By the time I turned 30, I assumed my days of back breakouts would be over. Frustratingly, nearly four years on that's still not the case – and summer heat and humidity only seem to make my back acne worse.
Recently, I was tipped off by a beauty editor friend about a new shower gel that was worth trying.
Frankly when my skin is sore, red and breaking out, I'll try anything. Including the pumice stone I once grabbed in the shower in desperation when I was 13. Not mine, or my skin's, finest moment but – when your friends are all wearing strappy tops – persistent back acne can feel cruel and unrelenting.
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Ever since, I've tried product after product promising the clear skin I've always dreamed of. And some have come close. I'm a big fan of The Body Shop's Tea Tree Body Wash (£7.50), for example, which is soap-free and gently lifts oil without stripping the skin.
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But, Nivea's Clay Fresh Body Wash is hands-down one of the best products for back acne I've stumbled across. And no, this isn't a sponsored post!
Just three days after adding the body wash to my shower routine in the morning, and after working out, I'd noticed a real difference. My skin was smoother with less spots, and much less red too.
Apparently this is all down to the calming kaolin clay extract in the formula, which is known for cleansing, detoxifying and soothing inflamed, blemish-prone skin.
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You might think a clay formula would be heavy on the skin, but Nivea's body wash glides on, lifts impurities from the pores rather than clogging and doesn't leave a hint of stickiness. For the first time ever, my back feels soft and smooth bar the odd hot weather pimple.
It's also available in three different scents, including refreshing ginger and basil and relaxing blue agave and lavender. I've tried them all, and for the last six weeks have been hooked on the summery hibiscus and white sage.
The best part is Nivea Clay Body Wash is currently half-price at Boots, so well worth a try if back acne is also getting you down. Good job really, because those 90s strappy tops are back – and this time around, I'm determined to wear one with confidence.
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