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How Do You Get Rid of Chest Acne?

Chest acne is not much different from the facial acne except for the location of the breakouts. However, the treatment of chest acne is more difficult as compared to treating facial acne just because they are always concealed which allows sweating and bacteria to grow easily. Also, the clothes are always rubbing against them to make the acne worse by spreading the infection. Chest acne become severe during the summers when the temperatures are high throughout the day leaving you pouring with sweat. Sometimes, we can ignore the breakouts assuming that they are pimples. This gives them further time to spread and cover up the whole chest before we start treatment for chest acne. Thus, it is extremely important that you identify chest acne at an early stage and start the treatment immediately.

How Do You Get Rid of Chest Acne?

The first step to get rid of chest pimples is to avoid scratching or trying to pick the heads off. This can spread the infections further causing more acne. Your chest is always covered with clothes and thus the clothes are always rubbing against the acne. Choose clothes that are soft on your chest.

Application of gel containing salicylic acid and benzoyl acid are helpful in getting rid of acne in all parts of body including chest acne. You can easily get such gel over the counter at your local medical store. You need to apply the gel on your chest and leave it for the entire day or night. Tropical oregano oils such as Oregano P73 oil helps in getting rid of the bacteria from your skin and thus avoiding pimples or chest acne. It also helps in drying off the surface to help in healing. Retinols such as Retin-A has special properties that help in opening up the clogged pores and treating the main cause of acne. The only problem with the retinols is that they increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunrays. Thus, you would need to apply a good sunscreen on top of it to make sure that sun cannot do any damage. Cindamycin gel has antibacterial properties to keep your skin safe from infectious bacterial growth. You can also try prescription-strength potion to get rid of chest acne. Start with once a week dosage and wait for a couple of weeks to observe the results. If you do not see any significant improvement, you can increase the dose to twice a week.

How You Can Prevent Chest Acne?

How You Can Prevent Chest Acne?

Chest acne is more troublesome than facial acne and takes longer time to treat them. Thus, it is always good to take necessary steps to prevent them from occurring. You do not need to do anything special, just make sure that you take regular showers. This ensures that the bacteria cannot infect your skin and cause chest acne. Using a good physical exfoliator or a cleansing brush is helpful in getting rid of dirt and bacteria from the skin. Skin washes containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide opens up the skin pores and prevents acne from occurring. For an added prevention, you can also try acid-laced pads to wipe your chest after a shower. This ensures that skin clearing agents keeps you protected from bacteria all day long.

Avoid using thick lotions during the winters when the skin is already hydrated. Also, the choice of soft and cotton clothes is important during summers to keep your skin well aerated allowing the sweat to dry up. Change your clothes after exercising or physical exertion. In case you do not have an extra piece of cloth to change, you can at least take a quick shower.


  1. Mayo Clinic. (2021). Acne. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Association. (n.d.). Acne. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne
  3. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2020). Acne. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/acne
  4. Zeichner, J. A., Baldwin, H. E., Cook-Bolden, F. E., & Eichenfield, L. F. (2017). Emerging Issues in Adult Female Acne. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 10(1), 37–46.

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Last Modified On:August 18, 2023

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