The skin on your face isn’t the only part of your body that can suffer from acne breakouts, especially stubborn ones. Body acne, including chest acne, neck acne, and acne on the decolletage, can all be annoying or embarrassing experiences.
If you’ve got blackheads, cysts, or pimples on your lower neck and chest, it’s no wonder that you want a way to get rid of them quickly. For active breakouts, there’s not a lot we can do, but by stepping up your skincare routine with professional formulas, you can help even the worst or most unexpected breakouts from ruining your day.
What Causes Chest Acne?
The same process that causes breakouts on your face causes acne on your chest, back, or anywhere else you have hair follicles, which is pretty much everywhere on your body. Clogged pores lead to buildups of oil, dirt, grime, sweat, and other compounds that bacteria thrive on. The bacteria multiplies in the pores on your chest and shoulders and can cause the inflammation and redness that’s indicative of acne breakouts.
The leading cause of breakouts is often a lack of regular cleansing of whatever area you’re experiencing the breakout in, including the chest. Faces tend to be more delicate areas of skin that can require more complicated solutions, but people have unpredictable skin types that can make the chest or other areas more susceptible to breakouts, requiring a concentrated response.
Best Ways to Get Rid of Chest Acne
The number one way to help fight breakouts of the chest and back is to make sure you’re cleansing yourself with a gentle but effective body cleanser, like our Tropical Lave body cleanser. Formulas that are gentle but that rid the skin of oils, dead skin cells, and sweat are highly effective at cleansing bacteria that causes acne and without drying your skin out too much. Overly dry skin, whether due to an aggressive cleanser or too-hot shower, can lead to an increase in your skin’s oil production, which can make the breakout worse.
Choosing The Right Body Wash
Although not necessarily marketed as such, some body washes naturally help fight acne. Formulas that include salicylic acid, like our daily Clarify Cleanser, selectively dry out highly oiled or blemished areas that are susceptible to acne, helping clear up the appearance of breakouts and help prevent them from coming back.
Regular exfoliation isn’t necessarily the solution for everyone, but it’s helpful for people with hard-to-remove chest acne who may have an oily skin type. For congested skin on the chest, we recommend our stimulating Mint Renewal body polish that’s sure to invigorate your senses while scrubbing away the dead skin cells and excess oil from the surface of the skin.
Use High Quality Body Lotion
Just as people with oily skin types can overly dry out their skin, so too can people with dry skin scrub it clear of all the helpful, natural lubricants and protectants your body needs to keep your skin looking moisturized. A high-quality lotion, like any of our After Baths is formulated not to clog pores with heavy cream-style lipids, but rather to help the skin appear nourished in a way that keeps pores clear and allows the skin to breathe naturally. There are a variety of After Bath scents to choose from.
Use Spot Treatments
For truly noticeable breakouts, there’s nothing wrong with using a professional-grade spot treatment like our Clarify Blemish Eraser. This formula, ideal for overnight treatment of your worst breakouts, is packed with essential oils and salicylic acid to reduce the appearance of chest acne when it matters most. Be sure to follow it up with a hydrating moisturizer.
Try Different Fabrics
Finally, if you still haven’t found a great blemish-reducing skincare routine, make sure you’re not wearing shirts or accessories that are worsening your breakouts. People can be allergic to metals, wool, and countless other compounds that rub against your chest on a daily basis. Pay attention to what you’re wearing and make sure that nothing feels itchy, causes hives, or clings too tightly to your skin if you want to make sure your chest will be acne-free in the long run.
Preventing Chest Acne From Coming Back
Preventing acne on your chest should be as easy as continuing the solution you discovered when you experimented with skincare products, lifestyle choices, and clothing options. Ensure to continue showering or bathing regularly with gentle formulas, wearing breathable, loose fabrics as often as possible, and keeping regular dates with yourself for exfoliation if necessary.
Professional-Grade Skincare From Epicuren Discovery
We know that acne can be a stubbornly troublesome part of your daily life long after you expected it to stop being something you thought about every day. That’s why our products are professionally formulated with proven active ingredients, cruelty-free practices, and natural oils. Find more products that your skin will love by browsing our complete collection online or by taking our Skin Quiz to find products that are tailored to your unique skin type and concern today.