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Back Up Plan Acne Control Body Mist

3.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Versed’s Back Up Plan Acne Control Body Mist takes a great concept – conveniently treating body acne – and tries to run with it but falls down when it comes to making it actually work.

This spray acne treatment comes in clear plastic bottle, which isn’t as much of an issue here as in other products, as it doesn’t contain a large number of light-sensitive ingredients. The lightweight liquid inside absorbs quickly, with no residue left after it dries.

The spray action results in a fine mist as described, and you are able to successfully spray the product even if you have the bottle upside down to apply this on hard-to-reach areas (such as areas of bacne).

As advertised, the star ingredient here is 2% BHA (salicylic acid), a tried-and-true exfoliant that can tackle acne due to its ability to penetrate deep into pores. Unfortunately, it’s formulated here at a pH of 4.62, which is above the optimal range of between 3-4 for it to really work its exfoliating magic. While it still has some mild exfoliating properties, most of what you’ll get out of this is skin soothing and hydrating benefits (which BHA also has, regardless of its pH).

This also contains some additional calming ingredients, among them allantoin and licorice extract. There is a small bit of tea tree leaf extract, which in large amounts might have an antimicrobial impact on acne, but there isn’t enough here to really make a difference.

What is an issue is that this contains a high amount of witch hazel water. While not as concerning as witch hazel extract, the water form still has astringent properties (not to mention a small amount of drying alcohol) that can irritate skin. Irritation – even mild irritation – is something to avoid especially if you have acne, since its an inflammatory condition.

While this isn’t the worst product by any means, it simply doesn’t stack up to the alternatives you’ll find on our list of best acne treatments (which includes treatments for body acne as well).

  • Fluid formula is lightweight and absorbs quickly.
  • Spray action results in a fine mist, instead of large droplets.
  • Salicylic acid has soothing and hydrating properties.
  • Includes soothing allantoin and licorice extract.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Salicylic acid is at a pH higher than what’s optimal for exfoliation to occur.
  • Contains witch hazel water, which has the potential to irritation skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Breakouts happen here, there, and everywhere. But all those pesky blemishes from the neck down are about to meet their match. This superfine, easy-to-use mist treats and prevents body acne. Its 360-degree continuous spray (which comes in a non-aerosol bottle) gets even the hardest-to-reach spots using a powerful yet gentle combination of 2% salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel. Together the combination fights bacteria, controls excess oil, calms inflammation, and soothes redness. With a fast drying time and no residue left on clothing, it’s a must for summer, workout warriors, and anyone who’s ever had a hard-to-reach breakout.

2% Salicylic Acid, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Glycerth-26, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexlyglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.

Versed Skincare is the creation of Katherine Power, former West Coast fashion editor of Elle magazine and co-founder of the LA-based fashion company Clique Brands. Versed is positioned as the sister brand of the company’s Who What Wear clothing line sold at Target, and so Versed is sold there as well as other retailers.

Versed’s philosophy is straightforward: offer affordable, effective skin care products that are both vegan and, in the brand’s words, clean. “Clean” is an ambiguous phrase in the beauty industry that lacks a standard, regulated definition (it varies from company to company), but in this instance it means that there are no so-called “toxic” and “questionable” ingredients in Versed’s products.

While some of these ingredients – such as formaldehyde and artificial fragrance – are certainly best avoided, others are labeled as bad based on outdated research, poorly designed or inconclusive studies, or simply anecdotal evidence, and not on the conditions (or concentrations) in which these ingredients are actually used in real-world skin care applications.

That aside, Versed has an attractive aesthetic that goes along with this clean philosophy: pastel-colored packaging with plain type that explains what each product’s purpose is and calls out key ingredients in each. For the most part, Versed products are packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients; however, there are a few instances of clear and jar packaging, which compromise the benefits of some ingredients, particularly antioxidants.

The formulas from Versed are  a mixed bag. Some contain a host of beneficial ingredients while totally avoiding irritants, others are good but basic, and some others include fragrant plant extracts and oils that pose a risk of sensitizing skin (and we should be clear – fragrance, both synthetic and natural, can irritate skin). It really is a situation where the products are best judged on a case-by-case basis, as the hit-or-miss nature of the line requires more scrutiny than simply choosing based on product claims and skin type.

Despite the extra effort needed, Versed does have some good products to offer, and the convenience of being available both online and in a major retailer like Target, will have a lot of appeal to a good number of people. You can learn more about Versed at

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