HOW TO GET RID OF CHEST ACNE
While it may be difficult to admit, we care a lot about how other people see us, almost to the point of neglecting how we feel about ourselves. That is why chest acne is such nuisance, unlike face acne which seems to get immediate attention, chest acnes are usually not taken seriously when we have them, until we have to bare our chest that is. As if that is not all, chest acne doesn’t clear as quickly as face acne.
There are several ways to get rid of your chest acne so that you can visit the beach or wear a low cut dress without feeling self conscious or unworthy. From quick solutions to your back acne to slow and steady treatments, your bacne can become a thing of the past. This article is about teaching you how to get rid of chest acne and give you the flawless skin you both desire and deserve.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that occur when sebaceous oil glands produce in excess. The most common form of acne is known as Acne Vulgaris and it occurs majorly in the face, back shoulders, neck and chest. Chest acne affects only about 15% of people with acne.
In choosing a treatment for your chest acne, you must be careful to choose one that is compatible with your skin type. Although there are varieties of options from which you may choose, not all will work for your chest acne while some may have an adverse reaction on other body parts. However, there will most definitely be some form of treatment that will bid good riddance to your chest acne.
Types and Causes of Chest Acne
It is hard to pinpoint what really causes acne but researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that “while everyone has acne causing bacteria living in their skin, there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ strains of bacteria which determine the frequency and severity of developing pimples". Acne is fundamentally caused by an increase in androgen levels. This change usually happens during puberty.
Experts also believe that acne can be genetically engineered. This means if there is a history of acne in your family, you are also likely to have it. Certain changes in the cycle of women e.g. menstruation and pregnancy increase their chances of developing acne.
Chest acne could occur when people do not get enough sleep. Every part of the body suffers when we do not rest as well as we should. Our faces become saggy and swollen, our minds, numbed and our skin can also breakout. Chest acne may be our skin’s way of saying; I need to rest as well!
You could develop chest acne because of unhealthy dieting. While hormonal changes and genetics are largely responsible for chest acne, when you refuse to eat as you should or what you should, a chest acne breakout is one of the signs through which your body can revolt. It is usually after to rule all these reasons out first before moving to the more general reasons that cause the condition in people. When people do not eat properly, there is nothing the body cannot use to show its sheer displeasure and chest acne is one of such outlets.
Manifestations of Chest Acne
Chest acne manifests in several ways from moderate to severe. The more the sebum a body produces, the more severe chest acne is likely to be. The severity or mildness of acne depends on this sebum that makes the skin oily.
Mild to Moderate Chest Acne: in this kind of acne, skin pores become clogged and blocked. This happens as the skin at the top of the pore grows thicker due to dead skin cells at the pores. Mild to moderate chest acnes form Whiteheads which are small spots that remain under the skin, Blackheads which are black, visible and appear on the surface of the skin. One can be tempted to scrub blackheads away but they are not caused by dirt but by skin pigmentation and excessive scrubbing can only cause further irritation to the chest. The last type of moderate chest acne is papules which are small pink bumps on the surface of the skin.
Moderate to Severe Acne Chest Acne: when a huge number of the bacteria; Propionibacterium acnes become trapped in the sebum, the immune system becomes greatly affected and throws tantrums in form of inflammation and this inflammation gives rise to the moderate to severe kinds of chest acne in form of pustules which are red blotches on the skin that have pus at their top, nobules which are large, visible solid pimples on the surface of the skin. Nobules are very painful and are rooted deep in the skin. The last form of severe chest acne is cyst. Cysts are very visible on the skin surface, very painful and are filled with pus.
Natural Treatment for Chest Acne
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is the general miracle wonder that does great things for various skin and body ailments. ACV is potent for balancing the skin’s pH and naturally preventing acne breakouts. It normalizes the sebum so that oils are not produced in excess enough to form acne. In addition to this is the fact that apple cider vinegar is laden with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that clear the acne within hours. You can orally ingest ACV or mix it with your bathing water.
Baking soda can be used to form paste which can be used as a mask for the chest or it can be made into scrubs. Because baking soda is contains a concentrated alkaline, it is harsh on skin and should be mixed with milder substances like some essential oils, water or honey. Baking soda will clear off your chest acne in no time at all. Baking soda exfoliates the skin thereby ridding it of dead skin calls that can block skin pores and cause chest acne.
