Pimples on the chest can be a cause of discomfort to the affected person. The causes of chest pimples include allergies, hormonal imbalance, poor hygiene, reproductive system disorders, sweating etc. Chest bumps can occur in both males and females, during pregnancy and before period. Here are pictures, causes and how to get rid of pimples on your chest.
Pimples on the chest can be an indication of normal to more serious underlying health issues. Majorly, many chest pimples tend to go away by themselves whereas other keeps on recurring or take longer period until they are properly diagnosed.
What are causes of chest pimples?
According to American Academy of Dermatology, the main cause of zits/ acne remains a mystery, However, the factors below are known to cause pimples and zits on the skin.
1. Waxing, shaving and chest hair removal
Waxing is a temporary form of hair removal. Whiteheads pimples can occur after waxing if the shafts are left wide open allowing bacterial infections. Waking may allow some bacteria to enter, coupled by mechanical irritation. This may set up an infection at the base of the hair shafts.
- Shaving is a hair removal method using a razor or any other bladed tool to slice it down. Skin irritation when using this method may occur due to shaving too closely, shaving too quickly or roughly, applying too much pressure when shaving. Shaving can cause a chest pimple
- Stress has been found as one of the causes of acne especially if characterised by pimples along the spine on the back. According to cosmopolitan, stress triggers, acne and acne cause more stress which is a vicious cycle.
Generally, stress makes the body produce stress hormones like cortisol that stimulate oil glands to make testosterone that leads to increased oil production clogging the skin pores
Pregnancy tends to cause pimples break out especially towards 6 weeks of pregnancy. During this period hormone surges (progesterone) causes female glands to secrete more sebum that clogs pores. Clogged pores cause bacteria to build up causing pimples on chest.
- Most women prone to the outbreak are those who develops pimples during menstruation on the chest. The possibility of those a pimple lasting until you give birth is very high once you develop them. It’s advisable to avoid acne medication that may harm your baby such as Accutane
4. HIV/AIDs and STDS
According to etharc.org, STDs infections like gonorrhoea, herpes, scabies, and HIV can cause chest pimples at advanced stages. Patients with HIV often develop skin conditions including viral, fungal and bacterial infections and even cancer.
5. Hormonal changes during period
Periods and hormonal imbalance in women can lead to excess production of sebum and also affect immunity. In cases where the pimples are as a result of natural hormonal changes like pregnancy and lactation, the rashes disappear on their own soon as the hormones balances gets back to normal again
Skin cancer can cause pimples or lumps that are new, firm red and dome-shaped that are growing progressively bigger more than a month. According to Dailymail, melanoma is the fourth common cancer diagnosed in Australia. According to Cancer Council Australia, the risk of melanoma increases with exposure to UV radiation especially with episodes of sunburn. Nodular melanomas are also more deadly cancer because they grow rapidly in depth normally four times than other melanomas. Other forms of cancer can also cause pimples on the chest as they metastasis.
Herpes is a skin infection caused by herpes simplex virus. The virus attacks the cells in the epidermal layer of the skin causing pimples on the skin usually the chest, neck, face, legs and stomach. Herpes gladiatorum is the most infectious, usually transmitted by skin to skin contact. Herpes causes chest bumps which may appear between 2 to 20 days after exposure and do not last longer than 10 days.
- Primary infection usually heals completely without leaving a scar but unfortunately, the virus remains in the body to a latent This may make you experience recurrences even after the pimples have been taken care of. The virus moves to nerve cells that are reactivated or triggered by external conditions line sun exposure. Pimples caused by herpes are accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes, fever, headache and sore throat.
Steroid acne mostly often adolescent or adult who have been taking moderate or even high doses of oral steroids. Acne is one of the many side effects from steroids. The usage of steroids increases androgen levels in the body triggering production of sebum (secretion of more oil). Working out also causes the body to sweat more, in turn making the oil level on the skin to increase.
9. Excessive sweating during workout
Pimples on chest sometimes come as a result of sweat, dirt and oil. Working out increases your cardiovascular fitness, burn calories and make you feel good but may cause acne. The fabric of your cloth may can also be another cause if they are not moisture wicking. Clothing trap a lot of sweat close to the skin that may encourage the development of acne on your chest. Sweating from hot and humid climate may too cause sweat pimples. This makes a normal skin yeast to grow on the skin that overgrows on the pores. Clogged pores and oily skin makes the yeast to celebrate as the infections erupt once they come in contact.
