After a Decade of Agonizing Over My Bacne, I'm Finally Learning to Accept the Skin I'm In

The thought of wearing a tank top isn’t something that should cause anyone anxiety, but for me, it does. I’ve always had acne, but thankfully, I figured out a routine on how combat my face breakouts over the years. When it comes to my body acne however, I’ve experienced a lot of up and downs; it has caused me stress and insecurity.

Sometimes I scroll through my Instagram feed of girls in beautiful backless dresses or tops and I think to myself, I wish I could wear that. Or the even more angry thought pops into my head like, Why do these girls have incredibly spotless backs?! Even at the age of 29, I often have to remind myself that Instagram beauty isn’t always reality. I also get these feelings when I’m shopping. I find myself looking for racerback tank tops instead of spaghetti straps, because I think, “Oh, those will cover all my pimples and scars.” The constant worry of people noticing my “bacne” is always on my mind.

My body acne first starting appearing when I was a teenager and has been recurring throughout the years. I remember really struggling with it in my early 20s, then it vanished for a few years, but now it’s back and more prominent than ever. I come up with constant theories in my mind for why it’s reappearing . . . is it because I’m turning 30? Maybe it’s because I’m sleeping on back? Perhaps it’s because I work out and sweat so much? The truth is, I should just stop stressing about it, but the constant pressures of having to appear perfect at every angle makes that hard.

I’ve tried a slew of body washes and soaps to help combat these often painful breakouts and nothing has made it 100-percent disappear. I did eventually find the Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap ($8) that has really calmed my skin down. It doesn’t erase everything, but I’m thankful to have finally found a product my skin responds to.

It took me a long time to realize the real issue wasn’t finding the right product, it was accepting that breakouts happen and everyone deals with skin problems. I’m pretty sure no one is scoping out my back the way I think they are, and that’s something I have to keep reminding myself. I found that the more I opened up about it to friends and coworkers, the more I understand that so many other people struggle with the same issue makes me feel less insecure. Even my boyfriend deals with bacne sometimes. The more I learned that it isn’t just me, the easier it is to accept it and stop singling myself out to feel bad.

If this is something that’s been on your mind too, you can know that you’re not alone. I’m thankful I’ve created a routine that works for my face, and a product that helps my back breakouts. It’s not entirely better, but that’s OK. There’s no point in worrying about being “perfect,” because that doesn’t exist. I even just bought myself a new “normal” tank top that I can wear this summer, putting my back on full display.

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Here Are the Top-Rated Products at Sephora For Pimples, Pores, and Scars

Here Are the Top-Rated Products at Sephora For Pimples, Pores, and Scars

Acne is a bummer, whether it shows up on your big day . . . or just a Monday. Chances are you’ve had to deal with it at some point in your life. (That’s why you’re reading this, right?) Whether the problem is hormonal, cystic, or something else entirely, it’s pretty safe to say no one is excited when they see a new pimple in the mirror.

Now’s the time to break up with breakouts for good. Here are top-rated products to add to your clear skin arsenal, straight from Sephora.

You’ll find solutions to brighten and treatments to lighten (old scars), not to mention products that exfoliate skin and zap zits. There’s even makeup for pimple-prone skin, too.

If you’re ready to stage an acne attack (that’s an attack on acne, not of acne), find the blemish-blasting products from Sephora that other shoppers are loving ahead.

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Luxury designer Virgil Abloh slammed for donating a measly $50 to protesters’ bail fund

That’s it?

Protesters ignited by the death of George Floyd are dragging luxury designer Virgil Abloh for being cheap in supporting their cause. Abloh, 39, is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the trendy label Off-White.

Abloh posted on his Instagram Stories that he had donated $50 to protesters in need of bail money during the days-long upheaval across the country. In Los Angeles, the RSVP Gallery, which sells his brand, was looted.

“The Miami community ~ I’m crazy inspired. For kids in the streets that need a bail funds [sic] for George Floyd protests,” he wrote in the Story, along with a string of posts about the looting taking place at luxury shops like his. “If it heals your pain, you can have it” he wrote in one story.

Other celebrities have publicly shared their donation amounts or support for the movement in recent days — Chrissy Teigen upped her original $100,000 donation to a bailout fund to $200,000 after receiving backlash from her followers.

