"Stuff I Love" is a new feature for my blog! It's basically a total rip-off of Jezebel's "Worth It" feature. I'm going to feature products and services that I am totally in love with as a consumer, in the hopes of guiding my readers to new and better things that can solve all of the world's problems. Or something. Anything mentioned in "Stuff I Love" are products/services that I've purchased with my own money, and have never been asked to review them or paid to do so.
I started having breakouts when I was in about the sixth or seventh grade. What started as a minor phase that all teens go through became a horrible chronic nightmare that has stayed with me to this day. When I was a teenager, I used to look eagerly toward my twenties, when I figured that acne would be a thing of the past. My twenties came and went, and here I am in my thirties still dealing with this problem.
The thing is, face zits are one thing. They're right there for everyone to see, and they're very embarrassing -- and I know, I've had breakouts that have made me want to stay at home, and I've had pimples that were so front and center that I should have just named them. The worst, though, has been the pimples on my back and chest, better known as "bacne." This horrible condition started in the seventh grade. Well, to be honest, how it went was that sometime in the sixth grade, I started getting pimples around my hairline on my forehead. Little by little, they spread, working their way down my face, and not stopping until they were on my back and chest, too. For some reason, I find them to be a million times more humiliating than any pimples on my face.
I was careful with the bacne. I wore turtlenecks and such. I was careful about v-necks. Still, there was the humiliation of a lifetime one day in seventh grade (or possibly eighth grade) French class, when the kid behind me announced to the class "Kim has zits on her back!" I remember turning red, and turning around "shh"ing him, as if that would matter. I mean, in total fairness, he should have at least said it in French.
Since then, it's gotten better at times and worse at times. I planned both my prom dress and my wedding dress from my first wedding around my bacne. In fact, I left my veil on during my reception because of it. I use a nice body cleanser (not soap) on my upper back and chest these days, and that has helped tremendously, but they're still there.
So, what have I done to pretty much eradicate this problem?
Murad Acne Clarifying Body Spray. I had my doubts, and the price tag of more than $30 per bottle was a real turnoff at first, but when I finally broke down and bought it, my body breakouts were gone within a week or two. The bottle is great. It sprays upside down, which allows you to get any hard-to-reach places. It feels cool spraying on, which is nice during the summer but might be a little chilly during the winter.
I know it's expensive, and the price point is one that I wouldn't advocate if it weren't for the fact that this stuff works so well. I feel like my bacne is cured which is awesome.