Post # 1
I’ve had facial acne since I was a teenager. I pretty well have it managed and can cope fine. But now within the past few months I’m getting breakouts on my chest and sometimes back… with the wedding coming up and wearing a halter gown, this is not a good development! Does anyone have advice for prevention and/or makeup tips for concealment?
Post # 3
Are you working out? I find that when I work out more I end up breaking out on my chest and back more. If so, you need to shower right after working out and consider using a salicylic acid wash for your body breakouts.
Post # 4
As you get older, you develop allergies. I would maybe switch to a no-fragrance, no artificial anything detergent and fabric softener. Maybe it’s your clothes causing the flare up.
Also, I use Dr. Bronner’s Shikaki Mushroom bodywash. It has green tea extract in it and that tends to cut down on any redness or irritation that I get from time to time. Any other treatments for acne are too harsh for my skin and tend to over dry and break me out.
Post # 5
I’m not currently working out. I’ll look into a different body wash, thanks. Don’t know why my body chose now to do this.
Post # 6
Questions like these tend to result in a lot of different suggestions which can be confusing/overwhelming. But I would add one thing — I’d read a fair amount about using classic Head and Shoulders for body acne; apparently the active ingredient, pyrithione zinc, is what helps. I get break outs on my back so I tried it at first but I got all red and rashy. So I researched further and found that you can get soap bars that contain the same ingredient. The one I ordered is Noble Formula 2% Pyrithione Zinc. You can get it through Amazon. This has not made me rashy and it has been helping. I recently added a Neutrogena salicylic acid body wash into the mix. I’ve heard people say that you shouldn’t mix different treatments, but so far I’ve seen the best results by using both. I *think* (I’m no dermatologist) they may treat different things, with the salicylic acid being for acne and the PZ being for other issues that can be mistaken for acne, like dermatitis or folliculitis. Sometimes what we think is body acne can be the latter. I wasn’t sure which I had which is why I started using both treatments.
Unfortunately, I know that I also do better when I avoid dairy. Wheat and/or sugar can be another culprit. So if you’re really committed you might try an elimination diet where you stick to low-allergen foods and see if that helps.
If worst comes to worst, there’s always tanning. I hate to recommend it but the times in my life when I’ve actively gotten some sun on my back are the times when it’s been the clearest.
Post # 7
I actually recently discoverd Tea Tree Oil. When I start to get a bump, or if I already have one, I dip a qtip in a 1oz bottle of Tea Tree Oil and put it on the spot before bed. It dries it up. My large blemishes are gone within 3 days, typically. For a larger area, you could put some on a cotton ball and rub it on your chest where the acne is.
I got my Tea Tree Oil from CVS near the pharmacy section– like where the fish oil, melatonin, folic acid types of things are. It came in a small bottle.
I told 3 of my friends about it and they are all hooked! Good luck! It’s worth a shot. Let me know if it helps!
Post # 8
Apple cider vinegar >.< It smells awful but it works on my chest when I get boobne. However I’m definitely in the school of getting the breakouts if I don’t shower immediately following a work out- so it might be different. I also don’t eat wheat because it makes my face break out so bad.
Post # 9
@eglantine I was wondering if just it being winter in the Midwest was contributing. I don’t tan and try to use sunscreen, but I do usually get out in the sun more in the summer. I figured there would be a lot of different suggestions, everyone’s body works differently… I’m hoping I’m starting early enough to look at some options and find something that works by June.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!