Affordable Solutions for Chest & Back Acne/Bacne

I’ve been asked so many times about back acne. Most of them were teens so I wanted this list to feature affordable products. I still get bacne, one or two blemishes when it’s the time of the month. Here’s a list to help you reduce them while lightening the spots.


Kojie San Kojic Acid Soap

images-1I always recommend this because it’s effective. I personally use this and I like it. It dries up zits quickly and prevents dark spots. Hyperpigmentation is another problem with chest and back acne. Why not solve two problems at the same time, right? Look for a product with dual-function to get your money’s worth. You can get it for as low as 50 pesos depending on the weight and set quantity.


Belo Tranexamic Kojic Soap

images-2Another kojic-based soap but this time it has Tranexamic Acid. It’s stronger compared to Kojie San in my opinion. It also has lactic and salicylic acid. It has dual function too; treats and whitens. Belo is one of the most famous clinics in the Philippines. Luckily, we dont have to get it in their clinic. It’s sold in supermarkets and drugstores too. It’s 60 pesos per bar.


Snoe Shoozit Spray Me From Behind

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It fights body blemishes with Anti-Acne PUREFIX-DC and pore-clearing Salicylic Acid. These powerful antibacterial agents purify skin from head-to-toe for an acne-fighting advantage wherever you need it. It is gentle enough for daily use. It’s 349 pesos for 100ml.


DIY Salicylic & Tea Tree Spray

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If you’re masipag, you can make your own bacne spray. Get a spray bottle and pure salicylic acid at the drugstore. Rhea is famous for that. There’s below 20 pesos, 40 pesos depending on the size. Affordable, isn’t it? They have 10% salicylic acid. I wont recommend using it alone since it’s strong. Mix it with water and estimate how concetrated you’d like it to be. Dont forget to do a patch test first.

A mild option is tea tree spray. I recommend Human Nature’s Tea Tree Heritage Oil. It’s 295 pesos for 30ml. Mix it with water. You can use the oil alone if someone can apply it for you…. Cause it’s quite difficult to reach our back area.

You can also try apple cider vinegar spray. Mix it with water because it’s strong too. ACV smells quite funky so consider that if you’re sensitive to scents. The most raved ACV of Bragg’s is available in Healthy Options for 230 pesos.


I hope this will be helpful to someone out there. I know you guys are searching this topic. I can see it in my stats. Haha. What’s your favorite anti-acne treatment? We’d like to know. 😉

By the way, I updated my list of Face Masks Under 500 pesos for Oily and Acne Prone Skin. Click here to read it.

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Face Masks under ₱500 ($10) for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

Here’s another list for Under 500. I was looking for masks to try since my favorite is always out of stock. Can you guess what it is?

I prefer masks in tubs. You’ll get the most out of them. Usually they weigh 40-100g. That will last for 2-6 months or even more if used once or twice a week… especially those in powder form.

I selected products that I think have more beneficial ingredients for the skin compared to others. And by that I mean little or no chemicals. The best thing is 4 out of 5 products in this list are from Philippine/local brands.


Snoe White Vitamin C Rich Calamansi Detox Clay Mask (40g) – ₱249

63282272bf96f5135f75ae2413260adbCalamansi is rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA). It is a natural astringent that can eliminate blackheads and can dry up pimples. This mas is made of pure botanicals, herbs and select ingredients like activated bamboo charcoal and kaolin. It absorbs impurities and control excess oil to detoxify and renew your skin from deep within. Revitalize skin and help protect against the appearance of aging.


