wash it off. But the wash I just use in the shower and it only needs to stay on for 30seconds. I also use 5% because that is the strongest and works best for me. It can really dry out your skin to start with. But it works really well for me. My face looks the best it has in years! I definately recommend it :D
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:40 pm

i get really bad pimples and its all hormone related. ive tried products with benzoyl peroxide which is what proactiv contains and it actually felt like my skin was burning, it didnt help with the pimples at all. the dr i see wont do anything about it and keeps telling me to use over the counter products instead of dealing with the actual hormones (i have polycystic ovaries) and at the moment i am using the avon tea tree and grapefruit 2-in-1 cleanser. it helps for sure but i still get breakouts. i get them all over my body including my scalp my back, and face
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Postby HappyBella55 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:16 pm

Thanks ladies for all your great tips.

Angela I will go seek out Benzac wash and give that a try.

I went to the proactiv solutions website. It's too expensive for me to buy so will try other methods first.

kate that must suck, have yuo ever thought of going to another doc so they can prescribe you a med that will sort out your hormones?
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:21 pm

HappyBella55 wrote:kate that must suck, have yuo ever thought of going to another doc so they can prescribe you a med that will sort out your hormones?


yeah i have thought about it, but i think after being shut down by my dr a few times i feel like no one else will listen to me LOL ill have to find a new dr because my dr has moved to england. a few times ive seen him when i thought i had pcos and he said 'no you couldnt have' after much pushing i got him to do some blood tests and it came back that i did. when i fell pregnant he said 'no you couldnt be because of your pcos' turns out that i was pregnant. :roll:
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Postby HappyBella55 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:48 pm

Kate your doc doesn't sound very good at all. I would definitely go searching for a new one and don't be affraid to bring up treatment. Docs are supposed to listen to their patients and find out the reasons. Definitely switch.

My doc is great. In another post I said I had pins and needles and my doctor was asking me all these questions that I thought were totally unrelated to pins and needles in my hands and it turns out I have a thyroid problem.

If it's a hormone imbalance then they can definitely fix that up. My friend has PCOS and she is on Diane/Brenda to control her hormone levels.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:01 pm

HappyBella55 wrote:Kate your doc doesn't sound very good at all. I would definitely go searching for a new one and don't be affraid to bring up treatment. Docs are supposed to listen to their patients and find out the reasons. Definitely switch.

My doc is great. In another post I said I had pins and needles and my doctor was asking me all these questions that I thought were totally unrelated to pins and needles in my hands and it turns out I have a thyroid problem.

If it's a hormone imbalance then they can definitely fix that up. My friend has PCOS and she is on Diane/Brenda to control her hormone levels.


yeah i am on monofeme and it doesnt so SH** LOL
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Postby BusyMum » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:23 pm

I have tried both Brenda and Diane. I think that one of them is just a cheaper version of the other. But I stopped taking them because they made me soooo dizzy and omg were they expensive!! They are supposed to be very good for hormone related acne though.

Bella - I dont think I could afford the proactiv either. Thats why I tried Benzac after someone reccomended it to me. It is less than $20 for a bottle and lasts me around 3 months.
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Postby oostevens » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:33 pm

I have used proactive, tended to bleach my pillow and towel though.

It works for a while, but apparently extended use can either dry ur face out or clog pores, a skin specialist told my friend that.

I have stopped using it, now i use Dove :) or St Ives :) works good.

My sis has this cream that u put on pimples that don't heal, its amazing, and it clears them up superfast, but u need a prescription for it, dunno its name either ha ha

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Postby Fireball » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:58 am

Thanks for the pimple tips I have them regularly - very annoying.
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Postby Misstoodles » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:57 am

Plenty of water, keep eating clean! Lightly exfoliate in the shower, The Body Shop do great loofahs, almost like a long handtowel shaped loofah. Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash was great for my bacne. Plus if you can reach them, put a dab of lavender or tea tree oil on each breakout. The only issue with the Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash is that it might be a bit too drying on your skin if the breakouts are due to either starting up exercising, suddenly starting to drink alot more water, or not eating as cleanly as you could. If it's not a problem you usually have, then its likely to be a form of your body trying to flush out the crap in your system.

My advice to you would be to keep exercising, drinking plenty of water and try and keep the greasy foods to a minimum and to lightly use a loofah in shower and it should clear up if you don't normally get break-outs on your back.
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Postby madeline » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:03 am

If you have long hair, try not to let any hair conditioner onto your back when you're in the shower. I used to have pimples on my back then I realised it was the exact length down my back as my hair... I held it up while rinsing from that day on, et voila!

When you're exercising, try to wear singlets instead of t-shirts just so your sweat can evaporate or be toweled off easier (than like stripping off in the gym hehe).
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Postby Misstoodles » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:06 am

Kate, *sigh* where to begin, the whole polycystic ovarian syndrome thing :( Long story short, several doctors thought I had it due to all the symptoms, but never could they actually find a problem with my hormones or any cysts on my ovaries. Of course, being doctors, they didn't know what the problem was (and is), so they basically shruged and said 'this is the way you were born'.

I'm so -so- sorry you have to go through all of this, because I know what the symptoms are like. I never had any luck with Diane, I found its side-effects to completely out-weigh any benefit it was doing me, which wasn't aparent anyway.

There are other symptoms, but on the topic of skin, I do continue to get breakouts, but my skin has been looking the best it can because I've been eating cleanly, exercising and drinking PLENTY of water. I've also been using Neutrogena's Oil Free Acne Wash on a loofah as my showergel, and washing my face with lavender oil diluted with water, and using the un-diluted lavender oil as a spot-treatment. This seems to be working well for me.

Thought I'd suggest it to you incase you ever want to give it a go! If you do I hope it works for you!!
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