When treatments for acne are discussed, it usually borders around areas like the nose and the chin. However, it is not just limited to these areas. If you are prone to acne from risk factors like hormones or oily skin, there are chances that you will develop blemishes in any area of your body including your chest.
Acne development is a resultant effect of clogged pores. And pores are not just on your face but exist on every part of your body including your chest.
For those who have skins that are prone to acne, here are some types of acne you might see on your chest;
Chest acne, though less visible than face acne are also as annoying as face acne. Below are some of the ways you can prevent chest acne or help clear breakouts after the pimples have formed;
You might not know this, but failure to shower regularly can trigger the development of chest acne. Showering daily helps elements like bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt and oil, from clogging your pores.
Therefore, to prevent or reduce yours chance of chest acne, you should be very cautious you shower at least twice every day. This includes even when the weather is very cold. For best results, use lukewarm water as very hot water is not good for the body. You can also rinse off with cold water to help close your pores.
Look for an acne-fighting body wash
Look for body washes that contain salicylic acid as they are very effective in fighting chest acne.
Salicylic acid helps treat acne by drying it out.
Exfoliate once a week
Every 28 to 30 days, your skin goes through a process of cell production. This process involves the emergence of dead skin cell to the epidermis (surface) to make way for the newly produced skin cells. These skin cells on the surface need to be shed or they will end up staying in your pores. When this happens, the pores are clogged, hence leading to acne breakouts.
This is why it is expedient you exfoliate your skin at least once every week. This process helps to shed the dead skin cells that clog your skin, hence reducing the chances of an acne breakout. When you exfoliate every week, you’ll realize that your skin is smoother and most times it irritates and hence prevents preexisting blemishes.
Use a non-comedogenic body lotion
Non-comedogenic simply means non-pore-clogging. It is important that while choosing skin care products that stay on your skin always especially lotion, that you look out for products that will not clog your pores.
When you apply non-comedogenic(that is, a special type of lotion designed to not clog your pores) body lotion, it can hydrate your skin without causing acne. Some lotions even contain small amounts of salicylic acid to get rid of preexisting breakouts. You may also want to avoid fragrances that can irritate your skin.
Try spot treatments
Spot treatments weigh in heavily in getting rid of acne breakouts. These treatments shrink and heal the underlying inflammation.
Over-the-counter (OTC) spot treatments abound, and most of these contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Of these two ingredients, salicylic acid is preferable because benzoyl peroxide is a notorious for bleaching clothing. There’s a risk of toxicity when salicylic acid is applied to large areas, so make sure you limit it to spot treatments when using it in the chest area.
Aside from over the counter spot treatments, you can also consider the following natural and homemade remedies for chest acne. But before you do this, you should first try a patch test to ascertain if this treatment doesn’t cause any negative reaction. Choose a spot on your arm or leg and leave it on for 24 hours to see if there’s any drastic reaction or rash around the area.
Tea tree oil
Tree top oil is one of the most prominent natural remedy for acne or any other skin care condition. The problem most people have with this treatment is that it is a little slower than normal medications. This is where you will need to use your ‘patient is virtue’ card.
Cinnamon and honey
It will not be entirely wrong to assert that cinnamon and honey is a badass combination. This combo plays the god factor by creating a powerful acne fighter when applied on the chest or on any part of the skin. Cinnamon has antimicrobial capabilities, and raw honey can work as a bacteria-fighting agent. Together, these can reduce bacteria and inflammation that lead to acne. These are safe to use weekly or as needed for new blemishes. To get this badass combo, this is what you need to do.
What to do:
• Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 teaspoons of raw honey until it forms a paste
• Apply the paste all over your chest
• Rinse off after 30 minutes
• You can also use this as an overnight spot treatment.
Mud or charcoal
If you’d rather use a natural treatment that’s already made in a bottle, consider a mask that’s made of mud or charcoal. These can work as all-over treatments or they can be used on a few spots on your chest. Both mud and charcoal fight acne by drawing out impurities. These ingredients may also soften your skin at the same time
Try a new laundry detergent
Washing your clothes is a must for keeping germs at bay, but if you have oily skin, it can also help prevent acne. However, laundry detergent can sometimes have the opposite effect by causing acne.
This can happen from certain types of detergents that tend to irritate the skin. These include products with fragrances and dyes. When you wear a shirt that’s been washed with allergenic detergents, you could put your chest area and other parts of your body at risk for a breakout.
Look for laundry detergents labeled as “hypoallergenic
Wear loose and breathable fabrics
Another key to keeping chest acne at bay is to wear clothing that is loose and non-irritating so that your skin can breathe. Tight clothing can trap dirt, bacteria, and oils that can develop into blemishes. Certain fabrics, such as wool, nylon, and spandex, can cause further irritation. Your best bet is to wear cotton clothing.
Sometimes, acne also requires treatment from the inside. While there’s debate about whether certain foods cause acne, there’s no doubt that drinking water can help. Water not only keeps you hydrated, but it also helps flush out toxins.
To reap these benefits, drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, and also, cut out on your soda and alcohol intake.