Twitter erupted with anger over Abloh’s modest contribution — some even briefly changed his Wikipedia page to read Virgil “Cheap Ass” Abloh and Virgil “50$” Abloh. Critics pointed out that the contribution is about the same cost as a set of Off-White markers — on sale.

The Post has reached out to Louis Vuitton for comment.

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How I Finally Embraced My Androgynous Style

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First let me preface this story with one cold, hard fact: I’m in my 40s. I am not and never was a supercool, 20-something lesbian with an awesome sense of style and an even more awesome wardrobe (think Ruby Rose — I sure do, A LOT). The truth is, when I was in my 20s, I was far too afraid to be who I wanted to be, to dress how I wanted to dress, and to quit giving a sh*t what other people thought. The older I got and the more confident I became with the person I was, the less I cared about what others thought. I let too many years go by trying to be someone else, being uncomfortable in my skin and in my clothes. But I’m proud to say that I’ve finally developed a sense of style that doesn’t just allow me to hold my head up, it also gives me the confidence that conforming to social norms never did.

I’ve never been a girlie girl. My whole life I have been the epitome of a tomboy. For as long as I can remember — long before I knew I was gay at age 18 — I have struggled to find clothes I was comfortable in. At primary school dances, when every other little girl was wearing a dress, I couldn’t think of anything worse. One year, I went in (homemade) MC Hammer pants and a t-shirt with the words “Talk Is Cheap.” Even though it was the ’80s, trust me: this was still an unfortunate fashion choice. I can recall very vividly going to visit my grandma when I was around 9 or 10. I was wearing plaid pants, a long-sleeve top of some description, and a bowler-style hat. My grandma turned to my mum and said, “Who is this little boy you brought with you?” Thanks very much, Grandma. #asshole. May she rest in peace.

I didn’t want to dress like a boy, I wanted to dress like me, but I didn’t know what that meant or how to do it. The struggle was often and it was real. I graduated from high school in the mid-’90s, when only your mum wore pantsuits and not cute ones, so those were definitely out. For my high school formal, well, I’m just going to leave this here:

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For the better part of my early 20s, I worked in bars and restaurants, where the dress code was jeans, t-shirts, black pants, white shirts — now that I could do. When I landed my first corporate job at 26, I had nothing that would pass for professional, so I bought a whole lot of really boring office clothes that I didn’t feel comfortable in. I wore wide-leg pants, high heels, and blouses (that is a dreadful word, BTW), but I stopped short of skirts, because even I had a line I wouldn’t cross. But otherwise, I was nailing it! (That was sarcasm, in case you couldn’t tell.)

Then, I got invited to my first formal awards dinner. I remember feeling complete dread. I don’t wear dresses, I didn’t even own any dresses, so I did the obvious thing and borrowed one from my girlfriend. Because, I thought, that’s what girls are supposed to wear to these things, right? There was no part of me that thought to question that. So I put on the pink (yes, pink!) dress and went to the dinner. Although I looked feminine and not at all out of place amongst all the other girls in their pretty dresses, I felt ridiculous, strange, and awkward, like I was playing dress-up and playing a part that should never have been given to me. This happened no fewer than five times, and I did the same thing, every time, though thankfully I had enough friends who owned dresses, so the pink dress only made one appearance.

I have included another photo for your horror/amusement:

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Over time, I started to shift my style: I bought less-feminine button-down shirts and V-neck sweaters from the likes of Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, and Ann Taylor. The heels on my shoes got lower and the pant legs a little narrower. I also moved to Atlanta from my hometown in Australia and was now working in a suburban office full of straight, white, male, Republican types. Diversity wasn’t exactly top of mind, so fitting in was the safest route at first. But it also allowed for a new start, a reinvention of sorts. I was unknown, and there were no preconceptions.

A couple of years later, at age 33, I went to a women’s leadership course where they talked about the importance of your personal brand and what it says about you. For the first time, I started to realize that my clothes were about way more than just what I was wearing; they embodied who I was and how I wanted to be seen. That was an important message, and I heard it loud and clear.

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I was already starting to find my style, but now I was focused even more on feeling good about how I looked and felt. My wardrobe grew to include a lot of suit jackets, which I’m still very partial to. You can pair those with anything! I also discovered skinny jeans (the perfect androgynous pant style) and a love of ties, vests, and short-sleeved button-downs. I even stole a few pieces from my dad when I went back home to Adelaide. Turns out, the old man had some pretty cool stuff.

