If you are so curious about the beauty of your skin, so acne would be a terrible skin condition that will corrupt the beauty and health of your skin. Acne appears obviously on the face and the neck but it can also reach your chest or other portions of your body. That’s because clogged pores are considered the main cause that leads to acne and while these pores are everywhere all over your body, so there is no excepted body portion from being exposed to acne.
There are common factors that leads to acne either on your face, your neck or your chest like hormones, but there are other factors that affect only your chest like friction from clothes, specific skin care products and excessive sweat.
There are also other skin conditions that may appear like acne but they aren’t such as Pityrosporum folliculitis. This condition occurs when the yeast existence in your hair follicle grows up. So before you immediately react to symptoms that looks like acne symptoms and start to find treatments for this condition, you should check it with a doctor or dermatologist to determine if your skin is actually infected by acne or other condition.
What causes chest acne?
- Internal factors
- External factors
Your hormones may be considered an uncontrolled factor of acne that could be treated but couldn’t be stopped. Hormones decide what type of skin you will have. If you have an oily skin, blemishes may exist all over your body. Clogged pores usually happens by dead skin cells. In normal situations, these dead skin cells move to the upper layer of your skin so they could be treated easily. But for people with oily skin, their bodies produce too much oil to stop drying the skin, this oil deprive dead skin cells from moving to the surface and instead of that they are combined together and become trapped inside the pore. Later these combined dead skin cells increase to cause acne. Your hormones are applied on your overall body, as your oily skin causes acne in your face, it also causes acne in your chest.
Work out and exercises
If you are a sportive person or just love to practice exercise regularly, you will not observe any acne symptoms in your face, but your chest is the most exposed portion of your body to acne. The heat and sweat resulted from doing work outs affects the skin of your chest because of the friction between your clothes and your skin. As a result the skin of your chest will be inflamed and finally infected by acne. Specialists recommend people who practice sports regularly to follow 3 advices as a precaution from chest acne:
- Wear loose-fitting shirts
- Take a shower directly after you finish your exercise.
- If you couldn’t take a shower immediately, use a medicated wipe to wipe your chest.
Your diet may be a major factor of acne either in your face or in your chest. If you are following a high- carbohydrate diet by consuming foods and products that are high in sugar such as white bread, white rice, sodas and sweeteners, you are more exposed to the risk of acne more than people who follow low-carb diets. So, to protect yourself and reduce the risk of acne, you should reduce your intake of sugar to keep normal blood sugar levels.
Skin care products
To avoid acne risks, some people use moisturizers that are free of oil for their face but they neglect their hidden body and may use oily body lotions for their chest. Using Oily body lotions or moisturizers are considered a main factor that increase the risk of chest acne as they over-clog pores that were already clogged. So, it is recommended to use oily free moisturizers for your chest as well as your face or to avoid such products especially if you have already infected by acne and you should check your condition with a doctor or a dermatologist for effective drugstore acne medications.
How do you get rid of chest acne?
To get rid of chest acne you should think about the way to stop pimples formed on your chest from growing and spreading. There are three main ingredients that are approved to be effective medications for acne. Skin care products that contain these ingredients or even one of them are enough to protect yourself from acne. These ingredients are:
- Salicylic acid: this ingredients works to get off excess oil produced by your skin in addition to dead cells exfoliation.
- Benzoyl peroxide: this ingredient deals with the bacteria that causes acne and get rid of them, it also helps to decrease inflammation.
- Tea tree oil: this ingredient works as an alternative for both Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide and it can achieve their results as well.
Body cleansers containing on of these ingredients must be left on your skin for a reasonable time so they could interact with your skin to effectively achieve their purpose.
Salicylic acid and Benzoyl peroxide with a glycerin base are approved to be more useful as they are eliminating excess oil produced by your skin without leading to skin dryness.
Other precautions you may follow to avoid acne risks
If you don’t take a shower on a daily basis, dead skin cells, bacteria, oil and dirt will overload your skin pores and make it difficult for breathing. So, you should take a shower on a regular basis to eliminate these elements.
Exfoliating is an important process to be implemented once a weak on your skin to remove the existing dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. These dead skin cells usually move up to the service to allow your body to produce new cells. But if you didn’t remove them, they would lead to clogging pores and cause acne.
Using hypoallergenic laundry detergents
People usually wash their closes just to remove dirt, but they don’t know that the type of their laundry detergent may have other effects on acne condition either to avoid its risk or increase it.
- Laundry allergenic detergents used for cleaning clothes are approved to have an opposite effect on your chest skin to be infected by acne after wearing the washed clothes.
- Laundry hypoallergenic detergents are produced to safely wash your clothes and keep your skin protected from acne.
Wearing breathable fabrics clothes
People who wear tight clothes are more exposed to acne as these clothes trap bacteria, oil and dirt. When you shift to fabrics clothes, your body skin will be allowed to breathe properly. But not all fabrics are good for your skin, cotton clothes are the best but wool and nylon fabrics may lead to irritation.
Hydration works as a treatment for acne not as a precaution. So, if you have got acne resulted from foods and products that are rich in sugar, you can drink proper amounts of water (8 glasses for example) every day to be hydrated and to flush out toxins. Later you would reduce your consumption of sodas that cause acne and prefer to drink water instead.
Don’t expect immediate treatment of acne, it usually takes months to be treated by acne treatment medications. So, be patient and don’t be bored. But in fact, some cases couldn’t be treated by depending on self-care, it may require to check the condition with a specialist not to cause severe inflammation and severe acne.