Help Me Come Up With A Portmanteau For Shoulder Acne

I have it, and it's not cute, so I at least need a cute word for it. Plus, the 2 products I'm using to try to get rid of if because--did I mention?--it's not cute.
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May 1, 2013
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acne, neutrogena, breakouts, zits, bacne, salicylic acid, body acne, Alba Botanica, portmaneaus, shoulders

This article isn't going to have many photos. Sure, xoVain is all about "no beauty secrets," which is why I'm candidly telling you that I currently have a ferocious breakout on my shoulders. But I'm most definitely NOT taking and posting pictures of it.

Sorry, and you're welcome.

It all started about a month ago. I noticed a couple zits on my back, and I chalked it up to needing to wash the bra I wear most often. But then, it spread with a vengeance all over my shoulders, up to where they meet my neck around the sides and back.

I have shoulderne. Shacne? Shouldacne?

I've never had a breakout like this in this particular area. I'm lucky that I almost never go sleeveless. If this breakout was all over my chest, I'd have nothing to wear; most of my clothing is a décolletage-friendly, and some of the wider necklines show the "activity" I've got going on if I don't wear my hair down.

Maybe wearing my hair down a lot is part of the problem? I can't think of anything else that touches my shoulders as consistently as my hair, so I'm going to switch up some products to see if that makes a difference.

I also picked up (yes, bought, with my very own cashpapers) Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads. With 60 pads packing 2% salicylic acid, it definitely seems like the most treatment--in potency and quantity--for the money.

Twice a day, I wipe the textured side of the little round pads on both shoulders--one wipe per shoulder. It actually smells and feels pretty nice!

I immediately started noticing a difference in the frequency of new blemishes, and some of the bigger ones' … uh… life cycle came to a quicker end? (I honestly just don't want people picturing big ol' whiteheads on my shoulders. I would like to have sex again at some point.)

In the shower, I'm using Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Face & Body Scrub, which also contains 2% salicylic acid. The scrub's dark brown color is a little jarring, but not as much as… you know… zits covering my shoulders.

Amazingly, even though I'm using two products with 2% salicylic acid, my shoulders haven't gotten over-dry. I would welcome that compared to the bumpy, tender redness I've got going on right now.

I currently have one--ONE--zit on my face, and it's a wuss, so I'm not quite sure what's making my shoulders break out with a vengeance while the rest of my zit potential isn't being met. Phew? I guess?

I'll keep you updated on the zittiness of my shoulders, but in the meantime, let me know if you've ever dealt with shoulder acne. I'm thinking I may be the only person with shoulder acne ever--wouldn't there be a popular portmanteau like bacne or neckne if it was more common? I AM SUCH A RARE, BLEMISHED FLOWER.