Everyone deals with acne at some point or another -- on the face, back, neck, and sometimes, even on the breasts.
Boob acne is actually way more common than you think. So, if you're dealing with boob breakouts and you have no idea why or what you can do about them, keep reading. We're here to lend our guidance!
These are the five reasons you might be getting breakouts on your boobs.
One common offender is your hair. Well, not your hair per se but the pimple-producing products you put in it.
"Look for the distribution of the breakout—if it corresponds to your long hair and stops at about the length of your hair, you may be suffering from what I call an acne-formed reaction to ingredients in hair products," says dermatologist Dr. Loretta Ciraldo.
According to Ciraldo, the two main culprits are argan oil and shea butter. Eliminate any hair products containing these ingredients and see if it makes a difference to your skin. You may also want to cut out hairsprays as these contain alcohol which can trigger blemishes.
Wearing clothing that is overly fitted or not breathable can increase your risk of developing breast acne. It may also be caused by irritating fabrics that can rub against the skin and trigger breakouts.
Try wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing and wash bras and shirts regularly to prevent acne on the breasts.
Is the weather heating up or are you just working out a lot? Either way, sweat can contribute to boob blemishes.
While sweat doesn't clog your pores, it can alter the pH of your skin, leaving it vulnerable to acne-causing bacteria.
So, if you're sweltering in the summer heat or dripping with sweat at the gym, and you're getting boob breakouts, consider sweat to be the prime suspect.
Not all skincare products are good for the skin. In fact, some contain way too harsh ingredients that can strip the skin of natural oils and leave it tight, dry, and irritated. This is even more common in sensitive skin types.
From your body lotion to your sunscreen, cleanser to your exfoliator, any product in your skincare routine could be behind your boob acne. Even certain acne treatments can be too irritating on the skin and potentially worsen symptoms.
Be sure to use oil-free, non-comedogenic products to avoid clogged pores and ultimately, more breakouts.
Of course, it could also be down to fluctuating hormones or a hormonal balance.
With higher testosterone hormone levels comes excessive sebum production from the oil glands. When this sebum combines with dirt and dead skin cells, it results in clogged pores and acne.
If you suspect this to be the case, visit your gynaecologist or health care provider for the appropriate treatment.
You need to remember that the skin on your face is different to that on your body. Because of this, you'll need to treat body acne differently to how you'd treat facial acne. Since body skin is generally thicker and in some places, oilier, you'll need to use more potent products with a higher concentration of active ingredients.
Letting sweat sit on the skin is a recipe for chest acne. Dermatologists recommend washing directly after a workout with a gentle, acne-fighting body cleanser to wash away dirt and excess oil.
Sweat is actually one of the most common causes of acne, and not because it clogs the pores, but because of the imbalance it creates on the skin. With this pH alteration, your skin is susceptible to bacteria that triggers breakouts.
If you want to see the back of boob acne, start adopting a breakout-fighting skincare regimen to clear your pores, banish the build up of dirt and dead skin cells, and ultimately drive out blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules.
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Exfoliating with a gentle scrub or chemical exfoliator helps to remove dead skin cells that clog the pores and hair follicles, which lead to breakouts.
Besides clearing your pores and minimizing their appearance, you'll also allow other products like cleansers, gels, creams, and topical treatments to penetrate more effectively. That's because exfoliation makes other products work harder!
To clear up your boobs, start adopting healthier lifestyle habits like eating healthier, doing more exercise, and wearing looser fitting, breathable clothes. This can all help with the treatment of chest acne.
A dermatology professional will be able to examine your current lifestyle habits and recommend any changes that might be needed to clarify your skin and prevent future breakouts from occurring.
If your chest acne doesn't go away after 5-6 weeks, consult your dermatologist for a stronger solution. Those dealing with a skin condition like chronic dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema should speak to their dermatologist before starting this skincare routine.
And if you think you may have a hormonal imbalance due to breakouts, menstrual cycle inconsistencies, or other symptoms, book an appointment with your gynaecologist for medical advice. They may suggest a prescribed or over-the-counter treatment, or possibly even birth control.
As for those of you who are starting to see your boob acne clear up, keep up the good work!