Acne is something that afflicts nearly every teenager, and it certainly is one of the downsides of having oily skin. But one thing that is not always expected when it comes to having an acne-prone complexion? Acne that makes an appearance on the chest and back. But just because you didn’t expect chest and back acne doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with it. In this article, we will discuss getting rid of chest and back acne so you can have clear and gorgeous skin before you know it.
1. Clean Your Skin Well
The first thing you want to do when it comes to getting rid of chest and back acne? Make sure that you are cleaning your skin well. You want to wash your chest and back every bit as thoroughly as you would clean your face. Once in the morning, such as in the shower, cleanse your skin using a body wash that is intended for oily or acne-prone skin. Gently massage the cleanser into your skin and then rinse using warm water. Repeat this step at night. You don’t necessarily have to shower twice per day, but washing off any grime or debris that may have fallen into your pores can help your skin to be clean and avoid more breakouts before you lay down to rest.
2. Use a Toner
Right after you wash your skin each day with Proactiv, you want to use a toner. For your chest and back, that may require you to wait until you have exited the shower. A toner is something that will give your skin a boost in cleanliness and cut down on excess oil. You can find it listed as astringent as well. For those of you with sensitive skin, you may want to simply use witch hazel. Select a round cotton pad and saturate it with your astringent. Then sweep the pad across your chest and your back. Allow both sections to air dry. Do this twice per day, after washing your skin, but especially make sure to not skip this step before bed.
3. Exfoliate Sufficiently
This step is one of the most important when it comes to getting rid of chest and back acne. You certainly do not want to skip it. Twice per week, make sure that you are exfoliating all of the skin of your body, making sure not to omit your chest or back. This is easiest to do when you are in the shower. After cleaning your skin, apply a scrub to your chest and to your back. You can use a loofah or an exfoliating glove with the scrub for extra exfoliation. Gently massage the scrub in such a way that any dead skin cells, dirt, and debris clogging your skin will loosen and wash away. This will also help to reduce any acne scars and pits on your skin that you may have.
It is highly important that you do not exfoliate your skin more than twice per week. Twice in a seven day period is sufficient when it comes to clearing acne and reducing the amount of oil that is produced and can clog the pores. If you over-scrub your skin, you run the risk of causing your skin to dry out and then produce even more oil to make up for this dryness. As a result, your skin may break out even more than it does now. So remember to only stick to twice per week when you use a scrub or exfoliator on your chest and back. If it helps you to remember, stick to the same two days each week, such as every Tuesday and Friday.
4. Body Mask
You are used to using a mask on the skin of your face, but what about the skin of your chest and back? This is something that you should certainly make a habit of in order to see less acne in these places. To save money, grab a bag of kitty litter. Once per week, when it is time to apply a mask to these parts of your body, mix 1/2 cup of kitty litter with 1/4 cup of water. This will create a clay mask that will help to clear acne-prone skin. Apply this wet mask to your chest and back, and even use it on your face if you like (do not apply it over your eyelids or nostrils). Let this wet mask dry for fifteen or twenty minutes, and then rinse it off with cool water. If you find that you are having trouble, you can use a drop or two of your skin cleanser as well. A clay mask will leave your skin feeling clean and stripped of oil without being dry or uncomfortable. You should also see a huge difference in the number of blemishes that you find on your chest and back skin when you use this clay mask once per week.
Contrary to what you might think, skipping your moisturizer does not cut down on the number of breakouts you experience. You want to lightly moisturize to ensure that your skin stays healthy and beautiful. On the skin of your chest and back, you only need a dime-sized bit of cream. We recommend using a light moisturizer intended for oily skin, or if you enjoy using essential oils, make your own cream for your skin. Mix 1 cup of coconut oil with 5 or 6 drops of lemon essential oil. Lemon is excellent for helping to get rid of acne that is present on the skin. After cleansing in the morning and at night before bed, lightly dab a bit of your moisturizer on your chest and back and rub this in. Your skin should not feel greasy or oily. Instead, your moisturizer should blend into your skin nicely and leave just a simple shine behind. Too much moisturizer will cause your pores to become clogged, and that can cause more breakouts.
6. Your Body is a Temple
They say you are what you eat, and while this is not true in the literal sense, it is true that what you put into your body can greatly impact your skin and the state that it is in. Rather than drinking lots of sugary drinks, such as juice and soda, why not drink water and herbal teas? Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help your body get rid of toxins, including the ones in your skin. In fact, acne can be a clear sign that you need to be flushing more toxins out. If you make a point of drinking lots of water, you may be surprised at just how clear your chest and back get.
You also want to make sure that you are adopting a clean diet. This means that you want to limit the amount of fat, grease, sugar, and other unhealthy foods that can clog up your system and your skin. Eat healthy food when you can, such as lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. You will be sure to feel better overall and experience beautiful and glowing skin.
In conclusion, if you suffer from oily skin that is prone to breakouts, you may find that your chest and back is sometimes afflicted. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. Follow these tips to enjoy a clear chest and clear back for good.