Chest Acne: How to Get Rid of Body Acne
Chest acne can show up in many forms, such as blackheads, pimples,
pustules, or even the most severe form of acne, cysts. Chest acne can
affect people from age 10 to age 40 and even after that.
Chest acne is often referred as zits. To improve the condition
of chest acne, it is vital to understand what the root cause of this
skin disease is, and also some information about what does not cause
Like other forms of acne, there is no one particular factor
causing chest acne. As far as medical understanding goes, chest acne
also happens when sebaceous glands start functioning more aggressively
around puberty. These sebaceous glands are situated just below the
surface of the skin. Sebaceous glands continuously produce and secrete
oil through the opening (pores) in the skin. When extra amounts of
sebum are produced pores and hair follicles become clogged.
This clogging obstructs the way dead cells escape the skin. The
resulting mess of sebum and dead cells plugs the hair follicle and
attracts bacterial attack. The bacteria cause the surrounding tissues
to become inflamed and acne is formed.
Chest acne may be found on
the torso and chest and even on the stomach area of some people. It can
be a severe form when the lesions are large and painful. As with much
acne, the exact cause of chest acne is also not exactly known.
may be just a coincidence or may be caused by external irritants such
as tight synthetic clothing or an irritating bra strap. It is not
possible to keep the area of chest untouched because women must wear
bras and t-shirts. For this reason, it is better to concentrate on the
treatment of chest acne.
As the skin on the body is thicker than anywhere else on the
body, one good treatment option is 10 percent benzoyl peroxide which is
not suitable for the thinner skin on the face.
There are some differences between chest acne and other forms of
acne. Other acne may be caused by heredity and genetic disposition but
in the chest acne, except for the severe cases, people don't have the
problem just as their parents did. In anyway, some degree of chest acne
afflicts people all over the world so it can be expected that more than
one person of any family might have shown signs of back acne.
other acne forms, food does not seem to play any role in the formation
or flare up of chest acne. Excessive oil production or dirt does not
seem to affect condition of chest acne. Even excessive perspiration
after exercise, whether washed off promptly or not, does not seem to
trigger chest acne.
Most probably, the simpler forms of chest acne might disappear
with daily hygienic routine but as cystic chest acne goes deep into the
skin and causes permanent scarring, it should be given more medical
attention than simple pustules or blackheads on the chest area.