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Bacne Blues

I talked about my back acne (let’s limit the term bacne ‘cos it just sounds so ugly, no? haha!) problems in this post — and how I’m putting the new Safeguard Derma Sense acne range to the test to see how it fares with the dreaded ‘b’ word. It’s been more than 2 weeks since I’ve used the Acne Prone Skin line (they also have a Sensitive Skin range) and I’ve observed some major improvements in terms of acne growth and severity. A caveat, I used the Body Wash for my back during the first week but switched to the Facial Wash for the second week just to see if it were more effective. I didn’t use the soap bar because I’m just generally not a fan of bar soaps but I think it will work just the same as the Body Wash as they have the same ingredient list anyway.
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Thoughts
First, I have to point out that I like how both the body wash and the facial wash aren’t at all drying. You know that tight feeling after washing that makes you think you’ve squeaky clean skin? I don’t like that. It can dehydrate the skin and cause breakouts just as much as overproduction of oil can. I initially thought that the range might be quite drying with their anti-bacterial properties but they’re not so props to that. In terms of effectiveness in reducing acne, I’ve noticed that after a week, the ‘angry’ acne have calmed down and have significantly reduced in redness.
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Two weeks in – I’ve spotted less acne growth (I usually have one or two knocking at the door after a few have calmed down). So definitely, the anti-bacterial properties are quite strong in these products. While they don’fade or diminish acne marks, they certainly help calm down the irritation and reduce the number of days that your fiery red non-friends flare up. I’ve also taken to exfoliating the parts where the redness has already subsided in hopes of kickstarting the fading process (need suggestions for body acne marks treatment!).
At the moment, I still have small patches of acne left to treat but am extremely impressed that a drugstore wash (that doesn’t come at a huge price tag) can effectively treat acne. I’ve also tested the Acne Prone facial wash on the skin and while I can’t fully vouch for its efficacy (having good skin lately! *knocks on wood*), I can assure you that it isn’t extremely harsh on the skin especially since I find some drugstore facial washes quite drying (so I suffer from breakouts instantly the day after). For those with already dry or sensitive skin, I have to ask you to be careful. I will go with the Sensitive Skin range just to be extra sure.
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If you’ve been on the hunt for an acne solution – whether for the face or body – I urge you to give the new Safeguard Derma Sense Acne Prone range a try. It’s dermatologically-tested and contains antibacterial ingredients that neutralize acne-causing germs deep down in the pores. While I still have back acne (I’m not saying they’re all gone!), Derma Sense has diminished the redness and have slowed down the growth. Still have scars/acne marks from the battle which is another story altogether!
Do you have any back acne issues? What have you done to solve them? Please do share below!

*In collaboration with Safeguard Philippines.

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6 Comments

  1. June 30, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    I was quite the loyal user of this face wash. When I left for my trip I never used it again. Lately my skin has been utter sh*t. It was never able to afjust to the new environment. It’s calmed down already but it’s still not as good as it was. Bumos have just appeared smack dab in the center of my forehead. The only thing that’s rescued my fave is micellar water. Need to hoard micellar water!!

    • July 1, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      You used this, Ray?! How was it? Was it drying for you, etc? Let me know. Im curious to hear others’ experiences on this. Also, ack! Yes, I remember my skin was terrible when I was in Europe for my exchange program. Di pa ako mahilig sa skincare non and I hated moisturizer so ACKKKK bad skin everyday, yo. Which micellar waters are you using/saved your skin?

      • July 2, 2015 / 7:22 pm

        It was great but I felt that it left my skin with a but of residue. I’m currently using the Simple Micellar Water. I have a L’Oréal one to use next. I’m making ‘tipid’ my Bioderma until my dad gets to Europe.

  2. June 30, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I’ve been using MaxiPeel solution on my back for nearly 2 months now. First, I used it daily, then I decreased usage to 3x a week. It hasn’t made my back flawless, but I noticed that I rarely get acne on my back these days (whereas I used to have a new one every other day!!!!) and some scars have faded.

    • July 1, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Avivaaaa thank you for sharing this. I think I’ll try the Maxipeel solution! I’m generally very scared of it ‘cos it’s composed of tretinoin and hydroquinone but for my back, I think it’ll be good!!! Thanks for sharing this, I didn’t even think of it (‘cos as I mentioned the ingredients are quite strong). 🙂

  3. July 1, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    I’ve always thought I had a smooth back until one day, I scratcthed my back and noticed that it was quite bumpy, huhuhu

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