Chest acne can make you feel very self-conscious if you go swimming, go to the beach, workout at the gym, or wear a low-cut top. The appearance of pimples, whiteheads, pustules, or large spots across your upper body can be very unsightly and draw unwelcome attention. Because your chest area is often covered, sweat, excess oil and irritation from clothing can make getting rid of chest acne a c
But don’t worry, there are many effective home remedies that can help you get rid of chest acne quickly. Many of these natural remedies kill off acne-causing bacteria, soothe inflammation, and reduce the amount of sebum the skin produces.
In this article, you will find out how to use natural ingredients like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, aloe vera, and other natural remedies to help get rid of your chest acne. You can also use many of these remedies at home to prevent chest acne returning.
First of all, it’s important to find out what causes pimples and pustules to appear on your chest.
What Causes Chest Acne
Outbreaks of acne on your chest are caused by the same reasons that cause acne on your face or back (“bacne”). Your skin produces an oil called sebum to help protect your skin. However, if the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, your pores can become clogged and infected which results in acne, pimples, and pustules.
There are a number of other reasons why acne can especially affect your chest. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that some other reasons for outbreaks of acne are:1
- an unhealthy diet
- working in a dirty environment
- taking certain medications
- being under emotional or physiological stress
Another reason for chest acne is wearing tight-fitting clothing that doesn’t allow the skin to breathe and clogs up pores on your chest.
Why Chest Acne is Difficult to Treat
Home remedies are an effective way of getting rid of chest acne. However, there are a few factors that make treating chest acne more problematic than getting rid of acne from your face.
The journal Archives of Dermatology describes a condition called acne mechanica. This occurs when acne on the chest is aggravated by items of clothing rubbing, causing friction, or creating pressure on the skin. This can make it harder to treat the underlying causes of chest acne.2
Another factor that makes it trickier to get rid of pimples and red bumps on your chest is to do with the type of skin on your upper body. The website Acne.org says that the skin on your back and chest contains more sebum and acne causing bacteria than the rest of your body. The skin is also thicker and has larger pores, making it easier for them to become inflamed and fill with pus.3
Let’s look as some of the best home remedies that will not only get rid of your chest acne but also care for your skin at the same time. At the end of the article, you will find out some ways that dermatologists treat severe forms of chest acne.
The Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of Chest Acne
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a great natural home treatment for getting rid of chest acne. Tea tree oil contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal compounds that can help to reduce inflammation in clogged pores. Tea tree oil is useful for treating all types of acne because it kills off acne-causing bacteria at the source. Tea tree oil is also a great home remedy for whiteheads and blackheads.
Many scientific trials have confirmed the effectiveness of tea tree oil for acne and for reducing the appearance of pimples. For example, the journal Letters in Applied Microbiology reported on the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil. The review found that tea tree oil is effective against a broad range of bacteria including Propionibacterium acnes – a strain of bacteria linked to acne outbreaks.4
A study from Australia found that tea tree oil has more benefits than benzoyl peroxide (a popular acne drug) in treating outbreaks of acne. The researchers discovered that using tea tree oil to reduce acne outbreaks caused less itchiness, skin dryness, and scaling than using benzoyl peroxide products. They concluded that tea tree oil was an effective acne treatment with fewer side effects.5
How to use
To use tea tree oil to clear chest acne effectively, you should dilute some in a carrier oil to make a toner for your skin.
- Add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to 30 ml of a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, or coconut oil.
- Using a cotton ball, apply to the chest acne.
- Use daily to cleanse your chest of bacteria and reduce inflammation in infected pores to prevent acne.
You can also use 5-10 drops of tea tree oil with aloe vera or witch hazel (30 ml) as a great natural skin cleanser. Using a cotton ball, apply the natural anti-acne remedy to the affected skin on your chest and allow to dry. Use 3 times a day for best results and help clear acne from your chest.
Unlike other essential oils (apart from lavender oil), you can apply undiluted tea tree oil directly to an infected pimple (spot treatment). Use a cotton swab with a drop or two of tea tree oil and dab directly onto the inflamed pimple to kill off infection and reduce inflammation.
Another essential oil you can use for getting rid of acne from your chest is lavender oil. Similar to tea tree oil, lavender oil has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on skin inflammation and pimples.
A study published in the journal Molecules found that lavender essential oil has a strong antibacterial action against Propionibacterium acnes strain of bacteria.6 Other studies have shown that lavender can help to reduce redness, inflammation, and swelling that are associated with skin infections.7
You can use lavender oil in the same way as tea tree oil to reduce the number of pimples on your chest. Dab a small amount of lavender oil directly on an inflamed spot for instant relieve and to kill bacteria.
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