Knowing that oil-clogged pores is one suspect of what causes acne helps us better understand the mechanism of hormonal acne, or breakouts that are linked to hormonal changes, like puberty, or the few days prior to a woman’s period. Seventeen explains that hormones effect how much oil your glands produce, so the more oil your bod makes, the higher the chance you’ll have to deal with breakouts.
Besides hormones, what causes acne?
Hormones that stimulate oil production are not the only possibility for what causes acne to breakout across the chest and back. Your workout may be causing your body acne. Most people don’t associate back acne or other types of body acne with their Pilates class but perspiration and bacteria can “get trapped in the pores and cause infection due to tight or sweaty clothing,” says Seventeen.
Chest Acne: Is your workout causing your breakout?
When you are dealing with an area of the body that produces a lot of oil, like your chest, and combine that with tight clothing, like your bra, you create the “perfect storm” for acne breakouts.
How to get rid of chest acne? A few tips from the skin care experts:
- Wear looser fitting bras or tops.
- Change out of your workout clothes as soon as you are done exercising
- Seventeen provides another great tip for preventing chest acne during the hot summer months is to “keep blemish-busting towelettes in your bag, so you can wipe away grime right after a sweat-sesh or on a super steamy day.”
- What are the best acne treatments to help get rid of chest acne? Some of the best acne products can be found at your local drug store, and for cheap. Like Neutrogena, or any acne product containing salicylic acid. “Use it at night to exfoliate and reduce oil build-up on the congested spots,” suggests Seventeen.
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Are you sure those red bumps are zits?
Is it really chest acne? Seventeen counsels its readers “if your spots [around your chest or breast] tend to be more puss-like” you may be dealing with infected hair follicles, known as folliculitis. You may also encounter Folliculitis on your back, arm pits, or pubic region, basically “it can occur anywhere on skin,” says Dr. King. Folliculitis may be difficult to treat on your own or with over the counter acne products. “If over the counter treatments with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide don’t seem to work, go meet with your dermatologist to see.”
What Causes Back Acne and Can you get rid of back acne on your own?
What causes back acne? One common culprit of back breakouts is your shampoo or conditioner, especially if they are oil based hair products. Oily conditioners can exacerbate existing back acne, or can clog your pores causing “backne.”
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How to reduce back acne caused by oily shampoos or conditioners?
- Since it can be difficult to get rid of back acne, one of the best strategies for dealing with back acne is to prevent it. Ensure that after rinsing your hair of its conditioner that all the residue isn’t running down your back, potentially clogging your pores.
- Wash your body after washing your hair to rinse your skin of any residual oil your conditioner may have left behind.
- You can also use acne treatments designed for the shower, such as a benzoyl peroxide body wash.
- Another great tip to better prevent or help get rid of back acne is a spray on acne product. “After showering, apply “a lightweight zit-zapping spray… since it’s easy to mist all over your back,” suggests Seventeen.
Want more acne fighting tips from NYC Dermatologist Dr. Hadley King? Check out this article on tips to help you get rid of adult acne, how to deal with black heads, cystic acne and more.
Getting Rid of Back Acne may not be easy on your own
Sufficiently getting rid of back acne can be difficult. “Not only is it hard to apply treatment to your backside, but also the skin is thicker, making it difficult for acne-fighting products to soak in and start working,” explains Seventeen.
Professional acne treatment such as laser acne treatment is a great way to deal with stubborn back acne. Learn more about laser acne treatment, alternatives and how much laser acne treatment costs, here >>
What are the Tiny Bumps on Your Forehead?
The bumps first appeared on my forehead during a time when I was working out (and therefore sweating) a lot. However, I also ate very healthy, drank more than 2 litres of water every day, I cleaned my face daily. Some people suggest that the bumps may be:
- Subclinical acne
- Heat rash
- Cystic acne
- Blind pimples
I never officially had my skin seen by a dermatologist, but the general consensus online seems to be that the bumpy skin texture you have on your forehead (and sometimes around the jaw) is clogged pores (i.e. subclinical acne). They occur when dead skin cells, oil and debris, skin care products, make up, and pollution gets into your pores and clog up.
Why it’s so hard to get rid of this type of acne though, I honestly don’t know.
Now, my skin is almost completely clear. The texture on my forehead has as good as disappeared, and my skin has never felt so soft and smooth. The oiliness on my forehead is gone, and most importantly, I have my confidence back.
When I was dealing with all of this, I scoured the internet for solutions, devouring 5-year-old forum threads from people with the exact same tiny bumps on forehead as me but no one had any real, solid solution.
How to get rid of acne seemed like a question that had no real answer.
Now that I’ve found something that really worked for me, I have to share it. It might not work for everybody, but if this post can help out a few people who were in the same situation as me last year then I’ll be happy.
Phase #2: The Cure
I spent more time online searching things on Google like:
‘why do I have tiny bumps on my forehead’
‘how to get rid of the small bumps on forehead’
and on and on… I know some of you will resonate with this.
Eventually, I stumbled across a random thread on Reddit (yup, I was in deep) where one or two users mentioned Paula’s Choice BHA.
After reading several more threads and reviews, I’d made up my mind and ordered myself a bottle of Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant (there are quite a few different percentages and products that look very similar to Paula’s Choice, but this seems to be the original and most recommended for this particular skin problem).
Now, this stuff is not cheap. Like, $29 for 4oz not cheap.
But damn you guys, this stuff is miracle water. It works. Like, it really works.
The threads I read had people saying that after a few days, the bumps on their forehead had totally cleared up. I was sceptical – I’d already been disappointed by that Mario Badescu drying cream, after all.
However, within just a few days of applying my Paula’s Choice BHA Exfoliant morning and night, the bumps were almost gone.
I’ve now cut down to using it only at night before bed (trying to save my money’s worth!) alongside my Pai Skincare products, and my skin gets clearer every day. Even better, those tiny bumps on my forehead make no reappearance, even if I forget to use the product for a few days.
If you are suffering from tiny bumps on your forehead and have been trying to get rid of acne for a long time now, I urge you to spend the money and buy this product. I had just about reached the end of my tether and accepted having bad skin texture for life, and Paula’s Choice BHA really changed the game.
What Causes a Painful Pimple?
Pimples hurt because the body is trying to get rid of the stuff that doesn’t belong there. The redness, swelling, and inflammation cause the pain. The body knows that the dead skin, oil, and bacteria are supposed to be in the hair follicle (which is outside the skin). So, as your body tries to push it out, you end up with more sensitivity in the area. If you try to pop that pimple, you reverse the progress the body has made in getting the buildup out.