Tres Belle Spa: Chest Acne Chill Out June 27 2014
Just like on our face or shoulders and back, our chest can harbor clogged pores courtesy of excess oil (thanks, nature!) resulting in inflammation and the formation of pimples or whiteheads, says Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, a New York-based dermatologist. If you work out a lot, excessive sweat mixes with your body’s essential oils and can clog your pores. Tight clothing that doesn’t allow the skin to breath can also contribute to chest acne. The clothes will rub against your skin, spreading oil and bacteria.
“Breakouts on the back or shoulders (AKA folliculitis) are caused by the same mechanism that causes whiteheads on the face,” says Clearasil’s dermatologist, Dr. Dendy Engelman. Because of this, treatments and ingredients are the same for facial acne. “Just be careful of benzoyl peroxide containing products as they can bleach fabrics. Medicated wipes treated with salicylic acid are a safe and effective way to treat a large body surface area without putting your favorite piece of clothing at risk,” says Dr. Engelman.
When you constantly pick and touch your skin during the day, you are likely spreading bacteria and other nasty stuff from your fingertips right into your pores. Picking can also break the skin and cause the breakout to spread, says Allison Tray of Tres Belle Spa in New York City.
Cleanse in the morning and the evening to remove sweat and also pollution from the environment that gets into pores. Make it a ritual to use a cleansing wipe to wipe your back and chest before going to bed. If it becomes a habit, you’ll never forget.
Often, we obsess so much when we have a pimple or breakout that it stresses us out and heightens anxiety. Clean the area in the morning and night and chill out about it, advises Tray.
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