Nekkid Manila Green Tea & Tea Tree Mud Mask (100g) – ₱400

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The perfect mud mask for oily skin or acne-prone skin! This mud dries up and heals pimples fast without over drying the skin or dehydrating it which can cause more breakouts. Green Clay balances the skin and only attacks acne. What we love about this mask is that you can apply is for bacne (back-acne) as well! Ingredients: French Green Clay, Green Tea Leaves, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Essential Oil


Nekkid Manila Oatmeal & Chamomile Tea Mud Mask (100g) – ₱400

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This is our original mask (and a best seller too!), a blend of colloidal oatmeal mixed with bentonite clay which is very hydrating to the skin. Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal, Bentonite Clay, Chamomile Tea Leaves, Chamomile Essential Oil, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin E


Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (454g) – ₱420

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Clays have been used for centuries to beautify and refresh when used as a facial mask. This deep pore cleansing, 100% natural healing clay will leave your skin feeling refreshed and clear. 100% Bentonite Clay. Beneficial for facials, acne, body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, chilled clay for knee packs. Can be used with water or apple cider vinegar. Available at Healthy Options.


Lush Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty (120g) -₱425

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I had to include this. Of course it’s my favorite. Makes dirt a distant memory. It isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created this to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin.


Clay What You Want Whitening Detox Drying Mask (40g) – ₱499

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A super-cleansing detox whitening mask that will help clear acne eruptions. This activated bamboo charcoal clay mask dries out existing pimples and oil and helps clarify problematic, acne-prone skin. Contains crown wood fern, moringa and tea tree oil.


Although they wont feel drying, remember they are all clay-based. Clays are very detoxifying. Depending on your skin, use them once or twice a week only even if you dont experience dryness. Just to maintain skin’s ph level while cleansing.

Dupes for Mario Badescu’s Best Sellers

A lot of my blog’s readers are mostly students and those who are on a budget like me. This is a bonus post since it’s my birthday today. I want to share some products which I’m targeting to get. Those shouldnt be kept as secret. Haha.

Mario Badescu is known for their anti-acne treatments. The brand is quite expensive for me. I thought I should share dupes of their best-selling Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. These are spot treatments and priced at 1,095 pesos ($23) each based on Rustan’s Website. If you want to save a few bucks, keep on reading. 🙂

Let’s see their descriptions first

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion: Specially formulated for oily, troubled skin, our effective overnight Buffering Lotion helps clear painful, under-the-skin blemishes while preventing further breakouts. Contains gentle ingredients to normalize skin and help reduce the size of blemishes.Read More »

Massive Empties for 2015 + Announcement

I dont know why I still keep the packagings and boxes even if I used them up already. Is it just me?

Some empties are not included in the photo but I’ve finished them this year. As usual, they are categorized. This is also a recap of my previous reviews. I will link all my reviews so you can check them out.

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Makeup remover:

Cleanser:

Toner:

Mask:

  • LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving – review here

Moisturizer:

Spot Treatment:

Acne scar/pit Treatment (for newly formed scars):

Soap:

Makeup:

  • MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth Shine Free Do-It-All Foundation – review here
  • MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth All In One Shine-Free Foundation – review here
  • TONY MOLY Face Mix Cover Pot Concealer – review here

This is my last post for 2015. I hope you’re enjoying the rest of the holiday season! Happy new year in advanced. See you in 2016! 🙂

Btw, I’m going to have local giveaways next year. Philippine residents can join for now. Just to celebrate and say thank you to all my blog’s readers. One or two of my top commenters (which are PH residents) will automatically receive goodies aside from the giveaway winners. Thank you for the support guys! I truly appreciate it. I might even have international giveaways. Who knows? 🙂

Wish List: Products for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

Hi readers! I’m feeling festive since September! I’ve listed products that I’m very interested to try out. I’ll probably get them real soon. I’m in a “haul ban” because I bought a lot of stuff these past few months. I’m most interested in these products. I still have a long list. I just dont want to have a long post.

