Pimples on the breast can be painful, unattractive and embarrassing. Bumps on breast can be much of concern especially one that won’t get away. Pimple on breast can be a sign of breast cancer. The causes of breast pimples include; heat rush, pregnancy, fungal infection, hormonal change, breastfeeding etc.
Pimples can appear on the nipples, around areola, on the side, under or on the surface of the breast. Breast lumps occur in both men and women, but commonly on females especially those of ages 30 to 50 which may not necessarily be a reason to panic. Being able to identify the look of pimples can help to distinguish and know the type of infection.
What causes of breast bump?
Is this pimples or growth on breast normal? It is quite normal for teenage girls and boys to get breast pimples. Usually, the normal bumps can appear in women during menses and pregnancy. Although black pimples on your breast call for doctor consultation especially if they keep recurring. Normally, pimples are as a result of blocked skin pores, sweat and dirt. Here are causes, pictures and ways to get rid of pimples under, around, on the areola and on the surface of the breast. The causes include;
Bumps can appear on the breast during pregnancy and periods in most women. Generally, the appearance of the bumps in this time is due to hormonal changes in the body. These bumps are usually normal. Hormonal fluctuations in your body make the skin to release excess sebum. Excess release of sebum causes pores blockage leading to acne on the breast skin. Pregnancy pimples can go on until child delivery.
2. Stress pimples on breast
Stress is not a direct contributor to breast pimples. Excessive stress causes the body to release stress hormones which are a major cause of zits and acne boils on the breast. There are several stressful life situations that can lead to the production of stress hormones or hormonal imbalance causing excessive sebum secretion and acne zits formation.
3. Breastfeeding pimples
Post pregnancy acne or pimples breakout may occur after pregnancy. During this period your hormones are still imbalanced, which may cause pimples on the breast. Pimples at this time can manifest differently in individuals. In some people these pimples can be painful, itchy, bleed, feel hard or even sore to touch. Breastfeeding pimples can occur under the breast or on the breast surface or even bone area.
Body pimples may be running in your family lineage. If you come from such family and you get breast pimples they can be attributed to your genetics.
5. Medication and allergies pimples
Breast pimples may occur as side effects of certain medication. Medications like steroids, Dilantin may trigger over production of sebum that leads to boil formation. Medication that suppresses the immune system may hinder the body fighting bacteria thus causing bumps on the breast.
Other medication might increase functions of thyroid gland increasing the function of sebaceous follicles. Medications like corticosteroids are also linked to lumps on the breast.
6. Diets with dairy products and too much fatty acids.
Dairy products are known for causing skin pimples. Diary product triggers pimple producing hormones. Fatty food increases the fat content in the body that makes you prone to pimple break out.
Other possible sources of acne include
- Sugar, carbs and chocolate
- Fatty, fried, greasy foods
- Coconut oils
7. Breast pimples before period
According to Shape Magazine, cystic acne may be severe when having periods or during months of pregnancy. Other symptoms that accompany such, include red pimples, found on the forehead, face, breast, chest or back. These kind of pimples are normal and are as a result of hormones fluctuations.
8. Hormonal changes
In women, hormonal change is a major culprit in the occurrence of breast pimples. High level of oestrogen makes the breast feel sore and may lead to lumps, fibroids and cysts, once the hormones level shifts the changes stimulated are reversed.
The swelling of the breast tissue diminishes and the breast softens. In a healthy breast, the new cell growth and fluid production triggered by hormones subside and bumps, thickening and pain disappear very quickly. Lumps that persist is worth of investigation.
9. Zits on breast after breast reduction and implants
In many occasions, the people who have had breast reduction have a susceptibility of getting lumps. The small hard lump is caused by fat necrosis within the area of the breast. However, such lumps can cause anxiety but according to a Cosmetic Breast surgeon, it is benign and does not carry any risk.
In case the silicone gel filled implant rupture it may escape from the scar tissue. The capsule around the implant may migrate away as a result causing a lump in the breast, armpit, chest wall or even on the abdomen.
10. Heat and tight bras
Acne Mechanica can occur in your breast if you are a sporty person. Pimples on breast can occur as a result of;
- Tight clothing especially bras that have non-breathable fabrics
- Friction on the skin with certain fabrics may cause irritation
- Pressure on the skin as a result of very tight fitting bras
- Hot and humid weather
- Sweat plus tight bras or constantly rubbed skin can cause skin irritation and formation of boils on the breast
According to American Cancer Society, it states that if you have a pimple on your breast filled with pus and painful that won’t go away, avoid popping it. Scratching it would make it worse, hence you should see a doctor for a diagnosis.
