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.