Most products mentioned below are specifically for oily and acne prone skin. I categorized them according to their use; cleanser, moisturizer, mask, spot treatment and sunscreen. The prices are included too in case you’re interested. 🙂

CLEANSERS

THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash – P395
I saw this in their store last Christmas season when I got the tea tree facial wash and toner. I searched for reviews on it. Bloggers say that it really does not dry out their skin / no tight feeling.
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SNOE Shoo-zit! Wash Away Those Zits Deep Cleansing Acne Wash – P349
I want to try this for SO long. It has few ingredients but some of them are antibacterial for acne like honey, salicylic acid, mulberry and Purefix. There are other cleansers that have few ingredients too but are useless and do not even clean the skin.
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 MOISTURIZERS

LUSH Enzymion – approx. P1,200
I watched Lush hauls and their SAs recommended Enzymion for Youtubers who have oily skin. From the reviews, this cream mattifies the skin. It has cocoa butter, avocado oil and evening primrose oil. Hmmmm, I’m not sure about that. We’ll see if ever a generous SA will give me a sample.
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LUSH Full of Grace serum bar – £8.25 (approx. P586.46)
A serum in a solid form? This is such an innovative idea in my opinion. It has 2 butters which aren’t really for oily skin but I still want to try it. Why? because it has calamine powder. Calamine powder is the main ingredient in my holy grail cleanser. Maybe I should get this when I’m older.. older meaning less oily skin. 😉 This is not available in the Philippines. I’ll order from the U.K. website if ever since they have cheaper price compared to our neighbor countries.
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LUSH Vanishing Cream – approx. P1,500
They claim that this is their lightest moisturizer. Most youtubers who have oily skin love it. They said it sinks in quickly. It has witch hazel and rose water to calm the skin. But it has butter and oils just like Enzymion, Full of Grace and other Lush moisturizers. I hope I’ll get a sample one day before I can finally decide to get a full size pot.
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BURT’S BEES Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion – P1,450
I was randomly browsing an online shop and saw this. It has salicylic acid, willow bark extract and witch hazel. Those 3 ingredients are tempting me. There are also other ingredients that I’m not familiar with so I’m still skeptical to get a full size bottle. Why are the stores in the Philippines rarely give out samples? 😦

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MASK

MARIO BADESCU Drying Mask – P1,145
I was looking for other face masks with calamine since I can’t get my hands on Lush’s Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask. This one has few ingredients and it has what I’m looking for! It’s only 50g though.
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SPOT TREATMENT

SNOE Shoo-zit! Dip & Dry Acne Drying Lotion – P449
This is like your Etude House and Mario Badescu spot treatment. The only difference is its affordability. You’ll get the same 20ml. Dip a cotton bud and gently apply it on the spots.
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SUNSCREEN

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30 – P815
My skin is so thin especially on the face. I get dark spots easily even if I dont touch blemishes. I have never used a sunscreen in my life aside from makeup’s spf. I know it’s bad. I’m skeptical to use one. My skin is not used to creams and  it can only handle up to spf 30. Based on the reviews, this VMV product doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.

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Review: SNOE Shoozit Buff The Magic Tonic Cystic Buffering Solution

Happy Saturday! Today’s review is about a product made by a Filipino brand. Snoe Beauty is known for their high quality products and quirky packagings. They are following skincare and makeup trends. That makes them one of the most advanced local brands.

I was looking for a spot treatment that will last long. I visited Snoe’s website for options. I found out they have a pink powder spot thingy which is more affordable compared to foreign brands. But I got this one instead since it targets cystic acne. 😊 Its name reminds me of Puff The Magic Dragon. Kyuhyun sang that during SS2/SS3. 😅😂

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What is it?
Raging hormones create more bumps ahead. Get some back up with BUFF the Magic Tonic to smoothen challenging cystic acne attacks. SHOO-ZIT Buff the Magic Tonic is specifically designed to treat large deep cystic acne. This buffering lotion covers large erupted areas for overall treatment. Formulated with nourishing B vitamins and amino acids for healthy skin as well as Purefix-DC to promote healing. Reduce cystic acne fast with this deep penetrating fast absorbing formula.
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My Top 5 Spot Treatment Products For Acne

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Hello readers! This is my first time to do a Top 5 post. I’ve tried a lot of spot treatments for acne. I guess I can now sort them out and list the products that works best on my skin. These products can eliminate acne within a week based on my experience. Well of course the cystic ones would take longer since they are under the skin. I’ve included the prices so you can select which one fits your budget.
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