June is Acne Awareness Month, celebrating solutions for the most common skin disorder in the United States. Nearly 80% of people will experience some form of acne during their lifetimes. The chest, along with the face and back, are the most common areas for acne to develop. Chest acne is just another form that can be caused from several factors including: hormonal imbalance, high levels of stress, tight fitting clothes, pollution, medications and sadly, genes.
Recently I have become somewhat obsessed with my décolletage when it comes to caring for the skin. I have always heard people say “you can hide your age on your face, but the neck and chest reveals the truth.” Having smooth skin on the chest and neck area tends to become more of a struggle as we get older. Not only do we have to be sure to wear sunscreen to prevent wrinkles and aging skin, but rashes and acne break-outs put a damper in sporting our favorite tops and dresses and it requires much needed attention especially during the summer months.
Although we can cover it up if needed, Chest acne can be embarrassing to deal with. Who doesn’t want to feel confident and sexy when they wear that low neck-line? Before you throw away those low neck lines and sexy strapless tops and dresses, consider the causes of chest acne and determine the things you can do to treat and prevent it.
Here are some suggestions to help keep chest acne at bay:
Don’t use excessive amounts of products
Be aware of the products/items that you put on your body such as lotions/deodorants/body powders etc. as too much of a product can often times clog pores causing a rash or breakout.
It may give you a sense of instant gratification, but don’t fool yourself, picking at a pimple is never a good thing. Not only does it irritate the skin but it can cause infection and scarring. Try to keep your hands off the infected area as much as possible and wash your hands frequently.
Use antibacterial soap/gel geared toward acne
Avoid using a loofa or sponge when you wash the affected area, as the harsh material can often irritate the skin. You should also apply a cream or gel after cleaning the area. Something with benzoyl peroxide is good for acne or if you want to go the natural route, make a lotion by mixing rose water and lemon in equal quantities and apply it over the acne. Glytone Back/Chest acne spray is a good item to use with 2% salicylic acid for controlling acne.
Avoid Tight Clothing
Tight clothing can irritate the skin and can also cause chaffing and inflammation. Cotton is the best fabric you can wear because it is light and breathable.
Good hygiene and utilizing the right products with the right ingredients for your skin type are very important for preventing acne. Remember to always wash acne prone areas immediately after excessive sweating. DermStore esthetician Jenna Kulp suggests that you also change your pillowcase and sheets at least 2-3 times a week so you’re not sleeping in a breeding ground for bacteria.
Bare your décolletage this summer and feel good doing it. Say hello to v-necks and goodbye to chest acne. Caring for your skin and using the right products will make a big difference in keeping your acne at bay.