But I quickly realized that the stores I was used to shopping in didn’t sell the clothes I wanted to wear. I started looking in the men’s section, which ignited an internal struggle: women aren’t supposed to shop in the men’s section, right? Or so says society (and my mother). Not only that, but men’s clothes don’t exactly fit right; they have areas for bits we don’t have, their arms are longer, their shoulders are broader, and even if the pants fit around the waist, the legs are too long. Then, even if everything else fits right, there’s my enormous D-cup chest to work into the equation! But despite the challenges of the men’s section, f*ck me if the clothes aren’t SO much cooler than the offerings for the nongirlie girl in the women’s section. So I persevered.

I started off poring over the pages of Qwear, described as “a style website for people who transcend social norms through fashion performance and gender expression.” Not only did it confirm that there are hundreds of women like me who don’t conform to the norm, but it also gave me some great outfit ideas that I probably wouldn’t have come up with myself and sure as hell wouldn’t have been brave enough to try without seeing someone else pull it off. Then I discovered Topman, and my whole world changed for the better. I have no hips and the ass of a 10-year-old boy, and it’s almost like their clothes are designed for me. Topman quickly became my go-to store and it still is. I love their skinny dress pants for work, their shorts are a great length, and their capped tees are perfect for any occasion. I even had a personal stylist talk me into a pair of joggers. Although it is a menswear store, it is less masculine and more “me” than any menswear store I have ever been into.

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I found that my casual style transformed first. It became a combination of all things I loved: V-neck t-shirts (Urban Outfitters has a great selection), ties, vests, dress shorts paired with capped tees. I have quite the collection of suspenders and more short-sleeved button-downs than a high school physics teacher (although these often require a sports bra, due to the aforementioned D-cup). On my most casual days, I embrace the athleisure trend, so I can nod to my inner jock but still look stylish. I go with slip-on Vans or similar or my all-time favorite, Rocket Dogs. Most recently, I discovered Wildfang, a store just for people like me (seriously, check it out), where I bought my newest and most favored wardrobe item: a pair of drop-crotch pants that I absolutely love and now live in!

Pretty quickly, it was evident that my casual style and my professional style weren’t all that different, just with the addition of dress pants on more formal work occasions and suits when the time calls for it. For shoes, I favor oxfords with jeans and dress pants. I realized how far I had come when I was packing for a recent business trip. I work for a Fortune 500 company, and for the past five years I have attended our annual sales conference, where I’ve always played it safe. This year, without hesitation, I packed several pairs of Topman pants, my two favorite pairs of Ahnu oxfords (one in black and one in pale blue), suspenders, V-neck t-shirts, suit jackets, tailored vests, my new drop-crotch pants, and the most comfortable underwear I have ever worn, Hanes Mid-Thigh Women’s Boxer Briefs. Every morning I got dressed and headed out feeling confident and comfortable and not at all judged. And even if I was — I no longer cared.

That’s not to say I don’t still struggle, particularly when it comes to weddings. Needless to say, I can count on my fingers the number of times I have worn a dress. The previously mentioned dinners, plus the four times I have been a bridesmaid — I mean, there are some things you just gotta do, you know? But when planning my own wedding, I told my now-wife that I planned to wear a dress, because that’s the way I had always imagined it; that was the fairy tale. She looked at me with a look that is best described as a combination of confusion and terror. I think the conversation went something like this:

“Why would you wear a dress?”
“Because it’s my wedding and I’m a woman and that’s just how it is supposed to go. I want to feel beautiful on my wedding day too.”
“Do you feel comfortable in dresses?”
“Do you own any dresses?”
“Do you like how you feel in a suit?”
“Do you like how you look in a suit?”
“Honey, you’re not wearing a dress in our wedding.”
Case closed.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t continue to struggle with this. Even after all my fashion breakthroughs, this was one of the toughest moments I’ve had involving my sexual identity and coming to grips with my androgynous style. I didn’t want to be “the guy” in the wedding. I wanted to feel beautiful and special and I wanted to be the bride too. It sure didn’t help that my wife wouldn’t let me choose my own outfit, which meant she would see what I was wearing prior to the day (either she doesn’t like surprises or she doesn’t trust my style judgment — maybe wise). My mother-in-law was very matter of fact, explaining that keeping my wedding look secret was “not the way it works. You don’t get to see what the bride is wearing, not the other way around.” I may have cried over that one.

