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How to Deal With Chest and Back Pimples

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March 13, 2017 - By Dr. Kristie

It's bad enough to have acne on your face, but chest and back pimples can be just as unsightly and annoying - especially in the summer when you wear a swimsuit. Instead of keeping your shirt on, try some of these ways to treat chest and back pimples.

Wear the right fabrics.

Chest and back pimples can be made worse by wearing synthetic fabrics. Switch over to all cotton clothing to allow better air flow and give the skin a chance to breathe. Synthetic fabrics allow moisture and sweat to build up which can block pores and make acne worse.

Take a shower as soon as possible after exercising.

Because moisture can make chest and back pimples worse, take a shower after exercising to wash away sweat which can clog pores and worsen acne.

Use a gentle exfoliating brush once a week.

Dead skin cells can build up on acne-prone skin which clogs the pores and increases the risk of an outbreak. Buy a gentle exfoliating brush with a long handle and use it to lightly exfoliate your back and chest are once a week. Be careful not to scrub too hard.

Use the right cleanser.

The best cleanser for chest and back pimples is one that contains benzoyl peroxide. Alternate a benzoyl peroxide cleanser with one containing salicylic acid. The benzoyl peroxide helps to kill acne-causing bacteria, while salicylic acid removes dead skin cells that clog pores. Keep using these cleansers even after the pimples disappear to keep them from coming back.

Cleanse your chest and back twice a day.

Use the above cleanser combination twice a day on chest and back pimples for best results. Don't use them any more often since this can dry out the skin too much and worsen acne.

If all else fails.

If the above doesn't help, see a dermatologist who may suggest prescription creams such as Retin-A for treating stubborn chest and back pimples.

If chest and back pimples are a problem, give these tips a try. Chances are you'll be rewarded with clearer skin on the chest and back.


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