Lemon juice is acidic, as such, it cleanses the dirt, dead skin cells and other things blocking the skin’s pores and causing chest acne to form. All you have to do is cut open a lemon and rub it on the affected part of the chest. Leave the juice there for some hours before washing the part. Repeat this several times a week and you will be rid of your chest acne in no time.
Aloe Vera Gel
If your chest acne is particularly itchy, aloe vera will work wonders for you. Extract the gel from the aloe vera and apply it to the trouble spots and other areas that are prone to acne on your body. Leave it for some minutes until it dries and do this several times a day for some days, you will notice the itch gets instant relief and the whole bout clears off in no time. For maximum effect, you can mix aloe vera with other potent herbs to treat your chest acne.
Oatmeal is a good absorber of oils and is good for chest acne as it will absorb all the oils causing the acne in the first place. The chest is one of the body parts that stores oil the most oatmeal also cleans off the skin pores setting it free for good aeration and as a consequence, preventing future breakouts of chest acne. After cooking oatmeal, mix it with other substances like honey and after the paste cools off, rub on the chest, leave the paste on your skin for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water
Popular Ways to Get Rid Of Chest Acne
Use salicylic acid
This is a widely recognized acne medication and it is very effective. Use creams and soaps that have this and rub it on the chest minutes before you actually take your bath. Do this every day for the next few days and you are bound to see changes until you are completely rid of your chest acne
This is best done with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs).this helps to tow away dead skin cells thereby rejuvenating the skin and giving it a fresh opening. When you exfoliate regularly like once a month, your skin pores will continue to find outlets and the clogging that cause chest acnes will not even exist.
Avoid oily moisturizer
Regardless of your preference, you should stay away from oil as much as possible either it is in food or cream. Use non oily moisturizer that will leave your skin smooth and soft without causing more damage to your chest acne. If you are prone to chest acne, no matter the season, try to stay away from oily moisturizer because it will only create more room for acne to form.
Spot Reduction Treatment
Don’t by any means be tempted to use your face acne fighting treatments on your chest or vice versa, truth be told, one can irritate the other and how do you even know the breakout on your chest is not a side effect of the treatment you are applying to your face? While Benzoyl peroxide is okay for treating facial acne, its bleaching properties makes it an indirect irritant to chest acne and it can worsen the breakout. Rather, spot reduce on your chest by using treatments like Clinique Acne Solution Spot Healing Gel. This works for the face as well as for the body.
Lifestyle Changes to Treat and Prevent Chest Acne
Food is everything. In order to get rid of your chest acne, there are foods you should stay away from and foods you should regularly eat. Eating healthy will automatically result in a healthier body and skin. You can’t eat junks, sugar, salt and fats all the time and expect your skin to be smooth, clear and healthy. In some cases, even though some foods are okay to eat, because of your chest acne, it is best to stay away from them. Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts and drink a lot of tea if you have chest acne while you should avoid the aforementioned because of their capability to increase your sebum.
Wear loose clothing
Tight or fitted clothing will only further irritate the chest when you have chest acne or are prone to it. Moreover, air will not blow on it and this will cause the pores to thrive. The skin needs breathing space to survive or even to heal when it has been attacked. Sometimes, simply letting your skin breathe will do half the work for you. For this reason, it is best to wear natural fibers like cotton when you have chest acne.
Watch that hairstyle
Except you can absolutely keep your long hair clean at all times, it is better to keep a short hair if you have chest acne or to at least wear it short for that period. If you wear your hair long, it will continually rub on your chest and if it is going to be an irritant, then you can imagine only too well how things will play out.
Wash after Exercise
It is really important you do not let sweat dry up on you after exercise or any other strenuous exercise. To treat your chest acne or prevent chest acne from breaking out, you have to keep fresh and that means cleaning regularly especially immediately after workouts.
Wear that Low cut Dress Anyway
Yes, you have chest acne and yes it is terrible but let’s face it, if we all choose only to be happy when we look the way we want and our skin glows the way we desire and everyone loves us the way we dream of, will we ever be happy? While you are trying your best to rid your chest of that annoying acne, still continue to enjoy your life; still continue to celebrate your existence by finding expression. Your chest acne will go, but don’t wait till then to be happy.