How To Banish Body Acne — For Real, This Time

Hey guys, great news: It turns out body acne doesn't magically disappear after high school, despite paying our dues in four years of awkwardness. We're not going to sugar-coat this one — body acne just plain stinks. It's especially problematic in the summer, when the heat forces us to wear as little clothing as possible. (We've got a whole closet full of open-backed shirts because our occasional chestne flare-ups preclude us from showing any cleavage.)
But, this summer, things are gonna change. We've been eyeing a whole rack of bustiers for months, and we will wear them. These are the best breakout-fighting treatments out there, with blemish-battling ingredients that clear up even the most troublesome spots — promise.
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If there's someone who knows our acne issues, it's Mario Badescu. The powerful astringent is strictly suitable only for body acne and takes its job pretty seriously. The extra strength formula heals and calms aggressive flare ups. Let your face take a pass on this one.

Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion O, $15-$45, available at Mario Badescu.
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Moisturizer? For body acne? It seems counterintuitive, but this lotion is formulated with lemongrass, witch hazel, goldenseal, and hops to banish blemishes and control oil buildup.

Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $18, available at Burt's Bees.
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We won't have to forgo strapless tops completely with The Body Shop's concealer. This stick wax-based formula effectively covers redness and blemishes, without irritating sensitive skin.

The Body Shop Concealer, $11, available at The Body Shop.
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We're always buzzing about exciting Kiehl's products, and this salicylic acid spot treatment is nothing short of amazing. The gel is applied precisely to target blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes, dry them out, and effectively clear the skin. It's like the search and destroy of acne solutions. And, if that's not enough, it also prevents new ones.

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Spot Treatment, $18, available at Kiehl's.
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We're big fans of good ol' fashioned bar soap. This one gets extra bonus points for its ability to splash away dirt and unclog pores. Tank tops, here we come!

Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body, $14.50, available at Clinique.
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Sometimes we wish we could take a magic wand and wipe away our body acne. These body pads are kind of like that. The medicated wipes are formulated with salicylic acid to treat even the most stubborn blemishes.

Proactiv Solution Clear Zone Body Pads, $21.75, available at Proactiv.
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Glytone's spray is perfect for treating those hard-to-reach places where acne lingers — in between shoulder blades, for instance. It cleanses away dead skin cells, which keeps pores from getting all clogged up.

Glytone Acne Treatment Back Spray, $34, available at Dermstore.
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This body wash contains salicylic acid to treat body acne — and it won't over-dry your skin, either.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash in Pink Grapefruit, $7.49, available at Neutrogena.
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