Hi, I’m Anisha and this is my story of how I understood the chest and back acne causes and got rid of them. Being from a family where sports was always get best support and considered as quintessential for one’s wholesome growth, I’ve always been active in sports, from badminton to swimming to basketball. I love the winter season and sweating in winter season while playing your favorite sport gives an ultimate purgatory to your body and soul.
Summers were my worst nightmares, and if you’re reading this then probably even yours too. Throughout summers, I had bad back and chest acne which didn’t really allow me to wear anything – it always got too itchy in long sleeved and covered clothes and too exposed in sleeveless clothes. My back and chest remained reddish throughout the summer. Exposed acne is never a delightful sight to watch for anyone and hence brought about embarrassment for me as well. Being hesitant and shy, it took me time to open up and discuss this problem with others. Initially, I went to a friend of mine who plays with me for the same team in various sports and it turned out that even she had this problem of bad acne, even worse than mine. I soon realized that I’m not alone.
I soon made my mind to consult online with this Dermatologist at Easyderma and know in detail about the chest and back acne causes and its remedies. Dr. Pushpa was quick to respond and provide the best suited treatment plan. The treatment plan in detail explained the chest and back acne causes, other kinds of acne and how to get rid of them.
Here’s a brief of my consultation with Dr. Pushpa regarding chest and back acne causes.
Q1.) What exactly is acne?
It is a very common skin condition, though not dangerous but can leave scars when not handled in time with care. Chest and back acne is also a general phenomenon. It generally occurs during summers in hot and humid climate. We have sebaceous glands in the body that produce oil (sebum) to lubricate and soften our skin and sometimes when this oil is coming out of our skin pores through the hair follicles present in our skin, due to dead cells or sometimes bacteria, it gets clumped and when our body tries to fight the situation, depending on the clump size, sudden chest acne or blackheads occurs. When the body is trying to fight the clump, then the skin gets inflamed, swollen, reddish, tender or sometimes even infected. Acne is just a pimple on your back like your face. While, it is a curse of puberty, it is commonly found in adults too. The acne can last for 5-10 years in case of teenagers and might last longer in case of adults. A majority of adults are hit by acne and it can hit any part of body. Acne can also be caused due to hormonal fluctuations. Sleep deprivation and genetic predisposition are also among the causes of acne. There are various chest and back acne remedies, which when followed can help cure your acne.
Where does the acne hit?
Not only the chest or back as in my case but also on various parts; most commonly on the face and other parts like neck, shoulders and upper arms. The reason remains the same in most of the cases. Though sometimes, there may be different reasons according to the degree of severity of acne, some might occur due to some particular reasons at some particular place. While chest and back causes can be many, the main cause is due to excessive sweating and the oil being unable to come out of the skin pores. This can be dealt with calmness as chest and back acne hurt a lot while wearing or removing any kind of clothes and may get scratched easily, thereby infecting the area. There are situations when chest acne occurs and irritate your chest a lot. Chest and back acne causes can be the same as face acne but not to be confused with pimples on chest.
Does diet play any role in chest and back acne?
The research has been inconclusive. You must have heard that you’re what you eat, but in the case of acne, food doesn’t really play a major role, though it is advisable not to eat oily and junk food for the obvious reason that it is not good for your body and skin. Chest and back acne remedies include clean eating, advisable for good skin and healthy body. There is a school of thought that claims that it is the bad diet that results in acne but no scientific or medicinal research backs their claim. Healthy eating and a balanced diet has been favored and very less to no oily diet for patients whose skin tends to be oily in the summers. A high content of Omega-3 fatty acids, those found in fish, flax seeds, and walnut can also help in reducing the inflammation; green leafy vegetables can also help in clearing impurities from the body which aids in curbing of acne and pimples. One of the best treatments for back and chest acne is drinking at least a gallon of water per day.
Why only in summers?
