(Closed) Breaking out – on my chest! Ugh!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m interested to hear the answer to this. Since I went of BCP I’ve been breaking out everywhere including on my chest!! I use Clinique toner and then put Clinique spot treatment on them which seems to help a bit, but I’m still not happy with the results.

Post # 4
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I do. In the summer the sun actually helps clear up my skin. No matter how much I sweat in summer I rarely break out. But if I’m not getting sun my chest can get pretty bad. Make sure not to pick or pop, the oil from your hands will make you break out even worse. I’ve actually just been wiping my chest down with cotton balls soaked in alcohol (my back too). They’re not big nasty zits or anything, just little itty bitty red spots that aren’t noticeable until I obsessively pick at them lol. Exfoliation is key too, use face wash instead of your body wash (which is probably moisturizing) on your chest, and scrub it a few times each week with an exfoliator or even just a wet washcloth.

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used to break out on my chest all the time; once I made two changes, I noticed a really dramatic reduction in it, though.

  1. Shower from the top down.  Wash your hair and your face before your body, because the dirt/oil/etc… from your hair might get on your chest when you rinse, and getting into your pores.
  2. Don’t take super hot baths/showers for a very long time.  I don’t know why this made a difference, but now I take warm showers/baths, and if I’m really cold I’ll turn the super hot water on for just a few minutes at the end. 

I also use a Neutrogena acne body wash when I do have a breakout, which seems to help.

Post # 6
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

I get breakouts on my back and chest once in a while, and they clear up quickly when I do the following:

1.  Wash my back/chest LAST (and put my wet hair up in a ponytail so it doesn’t get all soapy or on my nice, clean back).

2.  I wear exfoliating bath gloves and lightly scrub with Neutrogena body wash.  

3.  Gently pat dry

4.  Repeat at night (I always shower after the gym anyway) but then apply very thin layer of benzoyl peroxide and make sure you wear a white cotton shirt to bed so you don’t stain your bedding.

The Bridal Party kills any bacteria, and the exfoliating keeps pores from clogging.  I notice a huge difference when I religiously follow this.

Post # 7
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mrs. Spring: is exactly right!!! Those were the same three things I was going to suggest. One more thought is that if you work out, make sure to change out of your clothes immediately after you’re finished. I’ve noticed that when I stay in my clothes my sweaty sports bra causes me to break out.

It will clear up. Ease up on the ointments, keep to just the acne body wash and just let your skin breathe. 🙂

Post # 8
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@MsPensFan: Neutrogena Body Clear, body wash…it works well. I break out on my upper back and neck..when I sweat at night and in the morning you have a shower with this stuff and it gets rid of them pretty fast. Justw ash that area with the stuff last before you get out of the shower. The put some acne treatment on them once you are out of the shower. Should clear up in no time.

Post # 9
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

wiping down with alcohol swabs will definitely get rid of any bumps!

Post # 10
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have some different suggestions…

1. Make sure to change your sheets once a week.  Oils build up on them and can cause pimples and such.

2. Switch to a natural soap that contains NEEM oil.  It is a natural antifungal and antibacterial.  It can smell a bit weird (just warning you), but they usually mix it with other things so it’s fine.  YOU will not smell weird, I promise. I use neem soap on my face and I rarely get pimples now.  I get a lot of compliments on my skin.

3. Apple cide vinegar wash.  You want to restore the natural PH balance of your skin.  Google it.

4. Use a natural, oil free moisturizer.  The less ingredients, the better.  I like avalaon organics peppermint or Miracle II moisturizer (sold online only – google it).  Sort of expensive, but worth it, I think.

5. Don’t over-exfoliate.  Once a week with a GENTLE exfoliator should be fine.

Post # 11
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have this issue, especially on my back.  I don’t tan all year around but if I need to wear a dress that shows some skin, I hit the tanning beds.  It is the only thing that helps me out. 

Post # 12
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@SoontobeMsL:  Yes, sitting in the sun can help!  Ultraviolet light can be helpful to the skin…seriously.  I know where hear so much bad about it, but there are lots of benefits to the sun.

I also suggest some supplements that help your skin. Vitamin D3 is most important (links to the sun discussion), but fish oil and borage oil are important as well.  A good probiotic, vitamin C, AND and multi.  There are more, but those are the basics. I recommend http://www.swansonsvitamins.com. They have awesome prices, great sales, and great products.  They also have some of the best customer service in the world. 

Post # 13
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM AND MY WEDDING IS IN JULY…….. 🙁 I’ve always had blemishes on my back, which I am used to, I would still wear strapless tops, dresses. But since February my chest and face, especially my forehead has been breaking out so bad. Last week I went to dermatologist and prescribed me antibiotics and two gels, I still don’t see any clearing of my skin, but I am hoping it will by July. Never before in my life have I felt so horrible. I don’t know what I will do if my chest is not cleared up by then, I am wearing a strapless dress and my pimples look so bad cause I am clear skin, oh I want to cry when I look in the mirror. They are not big pimples but still they show a lot. And my forehead is the same, tiny little bumps, it looks like a rash but doctor said it is acne. I can’t do much since I’m on medications, I don’t want to put anything else on it cause I dont’ want to irritate my skin with so much things.

Post # 14
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


Post # 15
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The sun can help (in mild amounts) but be really careful if you’re using other acne treatment products as some can make skin more sensitive to the sun.  Other than that, I don’t have an answer- I have the same issue from time to time.  I just bought a clarisonic and am hoping that will help.  Scrubs like the neutrogena one have never done anything for me- the only thing that worked was birth control.  


Oh- try cutting back on chocolate and oily foods.  And eat a ton of carrots and try zinc supplements.  All of those helped me for about a month until I stopped zinc (makes me nauseous, it is a sort of rare side effect) and got lazy about carrots because they take so long to eat.  I need to get back on the carrot boat. 


Edit- drink a TON of water! 

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