What Really Causes Chest Acne?


Adults and teenagers alike suffer from a skin infection called chest acne. In fact, it affects people between the ages of 11 and 40. However, more women than men are bothered by this condition.

The root cause of chest acne is still unknown. But, there are several factors that influence its growth. This includes hormonal changes, personal hygiene, stress, diet and many more.

Often, acne occurs in both men and women because of changes in the hormonal levels in the body. The hormone called testosterone or androgen, which is increased in teenagers, is the main cause of acne spurt in adolescence stage. This is also the main reason why women get acne outbreaks before their monthly period, during pregnancy, even during menopausal stage.

Several other factors that affect the growth of chest acne include:

1. Heredity– Research showed that acne has familial tendencies. This means men and women who have a family history of chest acne have greater possibility to acquire the skin condition.

2. Diet– Although foods are not the main cause of acne, some may actually promote the growth or worsen the condition. These include foods with trans-fat or saturated fats, as well as sodium or iodine-rich foods. Following a strict acne diet can certainly help get rid of chest acne.

3. Personal Hygiene– Poor personal hygiene can greatly cause chest acne. Sweat, dirt and dead skin cells combined with sebum or oil attracts the bacteria that cause the skin infection called acne. Touching the pimples frequently can also make them worse.

4. Skin Care Products– Oil-based cosmetics clog the pores and trap dirt and dead skin cells. This results to chest acne. Other products such as body sprays, deodorants, hair sprays, moisturizers and sunscreens also worsen the acne on the back and chest.

5. Stress– Emotional and physical stress may contribute to chest acne. Research says certain hormones are increased when under stress. This increases the release of sebum in the body. Thus, more acne develops.

6. Environment– Repeated exposure to polluted air, oils and greases, as well as sweating in humid weather can worsen acne. This is the time when proper personal hygiene is important. If the person regularly cleanses the skin, oil and dirt will not build up. Otherwise, the acne condition may aggravate.

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About Donna M.

Donna May is an at home skin care specialist who researches and writes about skin care products, does product reviews, and likes to discover new techniques for dealing with the many different kinds of skin issues that people develop over the course of their lives.