Anonymous murmured: i have the worst back acne and it's super obvious cause over time it's scarred and oh my god we have swimming lessons in a couple days and we have to wear the school bathers which are open backed and you can see it's so bad and i have the worst self confidence/body image i'm so terrified of people seeing it! any way to make it go down or disappear a bit quickly? i cant wear a rashie or anything bc it draws attention to me and i freak out more
I mean you could wear a t-shirt / rash-vest and just say that you don’t wanna get burnt? if not then there are products you can use to reduce the appearance of scars (eg. bio-oil) but it’s not something that will magically work in a few days ):
however — there’s an exfoliating scrub that I use called St Ives Apricot scrub that seems to do wonders for my skin! it doesn’t work to reduce scars and the like, but it can definitely help to reduce acne (: again though it’s not something that will work to make your skin perfect in a few days time, if you don’t want people to see your back then I think your only option is to wear a rash-vest to cover it. <3
I work in a pharmacy, so I thought I’d pitch in too.
Like Tash said, Bio Oil is good. 100000/10 recommend it. I have it myself and it’s good for reducing the visibility of scars and stretch marks, evening out skin tone, and it’s just really light so you can use it where your skin is dry. Obviously it’s not going to work in a day, you have to use it in the morning and evening consistently before you get any results.
As for other products you could try, go for Botani Rescue Acne Cream, Cetaphil DermaControl Face Wash, and Phisohex. If you use Phisohex, make sure to use a moisturiser afterwards because it dries out the skin.
Obviously all these things will take a while before they have an significant effect on your skin, and you will have worse days because come on, we’re growing up, we have bad skin days. But in terms of your swimming lessons, while you’re in the water, nobody is going to be looking at your back. Unless somebody is holding you while you’re doing a doggy paddle, you’re fine. Nobody is going to be checking for blemishes, everyone will be there to swim.
As for not wearing a rashie because it’ll draw attention to you - again, nobody will care. Seriously. Everybody has different preferences, and no one will question it. Once you’re in the water, everyone will have forgotten that you’re wearing one. If this would help you feel less self-conscious about the back acne and scarring, please wear one. You should feel comfortable.
Deep breaths, hun. It’ll be okay.