Planning a wedding in London. Is there anything I can do about back acne and bumps on my arms?
My apologies for the delay on this one. But ladies…….. please……..if you have a skin problem that needs to be fixed before your wedding, try to start 6-12 months ahead!!!
But I’m a realist and you only have a couple of months so……. here are some things to consider.
- Are you sure this is acne both sites – acne is rare on the arms and fairly common on the back? Did your dermatologist see these and did he/she think you might also have keratosis pilaris? This is a common, inherited skin condition often found on the backs of the arms. It’s treated differently than acne so it’s important to know. See your doctor!!
- Also, it sounds like the acne is fairly quiet on your back now but even if you get just 4-5 lesions a month, they will heal with a brown spot so please get the acne treated if you want to wear a backless wedding dress. Use a 5% salicylic acne wash (a drugstore product) with a soft, long handled brush while you are waiting to see your dermatologist. If you get irritated, stop the wash.
- Also at the drugstore, they often have a back medication applicator with a long handle so you can reach that area more easily to apply medication.
- If it really is just stubborn brown spots on your back that have been there for years, consider the Fraxel Dual laser (link here) but be sure to find a expert clinic to do this.
Hope this helps. Dr. I