10. Sun tanning
Many people brief sun clears the skin, yet what they see is tan darkening around the pimples making it stand out. This is just an illusion, sun make the skin dry but as dryness and tan seem better in short term they cause pimples on the long run. UV damages the skin through weakening the natural barriers as well as causing it to lose moisture.
This makes the skin dry and as a result
- Triggers the skin to try and fix this by producing more and more oil.
- Sun exposure instead of preventing or lessening the breakout it worsens the root of the problem.
Reproductive system diseases and disorders can cause chest acne or zits. Immune deficiency and diabetes are also known the cause of chest zits. Digestive problems are may cause pimples on the chest. Dairy product and food contain high levels of glycemic which results in the production of excess sebum that leads to the development of pimples on the chest. Uncompensated diabetes is another cause of chest pimples. Cold-related diseases can also trigger chest pimples breakout.
12. Medicine/ antibiotics/ allergies
Pimples on the chest can appear as a result of the allergic reaction to the medicines, perfumes as well as the cosmetic products. Food allergic reaction may also cause chest acne. Some chemicals in detergents can cause acne. Clothes once they slip on the skin, or pillow the skin may be allergic to some fabric residue resulting to chest acne.
13. Environmental factors- sweating/heat during summer
According to Mayo Clinic, the environment in which on is working on determining your health. Working in a dirty environment and under a lot of emotional or psychological stress may cause chest bumps. Sweating or during summer season can also lead to clogging of pores that may cause the development of pimples.
- Clothing plays a vital role in your body. Cloth from irritating fabric may also cause acne on your chest. Using inappropriate garment during workout may cause acne
- Inconsistent proper elementary hygiene or attention may also lead to the development of acne on the chest. Poor hygiene standard leads to build up of dead skin cells and dirt on the skin pores increasing the chances of experiencing chest bumps
Pimples on females chest
Pimples tend to develop almost in every woman, although high prevalence is on the young ones. As the women get older the pimples often get better. You can also get chest bumps at 30 or 40 for the first time. Pimples are more upsetting illness in women that can lead to low self-esteem, depression or poor body image. Acne in young women tends to be more random and mostly linked to hormonal changes. During puberty, girls increase in androgens that trigger body glands to produce more sebum. Pregnancy and menopause improve the development of pimples on women and they are worse during this times. Stopping use of birth control pills, make-up pressure on skin and family history can also play a role as well in the development of the chest bumps.
Another possible reason for a pimple on the breast is Montgomery glands. The glands help to produce a lubricant that keeps the nipple well protected, most commonly in older than 30 years’ women. You should know it’s a myth that women get acne since they don’t wash enough. Too much scrubbing or washing make pimples worse. Be careful to clean your make-ups or cosmetics products applied without harsh scrubbing. Much concern nowadays is the breast cancer, thankfully many pimples on the breast are nothing to cause panic. However according to Komen Foundation, if the bumps on the breast appear to be deeper it can be a sign of a more serious condition such as mastitis, fibroids or cysts.
Pimples on males chest
Most men will at least develop acne on their lives. Young men are more likely to have more serious forms of chest bumps. Many men who shave get acne from the drops of shaving cream after shave irritates the chest or after using a blunt razor. Sports acne is another major pimple causes on men as a result of sweating or inappropriate clothing when exercising which tend to retain sweat. Sometimes it may occur due to contact with dermatitis or reaction to the fabric of the clothes worn.
Adult men chest pimple can be as a result of a large number of skin conditions starting from fabric irritation, eczema and chemical irritants. Fungal infections like tinea corporis (ringworm) or tinea versicolor can cause chest pimples in men. Shaver’s chest pimples are the easiest form of chest bumps to reverse.
Zits and bumps on chest that won’t go away
A pimple on chest, especially one that won’t go away or keeps coming back could be a sign of a serious skin problem or even cancer and they should be taken seriously.
How to get rid of chest pimples naturally
Waxing – if waxing happens to be the cause of pimples, keeping the skin clean, dry and applying antibacterial cream is the best way to prevent whitehead pimples. Unfortunately, if this usually happens after waxing, you should probably consider a different future hair removal method.
Shaving – if the cause of a chest pimple is shaving, you should avoid blunt razors, dry shaving or apply too much pressure during shaving. Moist skin shaving, using moisturising gel, resist shaving too closely, avoiding scratching or irritating products on the shaved area.
