How to conquer chest acne

Breakouts on the face, chest, and back are a common issue for many people. So much so that terms like back acne, bacne, and chest acne can often cause one to shudder. There are many factors that can cause these breakouts.  Oily skin, clogged pores, diet, and environment are just a few.  There is hope; I know this from personal experience.

Since moving to the south, I deal with occasional bumps on my chest during the hotter months of the year. I have oily skin and my sebum production is affected by the humid weather. (Sebum is the oil or waxy material your body naturally produces to lubricate and protect your skin and hair.) Here’s what has worked for me to conquer chest acne.

  1. Keep your skin clean. I wash with one of Sénica’s soap bars.
  1. Try facial steams and heat compresses to keep your pores clear. Oil and dirt can clog the pores which can lead to breakouts. A heat compress is my go-to method for those white bumps that seem to pop out of no where. If caught early, a few minutes of a warm compress usually opens up my pores and releases any build up that is happening. A mask can also be helpful for drawing out impurities. Clay or herbal masks are ideal because they are customizable and are good for refreshing the skin.
  1. Go easy on the oils. I tend to skip the oil/moisturizer particularly in the evening to give my skin a chance to balance itself. When I do use oil, I opt for literally one (1) drop or a scant dab of moisturizer and spread it over my face and décolletage after applying a light mist.
  1. Use a moisturizing mist to hydrate the skin. I like rose water because of its cleansing properties. Orange blossom water is another food grade option if you don’t like the smell of roses. You can also infuse your own herbal waters but be mindful to only do a small amount at a time and keep it refrigerated between uses.
  1. Allow breakouts to heal on their own. Don’t pick the scabs off. Picking scabs a wreak havoc on your skin. Try to be patient or you risk unwanted scars and blemishes.
  1. Try the Blemish Balm. It helps with the skin healing process and in reducing hyper pigmentation. Aided by super herbs of comfrey and calendula, this specialty balm does not disappoint. You can learn more about it here,

While I still have occasional bumps these tips have helped me improve the appearance of my skin and minimize scarring. I hope they work for you. What tips would you add to the list? Leave your comment below.

If you’re a visual learner, take a look at this image from the Mayo clinic on how acne develops,


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