A Blemish Fighting Bodywash


Dealing with pimples and acne on your face growing up was bad enough. Just when you thought it had all cleared up, you realize that it didn't go away, it just moved from your face to your arms, back and thighs.

It's hard to feel comfortable without your clothes on, even if you're jacked as all hell, if you suffer from the dreaded bacne. Fear not, gents – just as you use a special face wash to treat blemishes on your face, you can use a special bodywash to clear up blemishes on your body.

Irish Spring, the maker of the go-to masculine smelling soap every college freshman buys, has just introduced a bodywash specifically intended to treat and prevent breakouts on your body's problem areas. The bodywash integrates 2% Salicylic Acid, one of a very few over-the-counter acne fighting ingredients that is actually proven to work.

I touched base with dermatologist Dr. Jeff Benabio from thedermoblog.com to find out his thoughts on effectiveness and proper use.

“You can use salicylic acid to treat body acne or keratosis pilaris,” he said, but as for using it on your whole body, it's “best only on affected areas.” Which makes sense, since body wash goes a lot of places I wouldn't want to aggravate. Salicylic acid can possibly irritate and redden skin in some folks, better limit its usage to where you need it. Dr. Benabio mentioned most people should limit washing with it to 2-3 times a week, versus everyday.

The Irish Spring version retails for $3.99 and is available at mass retail and grocery stores beginning in March.

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  • Reply February 15, 2012


    Acne is a tricky subject. I too had acne when I was a teenager, but it faded in my late adolescence only to reemerge more severely when I was 22/23. I didn’t struggle with bacne, but instead broke out on my forehead, chin and neck. It was devastating and I hated it.

    However, it was through researching my plight I was able to make changes to my lifestyle,body and self. Long story short, my acne cleared up, my skin is looking great and my life was changed for the better. All this was done by adjusting my diet, personal hygiene and habits.

    It is probably too long of a story for a single comment, but if you are struggling with acne (or other skin issues) the thing you have to remember is your skin is an organ (the largest of your body actually) and it knows how to properly maintain itself. Using cosmetic products “might” soothe what is on the surface, but you usually need to get to the root of the cause to solve the problem.

    If you are struggling clearing up acne, I’d be open to talking with you or pointing you to resources I used. Just let me know! We are all in this together, to be better men.

  • Reply February 17, 2012


    Wow … compare that to the price of ProActive … and if the product actually works it’s an amazing deal. ProActive requires you to become a member (by purchasing their starter kit) and then gives you access to the rest of the catalog including acne body washes. I hope this product is available in Canada.

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