Pregnancy – the best way to do is to clean up gently and mildly in the morning and at night. Avoid being tempted to scrub or over wash the affected area. Moisturising your skin after cleaning up, but use oil free moisturisers. Eat smart, avoid the sun and oil-rich cosmetic product and drink a lot of water.
Herpes – maintaining hygiene standards and screening to exclude infected people from activities like contact sports.
Steroid acne– the main remedy or treatment depends on the causes since they may until the medication is discontinued. Oral isotretinoin help to treat the effects. Another method includes the following steps
- Keep your body clean by washing the skin once or twice per day with cleanser soap. This help to remove excess oil on the skin
- Use cosmetics and skin care with no oil, like water-based and non-comedogenic. Apply daily to help blemish and prevent further acne breakout
- Consult your doctor on using retinoid to heal acne. Retinoid comes from vitamin A and helps in unclogging the skin pores and prevent further acne. Apply the affected area before going to bed.
- Ensure you eat low sugar and glycemic diets. This help in lowering blood sugar and stop new acne from occurring. Zinc supplement of 30mg twice a day help reduces the effects
- Consider speaking to your doctor or dermatologist about oral antibiotics that help killing bacteria under your skin to reduce inflammation
Sweat acne- wear moisture wicking fabrics that will not irritate your skin and causes an acne breakout. Basic personal hygiene of your body also may help to prevent or control acne.
Stress- exercise regularly, meditate and take rest time to focus on your health. This will help to reduce effects of stress that triggers production of excess oil.
Allergies- choose a detergent that is dye and fragrant free and been tested by the dermatologists for sensitive skins. If the causes are the garment, choose cloth with the garment that does not trigger pimples.
Diseases- eating a balanced diet that includes greens, leafy vegetables and fruits may help in preventing disease acne.
How to get rid of pimples on chest
Home remedies are effective methods of treating chest bumps although factors such as rubbing clothing causing friction or creating pressure on the skin may make it problematic to get rid of acne.
- Use exfoliating glove and cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, change the glove every 10-12 weeks since they can be a breeding area for bacteria’s.
- Use any soap with shredding agents that help to get rid of acne
- Avoid scrubbing too roughly to avoid irritating the dance, be gentle only to remove dead skins
- Ensure you shower daily to avoid sebum collecting bacterias causing acne
Use of benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide helps fighting bacteria that cause acne. It also helps in drying out and peeling the dead skin layers preventing clogging of skin pores.
Using aspirin paste to get rid of pimples on chest
Aspirin contains salicylic acid
Use of oral isotretinoin
Isotretinoin is a primarily used to treat severe acne. The most side effect of this method includes a headache and muscle aches and pains. It’s also known to cause birth defects due to the resemblance to retinoic acid which controls normal embryonic development. According to Wikipedia Women taking isotretinoin must not get pregnant during and one month after isotretinoin therapy
Use of tea tree oil
It contains antibacterial, antifungal and antibacterial compounds that reduce inflammation of chest bumps.
- Add 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil into 30 ml of carrier oil to dilute. (Carrier oil like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil or jojoba oil).
- Use cotton ball to apply on the chest bumps
- Repeat or use daily to cleanse your affected chest. You can use three times a day for best results
Rub garlic on the acne to make it heal easily. However, be ready to bear the smell to gain something better.
Use milk solution
Take yoghurt in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix well and apply on the bumps directly. Clean the area applies after a while with lukewarm water.
Using Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is effective home remedy method since it contains anthraquinones and lectins which are useful to treat for pimples, acne, cysts and other skin problems
- Take aloe Vera leaf and cut out the gel from the leaf
- Apply the gel on the pimples. Rub it for sometimes and leave it for about 30 minutes
- Apply once to two times a day. You will notice good results after continued use of 14 days
Use of salt solution
It is a quite effective method for a short term method.
- Take I cup of sea salt and add to 1 litre of water
- Soak a clean cloth in the mixture, wring the salt water out but not to complete dryness
- Apply it on your chest, clean the whole area and then let it dry for 2-3 minutes
- Repeat the procedure 3-5 times
Use lemon juice
Acidic properties can help cure acne
- Cut a lemon into half
- Rub the open part on your affected chest
- Leave it for about an hour and then rub using Luke warm water. If you have sensitive skin to lemon add sugar on the open before you rub it to create a balance of acid