Have you recently noticed a cluster of red zits on your chest that weren’t there yesterday? There’s a name for that – several, in fact. Chest acne, boob acne, chestne, boobne …
Whatever you call it, it’s a real thing, it affects tons of women just like you, and there is a solution.
Like other body acne, boob acne is often a combo of blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed pustules.
According to the experts, it’s a lot like regular acne.
“In terms of causes, chest acne is the same as regular acne, but it’s just located on the chest,” says Miriam Vega Gonzalez, MD, a board-certified dermatologist. “It’s the same type of physiology—it’s clogged pores that sometimes get inflamed.”
No need to fear! It’s possible to get your boob breakouts under control and banish them for good. Let us show you how.
In order to drive out those boob zits, we need to figure out what’s causing them.
“When dermatologists see breakouts in a specific area—besides the typical T-zone—we call it an ‘outside job’ and look for the culprit,” says Loretta Ciraldo, MD FAAD, founder of Dr. Loretta skincare. “There often, but not always, is one.”
Here’s what those culprits could be.
Many people with chestne may not realize that their skin is simply reacting to ingredients in their haircare products. To work out whether that’s the cause, look for the distribution of the breakout. Does it stop at the length of your hair? If so, that could be a clear indicator of a reaction to hair product ingredients.
You may also want to quit your hairspray habit, as hairspray contains alcohol that can provoke breakouts.
Switch to a natural shampoo and conditioner made with clean products, such as Truly’s Super Flower Bundle to prevent future breakouts.
Your Sweaty Gym Clothes
Yep, your sweaty sports bra could be to blame for those out of the blue chest zits.
“Sweating and then staying in sweaty clothes can both cause and worsen body breakouts,” says dermatologist Shari Marchbein, MD. “It’s important to wash both before and after exercising, or at the very least use gentle cleansing towelettes.”
While sweat won’t clog your pores, it can alter your skin’s pH, leaving it susceptible to bacteria. This, in turn, could lead to breakouts. In other words, hanging out in your gym clothes post-workout could be the prime suspect when it comes to your chest-specific breakouts.
Your Body Lotions
Every day after you step out of the tub, you may be applying the very thing responsible for boob breakouts. Lotions!
“You’d be surprised that many body lotions are full of fragrance and other ingredients that might actually be clogging pores and causing chest acne,” says Dr. Sandra Lee (aka, Dr. Pimple Popper).
That’s why you must read labels to check that whatever you’re buying is non-comedogenic or oil-free. We also recommend switching to a lightweight moisturizer to keep your pores clear and your chest acne-free.
Your Skincare Habits
Exfoliation is essential for sweeping away dead skin cells to decongest the pores and prevent breakouts.
“Oftentimes, chest acne can be due to poor exfoliation of the skin, leading to clogged pores,” says dermatologist Michelle Henry. “So I always recommend adopting a great exfoliating product.”
It’s also worth staying away from products with synthetic fragrances, as they can cause irritation and inflammation.
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It may be tempting, but whatever you do, never pop a zit!
“Chests are especially prone to scars and keloids so popping is a no-no on your chest,” says Dr. Ciraldo. Or anywhere for that matter. Popping pimples only makes things worse!
Instead, apply a warm compress to the affected area to help the acne come to head. This way, you’ll be able to resolve the issue more quickly without causing scarring.
“If a particular lesion is very big and tender, go to the doctor and get a dilute cortisone injection, which can be put right into the lesion,” she says.
In some cases, your chest acne might not technically be acne at all. It might be folliculitis instead. Folliculitis is the inflammation of a hair follicle trigged by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin.
The easiest way to tell whether your breakouts are acne or folliculitis is to asses your acne-fighting methods. If you can’t see a difference in your chestne after several weeks of following an acne-focused routine, it could be yeast to blame for your troubles.
Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, MD, says another way to tell is by their appearance.
“The pimples tend to be bright red and both itchy and tender at the same time,” she says. “The skin is often studded with tiny bumps that are really closed blocked pores.”
What you wear can affect the appearance of your skin. If you spend most days in tight, fitted clothing, that could be what’s causing your boob blemishes.
Many a time, chest acne is caused by the trapping of sweat and bacteria on your skin which leads to clogged pores and breakouts.
Switch to light, breathable clothing to avert breast acne.
Your Body Wash
Perhaps your daily in-shower cleanser isn’t up to the job of tackling your boob breakouts. Opt for an acne-formulated body wash instead. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to fight acne-causing bacteria.
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There’s nothing wrong with having chest acne. Lots of people have it! But if you’re looking for a way to treat your boob blemishes, try fixing your bad habits first. You’ll soon find out that a few simple switches (and some acne-banishing products!) may be enough to clear your boobne once and for all.