Acne has a way of tearing down even the most confident individual. While unsightly spots on the face can readily be covered with makeup or strategically placed hair, acne found on the chest and back is not so easy to cover up—particularly in the warm summer months. Tank tops and lower-cut shirts are a luxury for some, due to pimples dotting the chest and back.
All is not lost, however. Many remedies exist to target pimples found on the chest and back. Some are simple and easy to do at home, while others are more intensive and may require a greater investment of time or money. Regardless of the location completed, sufferers have many different options to choose from.
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Where Do These Spots Come From?
There are a number of different causes for acne of the chest and back, and are generally benign in nature. These include, but are not limited to:
- Sweating Patterns
- Clothing Choice
- Dirty Sheets and Bedclothes
- And Irritants
Although these types of pimples are cause for embarrassment or frustration for many, they are not typically signs of a grave underlying problem. Instead, they require only minor corrections to daily habits and routines—many of which can be implemented immediately, without excessive cost or time. Each remedy should be entered into carefully, however, as you do not want to introduce too many significant changes to your skin at once; this can cause further irritation and breakouts. Instead, choose one potential cause, evaluate and experiment remedies, and if there is no change, move on to the next possible cause.
Age may also be a factor. Because puberty, pregnancy, and menopause all indicate great changes in hormone production and stress factors, acne can readily accompany each of these new stages in life. If you are suffering from acne, consider evaluating your age and the potential changes that accompany it. Stress caused by starting a new job, a family, or even a new school can all contribute to hormonal shifts and imbalances, potentially causing a troublesome situation with your skin.
A Closer Look
Just as diet and exercise play a role in the development of facial acne, back and chest pimples can be caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise. Because the skin is a massive organ used to process and eliminate what is put into your body, poor nutrition results in less-than-desirable skin. Choosing healthy fats, plenty of protein, adequate fluids, and plenty of vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables will often result in the clearing-up of pimples.
Sweating patterns and clothing choice can also have an effect on breakouts. Because excess sweat and oil can cause blockages (leading to pimples), it is important to take a light shower or rinse following exercise if body acne is a problem for you. Clothing that squeezes or restricts areas of your body may also cause breakouts. When choosing clothing, do not try to force yourself into clothing that is too small; instead, choose underclothes and outfits that fit your size and frame.
Many people forget to regularly change their sheets and bedclothes. While this may not seem like a big problem, constantly lying in dirty blankets can result in blockages, causing pimples. If you are struggling, try to implement a more consistent washing routine.
Like facial acne, body acne can be caused by hormonal shifts. Try to pay attention any patterns in breakouts; if a menstrual cycle is a good predictor of when these pimples occur, your issue is likely hormonal. If pregnancy, menopause, or puberty are currently being experienced, these are also indications of hormonal troubles. Typically, this type of acne requires the assistance of internal medicine rather than simple topical applications.
Finally, irritants can cause breakouts. Individuals sensitive to oils, creams, lotions, and scents may find that breakouts occur when any of these items are in use. If this is the case, consider applying only natural oils to the skin, such as coconut or avocado oil. These are often light enough to work well with sensitive skin.
Treatments Involving More Time and a Higher Budget
While all of the methods above are worth a try, some body acne cannot be eradicated without the assistance of some more intense methods, ranging from dermatological intervention to spa treatments. These methods typically require a greater investment of both time and money, and should be considered with this reality in mind.
Dermatologists are schooled in skincare, and may be able to provide relief using prescriptions for either oral or topical medication. Unfortunately, many dermatology practices are not considered dire, and are therefore not covered by insurance plans. Because of this, dermatology should not considered if you are unwilling to invest some money in your skin. The potential payoff of increased confidence and decreased discomfort may easily be worth the investment.
While the changes listed above are typically easy and inexpensive, there are some creams and medications available over the counter that are more costly—though they may, correspondingly, be more effective. When considering these more expensive creams and treatments, be sure to read reviews of the product, and pay close attention to the skin type and problem being targeted; not all products are intended for oily or sensitive skin. Typically, creams with salicylic acid are effective in treating acne on both the face and body.
Other treatments may be available in spas and dermatology offices. These include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and light therapy. Each of these therapies come with increased risks in comparison to at-home treatments or topical applications, but may yield much greater results. Microdermabrasion involves the removal of the top-most layer of skin, revealing the healthier, more youthful skin below. Chemical peels do the same—though they cause more blistering and redness. Light therapy, the most pricey of the bunch, seeks to eradicate the underlying cause through colored lights, curing acne on a more permanent or consistent basis. As with any procedure, consult a qualified professional and weigh all potential consequences before booking a treatment.
So, What Next?
Skincare involves a lot of factors—factors that vary greatly from person to person. Acne, in particular, is difficult to deal with, as many men and women are embarrassed to acknowledge its presence. Fortunately, there are numerous methods available both at home and in professional offices to deal with acne and remove its blemishes from you skin. Using the tips and advice above, men and women may move past the bonds of struggling skin and welcome skin on the chest and back that is smooth, clear, and bright.