When we think of acne, we think of our faces. But, many of us forget that acne can happen anywhere on our bodies. It isn’t just limited to our face. It can happen on our arms, chest, legs, and even buttocks. Chest acne might not be as common as facial acne, but it is still a serious problem. These are my tips for when it comes to chest acne treatment.
Causes of Chest Acne
There are many causes of chest acne. Since “acne is acne”, many of the reasons for chest acne overlap with facial acne. In order to figure out a chest acne treatment, it is important to identify the causes of chest acne.
While hormones typically cause breakouts in teens, hormone fluctuations in women (especially during their period) can also lead to breakouts. This can lead to chest acne as friction from enlarging breasts as well as the fluctuating hormones during the period can combine to lead to acne around the chest.
Working out is great to keep you in shape and healthy. However, the friction from workout clothes combined with sweat can lead to bacterial inflammation on the chest. The best thing to do in this case is to wear looser workout clothes and shower immediately after your workout to minimize the inflammation.
As I’ve said in my article Improving Your Acne Through Diet, diet plays a huge role in acne. This is no different when it comes to chest acne. Sugary foods can exacerbate your skin leading to breakouts.
Some people may find that certain laundry detergents can cause their skin to breakout especially if there is something irritating in the detergent. The key to this is to try and avoid detergents containing perfumes and dyes. These agents are the most common things when it comes to causing acne breakouts.
Makeup and Perfumes
Certain makeup products and perfumes can also lead to an inflammatory response in the skin and cause breakouts. Makeup especially can clog up pores which can cause your sebaceous glands to oversecrete oils. If you are using makeup or perfumes and dealing with chest acne, it may be time to try and eliminate these, or at least try alternatives, to see if there’s improvement.
I always stress the importance of water. It has so many healthy properties for every aspect of your body. This is the case for the skin as well. When you are dehydrated, your skin becomes dry. This signals your sebaceous glands to start oversecreting oils to make up for this. Making sure that you are keeping properly hydrated is very important for skincare.
If you are somebody who spends a lot of time outdoors, it could be sun exposure leading to your chest acne. While many people think the sun is great when it comes to acne, too much sun exposure can lead to dehydration. Like stated above, when your skin is dehydrated, your skin becomes dry. Your sebaceous glands start to over secrete oil which leads to acne.
Chest Acne Treatments
So now that you understand what the causes of chest acne are, what are some ways you can prevent/treat it?
If you find that you are breaking out due to exercise, the best things to do are to wear looser clothing and to shower regularly. Wearing looser clothing will allow your skin to breathe more and reduce friction. While showering after working out will get rid of sweat and clean your skin of any bacteria. If you are unable to get to a shower quickly, bring a few body wipes with you to the gym so you can quickly clean yourself off.
The key to treating acne is to make sure you are avoiding inflammatory foods. This means trying to decrease consumption of carbs and sugars as much as possible. It is also beneficial to try and reduce consumption of dairy products as well.
Making sure to exfoliate regularly can be key to removing dead skin cells and getting rid of any pore clogging buildup. There are many exfoliating products available on the market. Find one that works with your skin. I typically prefer charcoal exfoliators for my skin as they seem to work very well and are affordable. However, everybody’s skin is different and what works for me may not work for you. So the key is to find something that will feel good on your skin and something you can use 1-2 times per week. This is probably the chest acne treatment I believe that will give you the most results if done regularly.
If you find yourself outdoors a lot, it may be time to invest in a good sunscreen. You want to ideally go for a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 to block harmful UV rays from your skin. You also want to find a sunscreen that won’t clog your pores.
Sometimes, you may just want to use a specific spot treatment to help reduce the size of the pimple. I’ve listed a few options for all natural spot treatments that work great if you have a particularly large zit you need to get rid of.
Tea Tree Oil: According to the Mayo clinic, products containing 5% tea tree oil are as effective as benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil is one of my favorite products to use as it has so many benefits while being fully natural. I like to apply tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil like jojoba oil and apply to the area for 15 minutes. It works incredibly well and quickly.
Cinnamon and Honey: Both cinnamon and honey have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I like to mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 tablespoons of honey to create a paste which I apply onto the area. You then leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off.
Mud or charcoal: Mud and charcoal masks work fantastic to spot treat acne. They help draw out impurities and make your skin feel much healthier and softer.
Chest acne is unfortunately something that many of us have to deal with. While it isn’t quite as publicized as facial acne, it can still be a really annoying thing to deal with it. Hopefully, the chest acne treatment I’ve outlined here is useful for you when it comes to your own body. The key to dealing with chest acne is to treat it similarly to facial acne and take many of the same steps. If you follow the tips I’ve outlined here, you should be able to see large improvements in your chest acne!