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In the end, I had a three-piece ivory suit custom-made, which I paired with a baby-pink tie and the most perfect pair of oxfords (see above). I looked and felt amazing. The truth is, the suit wasn’t in my fairy tale, but my wife was right: I wouldn’t have felt comfortable in a wedding dress, and I would have looked downright ridiculous! I let her wear the dress, but we both carried bouquets; we were both still the brides, after all.

Not long after our wedding, we were invited to a black-tie, Greek Orthodox wedding. This time, I didn’t question whether to dress like myself, and I sure as hell didn’t wear a pink dress! I marched my androgynous butt down to Topman and picked up the most badass pale-blue skinny suit. I paired it with white shoes and a black tie. I didn’t look like a dude, I didn’t look feminine, I just looked (and felt) like me, and this time I actually was nailing it.

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It’s taken me more than 10 years to figure out how I like to dress, and I’m done beating myself up over it. I still work in the same suburban corporate office surrounded by white, male Republicans, but I don’t feel the need to explain myself anymore. Because even if the way I look doesn’t fit their norm, it’s my norm. Not being feminine doesn’t make me a man; it doesn’t even make me butch. I love my androgynous style, but more importantly, it’s what suits me. I look good, I feel good, and at the end of the day, how I feel is all that matters.

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Bored at Home? Watch Dr. Pimple Popper’s Best Extraction Videos to Date

Bored at Home? Watch Dr. Pimple Popper’s Best Extraction Videos to Date

Whether you are a Dr. Pimple Popper fan or not, chances are you’ve seen at least one (if not more — hey, no judgement here) of her oozy cyst or blackhead extraction videos before. Regardless of their squirm-inducing nature, these short clips by dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, are not only universal (we’ve all had our challenges with blackheads and acne) but also strangely satisfying.

If you’re not sure what to watch next and are looking for a quick fix of satisfying pimple extractions, scroll through for some of her best (but also the gnarliest) pops to date. Forewarning: you might want to watch this after you eat your dinner for the night.

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13 Sexy Models Rocking Daisy Dukes To Perfection: Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin & More

Short shorts are one of the hottest trends of summer, and, with the warm weather fast approaching, these supermodels are showing us how to perfectly rock the look.

Daisy dukes are a favored trend amongst many celebrities, including supermodels like Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid and many more. With their long, lean legs, we don’t blame them for rocking short shorts so often, though. Hailey is often photographed out and about in Los Angeles while wearing daisy dukes. Whether she’s pairing the look with a crop top, sweatshirt, tank top or something else, she always looks amazing. Below, Hailey can be seen wearing high-waisted jean shorts with a white top, as well as a cool black leather jacket and white sneakers.

Meanwhile, photographers often catch Emily out in New York City in her daisy dukes. The actress loves throwing on a pair of daisy dukes to walk her dog. It’s the perfect ensemble for a quick trip outside in the summertime when these ladies are doing their best to beat the heat! Bella was photographed wearing her daisy dukes while out in the warm Miami air, and she kept cool by completing the look with a crop top and her hair slicked back into a bun. She also wore sunglasses and sneakers to finish off her ensemble.

One time, Bella’s sister, Gigi, stepped out for lunch with the girls’ mom, Yolanda Hadid, in a pair of jean shorts and a casual white t-shirt. Kendall also loves her daisy dukes — while out in L.A., she wore high-waisted shorts with a white jacket. You can check out all of these looks, as well as others from models like Sara Sampaio and Alessandra Ambrosio, who’ve also favored the daisy duke trend, in the gallery above!

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Nina Dobrev Gives Shaun White's Hair a 'Quarantine Cut' in Couple's Instagram Debut

The duo first sparked dating rumors back in March, when they were spotted riding bikes together in Malibu, California.

Dobrev and White were photographed on the bike ride, for which the Lucky Day star wore a black down jacket and leggings, while the Olympian wore sunglasses, a grey sweatshirt and carried a dog under one arm.