Cancerous growth on the breast can start as a tiny itchy zit that won’t go away and turns to a large boil on the breast.
12. Bug bit
Bug bites on the breast is another major cause of breast bumps. Usually characterised by reddish pimples as a result of stress applied on the skin. In other cases, it may ooze pus depending on the source of the bite.
The digestive system is a critical body system that enables the body to function properly. It is responsible for food breakdown to get useful components or nutrients needed by the body to function. Malfunction of the digestive system like low hydrochloric acid in the stomach leads to increased toxin levels that can lead to acne formation.
Other body parts malfunctions that can cause lumps on the breast include:
- Kidney helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Therefore, malfunction of kidney leads to accumulation of toxins in the body. This makes the liver to start assisting the kidneys in removing the highly accumulated toxins through the skin. The skin ultimately becomes overworked, leading to excess production of sebaceous follicle secretion, forming boils on the face, chest and breast.
- Malfunction of internal organs such as liver may eventually leads to glandular disorders. This is the disorder of the glands of the body like hyperthyroidism, thyrotoxicosis (condition resulting from excess production of thyroid hormones). Glandular disorders result to hormonal imbalance in your body causing the formation of pimples on the breast.
Other causes of pimple on breast include;
- Personal lifestyle can lead to over production of sebum in your body. The sebaceous follicle is a structure in your body that contain oil-producing glands and also the hair follicles. People who have an active lifestyle are more susceptible to breast pimples since they are likely to experience excessive sweating, exposure to polluted and dirty These factors lead to lumps, boil, zits or pimple formation on the breast.
- Yeast infection; a fungal infection as a result of sweaty and retained moisture making a breeding ground for yeast fungi. Yeast causes pimple beneath the breast that appears as red Inflamed rash and itchy
- Montgomery glands; natural glands that look like pimples which are found in the areola and around the nipple. They are known as Montgomery tubercles. They lubricate and keep the nipple well protected. They usually appear mostly in women above 30 years. When there is rise in hormone levels these glands swell up and become filled with sebum.
- Using oral contraceptives; contraceptives increases hormones in the body. They may lead to hormonal imbalance causing acne pimple formation.
Bumps on nipple and under the breast
Hard pimples on the side, under, nipple, around the breast, require your attention, whether painful itchy or not.
- Pimples on the nipple may swell become big and pop on its own with clear fluid. A pimple may also bleed because of the inflammation of the nipple and allergies in some people. Friction from your bra, scratching or even touching may be the cause of it getting popped on its own. Small Itchy pimple growing on the nipple, according to health line, may be atopic dermatitis since may be caused by soaps, cleanser and artificial/ synthetic fabric that you use.
- Pimples under the breast that appear as a rash may be caused by heat rash. This is usually common in women with a bigger breast, due to lack of aeration, sweating and blockage of the skin pores. In some cases, the pimple under the breast may be as a result of fungal infection. This happens especially if elementary hygiene is not observed in that area. As such you may get itchy bumps under the breast as a result.
It worth noting that pimples or growth can turn out to be benign or non-cancerous while others may require specialised surgical removal irrespective of where they occur on the breast.
Bumps on breast in men
Men too are prone to breast pimples. They may be caused by acne or due to a sebaceous cyst. In case you find yourself having a small painful lump on your nipple, consider going for a medical checkup. In adults, a male pimple can be as a result of cancer and other serious skin infections especially those pimples that won’t go away after home remedies.
Men may also get pimples due to increased hormones and physical workouts. This kind of pimples often occur around the chest and spread to the nipple area. They can be irritating and uncomfortable and when scratched they become red and sore pimples. According to American Cancer Society, men should watch out for:
- A lump, swelling that may (or not) be painless
- Redness or scaling of the breast skin or nipple
- Skin puckering or dimpling
- Nipple retraction or turning inwards
- Discharge from the nipple
Types of pimples on breast
1. Itchy pimple on breast.
Itchy Breast pimple can be caused by a variety of factors like allergies, infections, sunburn, breast trauma like piercing, use of certain drugs, breast augmentation, breast cancer and uncomfortable lingerie.
