Chest acne back acne and acne on the buttocks are a hugely common problem that is frequently disregarded by the common physicians.
How can I prevent chest acne?
1. People who suffer from chest acne of other types of body acne should always start with a few simple changes in their habits. Chest and body acne, in general, are frequently started by excessive heat, sweat, and clothes rubbing on these areas. Damp sweaty exercise clothes can rub on the chest and back while rough jeans can rub on the buttock and thighs. This friction should be avoided and everyone should shower immediately after a warm day at work or sports activity.
2. People with acne look for oil-free moisturizers for their face but forget their chest and rub on it oily body pore clogging lotions. If you have acne on your chest back or buttocks you need to avoid oily rich body lotions or oily body moisturizers. These can make your acne on that worse.
3. To prevent body acne including acne on the chest, back and buttocks you will also need to have a good diet. Although diet alone does not cause face or body acne, a recent study from last year study has found that people with acne consumed more sugar and refined carbohydrates (white flour, pastries etc.) than people without acne. Another study found that increased sugars in the diet are linked to a 20-30% greater risk of developing acne. Similar data was related to high intake of cow’s milk and dairy.
What is the best treatment for acne on your chest?
The skin on the chest is different than the skin on your face. It has less sebaceous glands per square inch that than the face and can easily be irritated by retinoids. Thus, retinoids (Differin, Epiduo and retinoic acid) should NOT be used on chest acne)
Salicylic acid cleansers and benzoyl peroxide creams are your best bet for fighting all different types of body acne. The best combination would be a salicylic acid acne cleanser to remove dirt and sweat from your chest or back and leave on benzoyl peroxide cream for the night (check out the MDacne Body Duo, which has both). Salicylic acid helps remove excess oil and exfoliates dead cells from the surface of the skin. Benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and helps reduce inflammation. To be effective you salicylic acid body wash should stay on your body for at least 3 minutes before you wash it off.
Salicylic acid cleansers such as the MDacne hydrating body cleanser contain in addition to high percentage salicylic acid (2%), plant-based additives such as aloe vera and green tea provide better efficacy with less irritation. The best topical treatment for chest, back, and body acne is benzoyl peroxide. New formulations of benzoyl peroxide use a special microparticle of the active compound to increase penetration in the skin pores, boosting efficacy and reducing irritation. The newest body acne treatment medications include also plants based additives such as tea tree oil that has anti-bacterial properties’, providing a faster anti-acne effect.
Can sunscreens cause acne on the chest?
Using the wrong sunscreen can cause body acne including acne on your back and chest. Your chest is especially susceptible to clogged pores because these oil glands on the chest are bigger and more active than facial pores. To prevent sunscreen-induced body acne breakouts, make sure you use only oil-free sunscreen that was specially formulated for acne prone skin.
Can you still have chest acne after your facial acne has cleared?
Facial acne and body, chest and back acne are different. The main differences are pore size (bigger on the body) and skin thickness (thicker on the body). The third and most important differences are in the trigger factors. Facial acne can be made worse by the wrong makeup, stress, and food while body acne is usually triggered by tight sweaty clothes that rub on your skin and frequency that you shower. When the clothing keeps rubbing against the skin, the excess sebum gets trapped and can clog pores.
What is the best way to fade post-acne dark spots on your chest and back?
Chest acne is very, and nearly half of the people with acne also have chest acne. Same is for post acne dark spots. A medicated dark spot remover that combines hydroquinone and plant-based anti-pigmenting agents like bearberry and licorice can help a lot with dark body spots.
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