Banish Bacne: Wipes Edition
I am in a constant battle with my bacne. I hoped I would grow out of it, but whenever I stop being diligent is rears it's ugly head. The most effective weapon in my arsenal is wipes. Doesn't matter what kind. (I have baby wipes, Trader Joe's Micellar Wipes and some amazing smelling L'Oreal Anti-Aging wipes stashed in all my various bags as we speak.)
The trick is two-fold: pressure and expediency. I say pressure because wipes are the dark horse of the beauty world for face. The manual exfoliation caused by rubbing with the pre-soaked fibers is too strong for most peoples' delicate facial skin, leading to over-drying and irritation. But body skin is different. It's thicker and tougher. It responds incredibly well to a coarser scrubbing (especially if you're battling breakouts.) Moreover, in summer - with SPF, sweat, fabrics - getting that stuff out of your skin before it has a chance to attract bacteria and infection works wonders for me in keeping the bumps at bay.
After a workout class? Wipes. During a fun day outside? You may find me in the bathroom doing a quick wipe-down of my trouble zones. I give myself basically a 5-minute window (I didn't make this up, I read it in an interview with Karlie Kloss) between when I have finished my sweat session and when it's time to either shower or break out the wipes.
When I do it, my back looks like this.** When I don't? Well, let's just say I won't be posting pictures of that to the internet. ;)
Dress is from Calypso St. Barth, scored for $20 at my fave thrift store | Shoes by Matiko
**No editing of any kind was done to this photo...