Home Remedies for Chest Acne

home remedies and cures for chest acne

The face is not the only body part to display the effects of raging hormones or the aftermath of your lifestyle habits. Pimples attack other parts of the body, such as the chest, which worsens when certain factors come into play. To fight an outbreak, consider the benefits of home remedies for chest acne.

Causes and Symptoms

Chest acne is a skin problem that often arises when the chest region suffers inflammation. It can strike both women and men with varying levels of intensity. There are actually different kinds of chest acne. Sports acne (also known as acne mechanica) can appear on the chest in both males and females. Women often develop this type when wearing a bra that is too tight. Men often face this form of acne when they wear tight chest pads, helmets or jerseys when playing a sport.

Acne can appear on the chest when someone shaves the hairs in this region. This is a common complaint for men, who suffer pimples that tend to emerge after a fresh shave. Sometimes, the acne is a reaction to shaving products, such as the cream or after-shave lotion. Other times, the acne develops because a dull razor was used to remove hair.

Women can experience acne around the breasts and chest that appear just before they are about to get their ‘period.’ The pimples can result from friction of tight bras or increased levels of progesterone that takes place after ovulation and before menstruation.

There is a severe form of acne called acne conglobate, which centers on an infection that burrows through the skin to create what is referred to as ‘super pimples’ that appear on the chest, back and face. Home remedies will not do much to help this type of acne, which often needs medical attention.

Chest acne symptoms can range from a few red pimples to pustules that weep with pus.

Other signs include:

• Cysts
• Redness
• Bleeding
• Skin infections
• Scarring

Chest Acne Home Remedies

The next time you find an eruption of irritation, you may want to consider the following home remedies for chest acne:

a) Garlic:

Help your immune system to fight the bacteria associated with chest acne by eating three to four cloves of garlic on a daily basis.

b) Garlic and Vinegar[1]:

When your acne breakout shows the signs of bacteria and inflammation, treat blemishes with a topical remedy made out of garlic and white vinegar. Fresh garlic juice will help fight inflammation and the vinegar works towards clearing up blemishes. Dip a cotton swab into the vinegar mixture or pour a small amount onto a cotton ball so that you can directly apply the remedy to your chest pimples. If you find that this remedy dries out your skin too much, add a small amount of olive oil.

c) Lemon Juice and Rose Water:

Fight the bacteria associated with chest acne by combining equal parts of lemon juice and rose water. Apply the remedy to the chest using a soft, clean cloth.

d) Antibacterial Soap:

Treat acne on the chest by washing the skin with an antibacterial soap, and then carefully dry the skin. Try washing acne-affected skin two times per day – once in the morning and once before going to bed.

e) Say ‘No’ to Tight Clothing:

Wearing tight clothing can cause chest acne to worsen. Opt for clothing that allows your skin to breathe, such as cotton and lightweight fabrics.

f) Toothpaste:

Dry out the oil that makes pimples worsen by applying a thin layer of white toothpaste to the chest. Leave the remedy on for about 30 minutes or until it completely dries. Gently rinse the skin with cool water. Use this home treatment as a daily remedy.

g) Fruits and Veggies:

Eating fruits and vegetables can supply your system with fuel to boost the immune system and detoxify the body, which can lead to fighting acne on the chest.

h) Mint:

Rub a mixture of mint juice and turmeric into the chest, and leave on for 15 minutes to treat the inflammation and pain associated with acne. Rinse off with lukewarm water. The menthol found in the mint is a good ingredient for fighting inflammation.

i) Shaving Habits:

Rinse your chest after shaving to avoid any acne reactions from creams and aftershave lotions. Also, choose fragrance-free and oil-free products to prevent outbreaks.

j) Baking Soda:

Add a bit of water to baking soda to create a paste that treats acne on the chest. Apply over affected areas in the morning and before going to bed. Some people like to apply the paste to the chest after taking a shower.

k) Drink Lots of Water:

Increase your intake of water to flush out toxins that can contribute to an acne breakout on the chest. It is suggested to consume between 1 ½ and 2 liters of water on a daily basis.

l) Oatmeal:

Treat chest acne with an oatmeal mixture of regularly cooked oats. Add ¼ cup of honey after the oatmeal is fully prepared. Allow the ingredients to cool and apply to chest acne. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, and remove with lukewarm water. The oatmeal helps absorb excess oil that can cause acne on the chest.

m) Oatmeal and Onion:

Help clear up the acne on your chest by applying a mask made from oatmeal and onions, which also helps prevent future outbreaks. The onion offers astringent properties that help fight blemishes. Chill a fresh bowl of cooked oatmeal. Mix in a medium onion that has been pureed in a blender. The best results come when you’ve chilled the entire remedy in the refrigerator. The coldness will help ease inflammation[2].

n) Honey and Turmeric:

Treat cystic acne on the chest by making a paste out of honey and turmeric. Apply to your chest and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Use lukewarm water to cleanse off the remedy, which offers properties that helps facilitate faster healing.

o) Nutmeg and Milk:

Treat chest acne scars by applying a paste made with nutmeg and milk. Place the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until a smooth paste forms. Apply the paste on your chest and leave on for one to two hours to see a significant change on acne scars.

p) Water with Honey and Lemon:

First thing in the morning when you wake up, drink a glass of lukewarm water with and added half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey. This concoction will help remove toxins and impurities from your body that can contribute to an acne problem.

q) Radish Seeds, Honey and Milk:

Add one tablespoon of radish seeds to a blender along with one tablespoon each of milk and honey to a blender to create a smooth paste for treating chest acne. Apply a thick layer of the paste to the skin – leaving on for up to two hours. Rinse off the remedy with cool water, and then spread on your favorite moisturizer. Store the remaining paste in the refrigerator in a container with a tight lid. The remedy will keep good for five days. You can apply the remedy on warm and cold.

r) Aloe Vera:

Put your aloe plant to good use by breaking off a leaf to extract juice and then apply to your chest acne. The aloe helps speed up the healing process of the acne.

s) Flaxseed Oil:

To get rid of toxins that can build up in the body and cause a hormonal imbalance that can lead to chest acne, try consuming a bit of flaxseed oil on a daily basis.

t) Take a Shower:

Remove the sweat that can contribute to chest acne by taking a shower after participating in a workout or other activity that makes you perspire. This gets rid of the moist environment on the skin that can encourage the growth of bacteria.

u) Salt Exfoliation:

You can use salt to exfoliate the skin on your chest to kill the bacteria and dead skin cells that contribute to acne breakouts. One approach is to mix a bit of salt with tea tree oil to create a healing paste. Apply the scrub to affected areas of the chest, and leave on for a couple of hours before washing off with cool water.

v) Cinnamon and Lemon Juice:

Treat chest acne with a mixture of three tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and one tablespoon of powdered cinnamon. Add the ingredients in a small bowl, and mix thoroughly. Spread a thin layer over affected skin, and then leave on for about 60 minutes. Rinse the skin off with cool water.


[1] http://www.ehow.com/how_2119700_use-fresh-garlic-cure-acne.html

[2] http://www.livestrong.com/article/104269-oatmeal-face-masks-acne/