White has made an appearance on Dobrev's Instagram once before — though his face remained out of the frame.

In April, Dobrev shared a silly video of how she washes her groceries to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) — using White's arms instead of her own to demonstrate. While Dobrev didn't identify White in the video, eagle-eyed fans matched a visible tattoo to White's.

Dobrev has been sharing photos from a road trip throughout Utah, Arizona and Nevada on her Instagram over the past week.

"If you gotta stay away from people and stay at home, make your home a tent and go on a #QuaranTrip 🤷🏻‍♀️🚗💨," she wrote alongside one series of posts that showed her posing next to welcome signs for each state. This week she also shared posts tagged in Red Rock, Arizona, and Zion National Park in Utah.

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Saffron Barker launches first In the Style range this SUNDAY and here's what you can buy

PAYDAY is just around the corner, and if you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy then we have some good news.

Saffron Barker has partnered up with In The Style for a new collection and it launches Sunday.

The collection will launch on Sunday 31st May at 6pm – so mark that date in your diary now.

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The opening range is a loungewear collection inspired by all things bright and colourful, with a nod to Saffron's favourite trend, and everyone's favourite lock down hobby, tie dye.

The collection includes 41 pieces, featuring a mix of hoodies, joggers, bodies, t-shirts and shorts alike.

The affordable range also comes in sizes 6-24, making it more accessible than ever and is available from

Saffron has made her name as Youtuber since 2016, and now amasses a huge 7 million following, and since her appearance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last winter, she's gone from strength to strength.

Speaking about the collection, Saffron Barker said: "I am so proud to be working with In The Style on my very own clothing collection. It has been a total dream to work with Adam and the team because I am a huge fan of the brand and have personally shopped with them for years!

"We have been busy designing for about 6-months, so it has been a hard secret to keep. My debut collection is a tie dye summer themed lounge-wear range to get you through lockdown being comfy but looking good too.

"My second collection will be summer inspired too, but with a glamorous ‘Miami’ edge. I have given so much thought, attention and love to each piece, and I cannot wait to see pictures of my fans and followers wearing my pieces. It’s a major life highlight for me and a real pinch me moment!’

Saffron Baker is the latest in a glamorous line of brand ambassadors for In The Style, including Queen of the Jungle Jacqueline Jossa, Lottie Tomlinson, Billie Faiers and Lorna Luxe.


Topshop unveiled the new 2020 ‘it’ dress Willow and it’s perfect for effortless summer dressing.

Plus Fearne Cotton launched her Yoga range for Sweaty Betty and it looks amazing.

And cult favourite Vans have launched their Neon Collection – and here’s where you can buy them.

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Miami Plastic Surgeon Offering Drive-Thru Botox as Florida Lifts Coronavirus Restrictions

Businesses across the country are slowly starting to reopen after being locked down for weeks in an effort to curb the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many Americans are eager to get back to a more normal way of life, and for some, that even means making a trip to their plastic surgeon to get injected with wrinkle-reducing Botox.

Florida has been one of the first states in the nation to begin lifting restrictions on non-essential businesses, and so when Miami-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer, known as Dr. Miami, was considering the best way to see his patients, he decided to take his practice to the street.

Starting in late May, Dr. Salzhauer began booking drive-thru appointments outside of his Bal Harbour office to administer Botox — all in a matter of a few minutes.


"Just wear a mask, put your head out the car window," Dr. Salzhauer told Miami New Times. "Pull right on up. Five minutes. Boom, boom, Botox, and they're on their way."

RELATED: How Hair and Nail Salons Are Reopening During the Coronavirus Pandemic

After he began doing injections, Dr. Salzhauer posted some patient testimonials to his Twitter. "You're the eighth person on the planet to get Botox in a car. How do you feel?" he asked one woman who was icing her forehead after getting injected.

"Great. It was amazing. I loved it and it was painless. It was my first time," the patient replied.


According to Dr. Salzhauer's website, one drive-thru Botox session costs $300 and if a customer purchases two sessions at once for $600, they get a third for free. He currently doesn't offer any other injectables or procedures in the drive-thru setting other than Botox.

Once they select a time and date for their appointment, the patient must fill out a health history form to ensure they are not currently exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

Dr. Salzhauer told Miami New Times, "The demand hasn't stopped."

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