During this hot and humid climate, your body produces more oil and at the same time, we sweat more too which in turn, clogs up with the hair follicles and gives rise to acne. More often than not, in summers, we tend to use sunscreen which also hampers sebum production, thus resulting in acne. Summer without sunscreen and moisturizer is hard to imagine but then it comes with a price. The blockage of hair follicles due to sunscreen or sometimes dirt or other particles leads to acne on your chest and back. Also, tight fitting clothing, especially which does not allow your skin to breathe can also result in sudden chest acne. Even bed sheets and other materials constantly in contact with your body can cause acne because they also absorb oil from your skin and when the sheets are not washed for too long, then, the dirt and sweat may react to cause you an acne outburst.
How to get rid of it?
You should never scratch them. Exfoliate your skin regularly. Keep this in mind – never scratch, pick or pop a pimple or acne on your body. You need to get dead skin off your face and body also at regular intervals. Dead skin clogs up hair follicles and is one of the main chest and back acne causes. Also, try to take a shower or a face wash when you come back home after an excruciating and tiring workout session. You need to invest in a good body wash and face wash to wash away the oil from your skin every day.
Dr. Pushpa also recommends wearing cotton clothes so that the sweat doesn’t stay long on the skin surface and mixes up with dirt. You should also avoid stress as stress causes an outburst of sebum on your skin. Stress can raise levels of the cortisone hormone, which increases excessive secretion of oil in the skin. Now that you know chest and back acne causes, it is beneficial for you to know that home remedies can also offer relief to some extent, when done regularly and religiously.
Are there any soft medication or home remedies too?
There are various home remedies available to treat and cure chest and back acne. Here are some of the best treatments for chest and back acne at home:
Apple Cider Vinegar: One of the best natural treatment for many skin related diseases and in our case, the best treatment for chest and back acne. It balances the body’s pH level and fights the bacteria. Consuming apple cider vinegar daily in a cup of lukewarm water is really effective or you can just make a mixture of raw apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, mix it well and then apply it on the affected area, wait for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water to clean the affected area.
Honey Mask: Even honey has anti-bacterial properties to fight against acne-causing bacteria and reduce the inflammation. Either apply raw honey to the affected area or just make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder with very little water and apply it twice a day for better recovery.
Aloe Vera: Due to its high antibacterial property, this natural gel can also be used to reduce the effects of acne. Just apply the natural gel from the leaves on the affected area twice on a daily basis. The gel will also act as an anti-inflammatory agent and will also heal the affected area quickly. This is one of the best treatments for chest and back acne causes.
Citric Acid: Using lemon juice can also help as it will help in removing the dead skin. Use it when you wake up, wash the affected area with lemon mixture and also use it while going to bed to rinse off all the dead skin.
Glycolic Acid: You should go for a good body wash with high content of glycolic acid or go for glycolic acid peels and apply on the affected area and peel off within 15 minutes. Glycolic acid is most helpful when combined with Salicylic Acid. It fades away the acne scars.
Mint: Mint can kill it before it occurs. Yes, mint can help in removing clogged pores and can in turn remove the oil before it turns into acne. Mix two finely chopped fresh mint twigs and with yogurt and apply the mixture on your skin for 10 minutes; then rinse off the pack with water.
Tea Tree Oil: Melalecua, more commonly known as tea tree oil is used as an antiseptic and to treat wounds. It also fights bacteria and fungi which will help in reducing acne. Tea tree oil gels are also available and may be as effective as medication. Make a mixture of tea tree oil at home by adding one teaspoon of coconut oil with 4 teaspoons of tea tree oil. Apply lightly on the affected area and wash it after 15 minutes.
What if my chest and back acne causes are severe ?
Sometimes, when acne is not treated in time, a cyst is formed on the skin. The reason of this cyst is the same as why the acne occurs but at times, due to bacterial infection, acne outbreaks get severely infected and need consulting with a Dermatology expert. Black heads and white heads may also appear in case of severe acne. This acne will take time to heal but with proper medication, diet and consulting, they won’t stand between you and your healthy skin. Dairy products should be avoided. Stay in cool places and wear cotton clothes. Sudden chest acne should be treated with care. Scrubbers should never be used in case of severe acne as it may scratch off the skin and worsen the condition.
Consult Dr. Pushpa for more information regarding acne issues and chest and back acne remedies. Though harmless, acne should not be taken casually and proper consultation can help turn this acne mode off.
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