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Chest Acne: Is There a Cure for Your Skin?

Getting a pimple can be embarrassing, but what if you start experiencing acne breakouts on your chest of all places?

Believe it or not, this is much more common than you think, and on top of that, it is humiliating and often difficult to conceal inflamed and red chest acne outbreaks.

Chest acne is actually similar to facial acne, and it results from clogged pores mixing with an accumulation of oil and dead skin, further compounded by infection and inflammation caused by the p. acnes bacteria. That definitely paints a nasty picture, leaving you scouring the Internet and racking your brain for any type of treatment that will clear up the delicate skin on your chest. Right?

Another important thing to keep in mind is that the skin on your chest is thin and subject to damage, especially if it has already been compromised by sun exposure. Many men and women neglect to care for their chest in the same way that they care for their face, but if you do not take the time to treat this chest acne, then it is likely that you will have serious and highly visible scarring on your chest after the acne has healed. This is something that you want to avoid at all costs!

Chest Acne Treatment: What Really Works?

If you start to search online for a chest acne cure, as a woman, you may stumble across quite a few beauty blogs online attempting to give you their advice. I personally saw some disturbing advice at MarieClaire.com telling chest acne sufferers to dab benzoyl peroxide directly onto chest blemishes, which is actually the last thing that you want to do if you hope to clear up your skin and keep it free from scarring!

Yes, using a drying ingredient like benzoyl peroxide may seem like a good idea, but when you look a little closer, you will find that benzoyl peroxide is a harsh and aggressive chemical ingredient often found in over-the-counter acne products that will do more harm to your skin than good. If you use benzoyl peroxide in the long term, it will leave your chest red, flaky, and severely dehydrated. While you may experience temporary relief from a few chest acne blemishes, they will return with full force and become even more difficult to treat since the quality and integrity of your skin has been compromised by the use of benzoyl peroxide.

But don’t take my word for it! Listen to the first-hand account of a few acne sufferers on the acne.org forums that had unfortunate experiences with benzoyl peroxide:

I think for those with complicated lesions, inflamed, difficult to deal with I would recommend that. But what worries me a little is the “Peroxide” in the formula. We all know that Hydrogen Peroxide generate free radicals and seems to be the case in BP, meaning premature aging.
So I think if you manage to control your acne, then you should consider using Tea Tree Oil and Salicylic Acid (SA) on the spot. SA works wonderful reducing inflammation and avoiding the red big bump we all hate. Tea tree oil kill bacteria.

I should have researched the side effects before trying benzoyl peroxide. I have religiously followed my dermatologist recommendations and have been using benzoyl peroxide for five years. I didn’t know that benzoyl peroxide caused premature aging. I found that out only a week ago. Since then, I stopped using benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide 10% does help my cystic acne, but it doesn’t eliminate it.

[Benzoyl peroxide] does cause severe drying and is a killer if you get it anywhere near your eyelids so you have to be careful, leaves red marks where you had a spot, I still keep getting spots so it doesn’t prevent you getting them just helps clear them faster, I am a little concerned about premature aging so think I am going to just put it on the individual spots for most nights .

So what is the bottom line when it comes to finally getting rid of chest acne? Well, the truth is that the answer is much simpler than you may think, and it starts with making essential changes to your diet. To give you a quick example, foods that are very high in sugar not only cause damage to the immune system, but they also inhibit the skin’s ability to absorb necessary minerals. Eating too much sugar over the long term will begin to break down the elasticity and function of your skin, leaving it dry, lackluster, and unhealthy.

If you want to have any hope of getting rid of chest acne and preserving the quality of your skin, it is important to cut damaging foods containing excess amounts of sugar and preservatives out of your diet as quickly as possible so that your skin can finally get the nutrients that it needs to repair itself. When you couple that with avoiding harsh chemicals in your acne treatment products, you will finally be able to look forward to beautiful and clear skin from head to toe!

Sources:

  1. “Chest Acne – Preventing Back and Chest Acne – Marie Claire.” Hairstyles, Women’s Fashion, Beauty Products, and Relationship Advice – Marie Claire. Web. 06 Jan. 2011. <http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/how-to/tips/acne-back-chest>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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