Don’t Cover Up Because of Chest and Back Acne

Pretty young woman in an off-shoulder top in the park

Women know that accessories can cover a multitude of imperfections. A strategically placed belt or necklace can distract, cinch, and cover everything from a blemish to a bloat. However, when it comes time to bare all, accessories may not be a feasible option. If you suffer from chest or back acne, all may be well and fine until it’s time to hit the beach.  But worry not, we’ve got you covered even when you’re uncovered. Here are some tips for dealing with chest and back acne.

Why You Get Body Acne In The Summer

In the summer, you sweat more, and your body produces more oil, and unfortunately, “oil” plus “sweat” tends to equal to “acne”. Factor in sunscreen, and you’ve got a recipe for chest and back breakouts.

The Difference Between Facial Acne and Body acne

Even though they tend to look the same, and generally respond to the same treatment, there is some difference between facial acne and the acne on the chest and back. The breakouts below the neck are technically referred to as folliculitis, which occurs when the hair follicle becomes infected.

Treating Chest and Back Acne

If you’re facing breakouts on the chest and back, hit the showers ASAP after getting back from the beach or gym to prevent the sweat oil and sunscreen from building up around the hair follicles. Use a gentle body wash with salicylic acid consistently. Everyday usage of an acne-controlling body cleanser will help keep pores open and reduce inflammation.

Will a Face Wash Help?

Face washes can be useful, but only if they contain salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide.  While benzoyl peroxide can be effective for treating facial outbreaks, you may not want to put it on your body because it tends to bleach fabrics and, while polka-dotted bikinis are very fashionable, they may not have the intended effect. Spot treatments and gels can work as well, and are less likely to damage to clothing. However, if none of the above work, a visit to the dermatologist may be in order.  Doctors can prescribe any array of wipes and medications to help treat serious cases of acne on the body.

What About Scrubs?

Scrubs may not be the best idea for helping with body acne because scrubbing too vigorously can over dry skin, triggering more oil production, and resulting in more breakouts. Also, the delicate skin on your chest can scar easily, if it is accidentally removed. A better option would be to use a shower puff soaked in salicylic acid wash and moved in a scrubbing motion on the chest and back. Just be sure to wash the puff as soon as you get out of the shower to avoid bacteria growth.

Are you dealing with chest and back acne? What are your recommendations for treatment? Let us know! We love to hear your comments and suggestions.

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