2. White lump on breast
White bumps on breast are usually caused by Montgomery glands. Whitehead like structure on the areola, coloured area around the breast nipple is Montgomery glands that often ooze whitish secretion when pressed. They are normal glands that help to lubricate the areola and nipple thus protecting the breast.
3. Red lump on the breast
The red pimples on the breast is a common sign of inflammation or may be a sign of infection. They usually occur as a response of the immune system to the bacteria and pus that is found in zits. This may end up with red inflamed skin as the immune system try to get rid of zits and bacteria in them. If you also try to pop out pimples, it’s more likely to become a red pimple or sore or even end up bleeding.
4. Black pimples on breast
Can a pimple be cancer symptom? According to the American Cancer Society, skin irritation or infection might be an early sign of breast cancer especially that keep recurring. However, in women who are breastfeeding a recurring lump mays be a sign of yeast infection. Fitness Magazine advises that, if you see breast cyst or a pus-filled pimple on your boob, itchy or painful, avoid squeezing it. Cancerous growths on breast may start as simple tiny zits and later turn into large, hard lump or boil. A cancerous pimple is characterised by the following symptoms
- A Pus-filled pimple on breast- fungal infection, dermatitis and milk blisters may appear pus filled. Pus filled pimple should not be ignored at all, consult your doctor to take the medical Pimples under the breast can be due to fungal infections. However, Pimples that are hard, black or appear to be dark, on the breast surface and that won’t go away may be a sign of breast cancer.
- Recurring or a pimple that won’t go away- recurring pimple that won’t heal or last for weeks, a month may be a symptom of breast cancer. If your pimples on the breast make the areas become tender, warm and itchy or painful it may also be a symptom of breast cancer and you should seek medical attention.
Lump that won’t go away
Pimples on the breast could be a sign of an infection and in some cases a potential warning of breast cancer. According to America Cancer Society, skin irritation may be an early sign of breast cancer. However, in some women who might be breastfeeding appearance of pimples like bumps may be just a sign of yeast infection.
In cases where your breast acne is painful and don’t go away with regular home remedies or over the counter treatment or even both, you should see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. The doctor would be able to advise and even rule out other more serious cases.
Treatment of pimple, boils, bumps, zits on breast
In cases where the breast boils, bumps, zits or a sore pimple does not go away on its own, you can see dermatologists to help determine what causes your breast pimples. He or She may prescribe stronger topical or oral medications that treat breast bumps. The following are some commonly used prescription;
Salicylic acid– this is an effective method for treating acne and zits pimples. It acts as exfoliating agents that unplug skin pores as well as prevent further formation of breast pimples.
Benzoyl peroxide – these medications are used in form of lotions, gel, creams and also cleansers. They help in cleaning the skin, getting rid of excess oil and dead cells that cause breast lumps.
Oral antibiotics and isotretinoin may also be prescribed if you have severe and deep acne cysts on your breast
Home remedies for breast pimples
These are inexpensive natural cures or remedies that can give much relief when it comes to getting rid of pimples on the breast. They include:
- You can treat breast pimples by just changing certain habits or even using over the counter medications or even combining both to get These habits include;
Things to do or the do’s
- Wash the affected area at least twice a day with mild soap
- Always shower after exercise, workout or heavy sweating
- Avoid over exposure of your chest to the sun
- Use tea tree oil gels, wash to reduce breast acne
- Use creams and lotions that contain zinc to help reduce the breakouts
- Use over the counter gel that contains sulphur, salicylic acid, resorcinol or benzoyl peroxide
- Use of birth control pills for some women to regulate hormonal imbalance and control acne formation.
The don’ts or things to avoid?
- Using soaps that are harsh like those with alcohol as an ingredient since they dry out your skin
- Staying with sweaty clothes after work out
- Wearing tight bras, or with irritating fabrics
- Scrubbing the affected area too hard
- Popping, picking or squeezing pimples
- Apply cucumber juice on the pimple at least 3 times a day. This remedy helps to get rid of bump around areola in both men and women very fast
- Applying or rubbing garlic on the pimple a few times daily. This method be painful a little bit but it helps to heal the pimples
- Apply ground orange juice mixed with warm water at least three times daily. It helps cure the area healing it completely.
- Wash your breast with warm water regularly. This method helps to heal the milk blisters and those caused by blockage of the Montgomery glands effectively.
However, if a pimple on breast keeps recurring you can explore additional treatment. Those treatments that help cure underlying causes to prevent their recurrence.