Moni Moni emailed me asking to touch on some of the “taboo” running subjects (that are more embarrassing than off limits) so I’ll try to mention whatever I think of every few posts.
The first thing: bacne, the dreaded body and back acne.
When you’re sweating (from exertion or heat) and wearing tight fitting clothes like a sports bra, it’s a perfect breeding ground for acne including the coveted bacne.
I get it and it is awesome. Oh wait, I thought we were talking about buttne, that’s way better.
To avoid pimpleback, change out of your sweaty clothes and shower as soon as possible. If you can’t shower, use a cleansing wipe like a ShowerPill athletic wipe or a makeup remover cloth.
Possibly try wearing looser fitting clothes as well (obviously a loose sports bra wouldn’t work.)
When showering, use an anti-bacterial acne body wash or soap. I like the St. Ives apricot scrub. Ok, I admit, I actually buy the Western Family off brand.
I also like to use Stridex acne pads after I towel off; they’re really easy to use everywhere on your body and I think they help keep my back a little less Mount Vesuvius.
I bought them at Walmart for about $4 and use them daily.
Lastly, your dermatologist can prescribe an oral medication like tetracycline that can really help improve acne or bacne.
So that’s that on that subject. I think it’s all pretty self-explanatory, obvious stuff, but when your back/chest looks like a pepperoni pizza just from running alone, you want any advice you can get. I know.