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Breast Acne and How to Treat It

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 26 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Breast Acne Skin Spots Causes Preventing

Breast acne, though a common occurrence for many women, can nonetheless be embarrassing when you’re trying to wear favourite clothes or get dressed in a public place. For some women breast acne is enough to keep them covered up at all times, even with heavy clothing in the middle of the summer. Unfortunately such drastic measure are uncomfortable, unfashionable and do nothing to help resolve the situation. Understanding what causes breast acne, how to prevent breast acne and how to treat breast acne should help cure this condition, or at least keep it to a manageable level.

Causes of Breast Acne

Acne is a dermatological condition in which oils in the skin become trapped in the pores and bacteria is then able to grow. This causes whiteheads (oil and bacteria trapped below the skin) and blackheads (when pores open and oxidation causes the oil and bacteria to turn a dark colour). Sometimes the wall of the pore will break and white blood cells will fill up the space causing a papule (inflamed pore) or pustule (inflammation at the surface of the skin). A pustule is usually what people recognise as a spot. When spots occur on the breasts they can be caused by an overproduction of oil in the skin and/or improper drainage, impaired liver or kidney functions which release toxins into the body, a hormonal imbalance which triggers oil production, improper digestion, medications which cause acne as a side effect, clothing which traps oil against the skin, hereditary factors and/or improper personal hygiene. It is generally accepted that a poor diet, specifically one filled with fried foods or chocolate, is not the cause of consistent acne.

Preventing Breast Acne

The bests ways to prevent breast acne are those which keep the skin of the chest clean and dry. Avoiding tight and synthetic materials, changing out of exercise clothing quickly, showering with antibacterial soap after a long day or taking exercise, avoiding heavy and heavily perfumed creams on the skin of the breasts and drying properly following bathing should all help prevent breast acne. Selecting bras made of cotton or another breathable material, avoiding lengthy baths with hot water and perfumed bubbles and exfoliating the skin of the chest gently but consistently should also help keep breast acne away. If you are aware of having oily skin then using sebum-soaking pads on a regular basis might be helpful as well.

Treating Breast Acne

When breast acne does occur there are many at home treatments which can help alleviate it. Tea tree oil applied overnight may help calm skin, as might over the counter acne pads. Washing with a mild acne cleanser could help, though such cleansers might also be too strong for delicate breast skin. If over the counter treatments do not work there may be prescription options which could help so don’t hesitate to speak to your GP about the condition. Whatever you do, avoid touching, picking or squeezing spots as this does little to end acne but creates many opportunities for infection and eventual scaring.

Breast acne is an embarrassing condition, but one that is both preventable and treatable. Understanding what causes breast acne, how to prevent it and the many different treatment options available should help women reduce and even end this condition.

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BB - Your Question:
I am 12 and have spots on chest and stuff I also have white stuff in nipples

Our Response:
Please get this checked out with your doctor as we can't really advise on individual medical issues.
EmbarrassingIssues - 28-Jun-17 @ 10:50 AM
I am 12 and have spots on chest and stuff I also have white stuff in nipples
BB - 26-Jun-17 @ 3:54 PM
Annie - Your Question:
I'm 22 , I have got almost three black pores in the middle of my breast and when I touch them they tend to pain slightly. What does it indicate and what should I be doing ? It bothers me a lot as it looks very ugly and moreover it pains when I touch it. I doubt it's acne. What am I supposed to do ? Please help!!!!!!!!!!

Our Response:
We can't really give individual medical advice. Please do see your GP -if you are worried, they will be able to reassure you/offer treatment.
EmbarrassingIssues - 24-May-17 @ 11:45 AM
I'm 22 , I have got almost three black pores in the middle of my breast and when I touch them they tend to pain slightly. What does it indicate and what should I be doing ? It bothers me a lot as it looks very ugly and moreover it pains when I touch it. I doubt it's acne . What am I supposed to do ? Please help!!!!!!!!!!
Annie - 23-May-17 @ 7:44 AM
I'm 16 and I have never had any spots of my chest or breasts. Suddenly they have popped up now, what should I do?
Em - 18-May-17 @ 8:56 PM
Emily- Your Question:
I'm 13 I get big boils inbetween my breast and I do sweat a lot also have tried proactive, tea tree oil, and a acne body was please help me also they go away a little but come back HELP!!!!!

Our Response:
Keep the area as clean, cool and dry and when you can, leave expose the area to the air. Cotton bras help more than synthetic fabric and you could try using an antibacterial wash (like you can buy for your face) on a regular basis. Don't be embarrassed about asking your GP/doctor about this, they may be able to prescribe a specific treatment for you to use.
EmbarrassingIssues - 8-Aug-16 @ 10:27 AM
I'm 13 I get big boils inbetween my breast and I do sweat a lot also have tried proactive, tea tree oil, and a acne body was please help me also they go away a little but come back HELP!!!!!
Emily - 7-Aug-16 @ 5:39 AM
I am 50 and have Ben menopausal for about 6 years, in the last year or so I've developed acne and boils on my breasts. Any advice would be very much appreciated
Genie - 21-May-16 @ 8:36 AM
I am into my late 30s and having breast acne. i had approached a dermatologist but it did not really help me leaving with less options to explore.
mary - 29-Apr-16 @ 11:29 AM
I am 67 and have what looks like a spot on my breast it has been there for four weeks and looks red should I se my doctor
croft - 11-Jan-16 @ 11:21 AM
AliG - Your Question:
I'm 23 yrs old. I have had breast acne for at least 5 years. It's getting worse as I get older. I have recently been told I have POS. I am wondering whether that would have something to do with it. Do you have any suggestions on how to treat it? It's so embarrassing

Our Response:
Acne can be symptom of POS, your GP may be able to prescribe something to target this specifically.
EmbarrassingIssues - 4-Jan-16 @ 10:41 AM
I'm 23 yrs old. I have had breast acne for at least 5 years. It's getting worse as I get older. I have recently been told I have POS. I am wondering whether that would have something to do with it. Do you have any suggestions on how to treat it? It's so embarrassing
AliG - 3-Jan-16 @ 12:37 AM
I m 21 at my middle chest i hv big pimplewithout bleeding and strech marks it very aweful for me to put my favourit cloths what should i do
aru - 3-Dec-15 @ 4:34 PM
luvsport - Your Question:
I'm 17 and get this right where my cleavage shows. Am too embarrassed to wear anything low. I do running, zumba and metafit so do get sweaty a lot.it's impossible to wear cotton as it's not supportive enough. I tried your suggestion of teatree but it stung like mad! Help !

Our Response:
Firstly, you could try diluting the tea tree oil with a little purfied water to help with the stinging sensation. After exercise, use a mild cleanser, then a toner before applying a spot gel or cream treament. Leave exposed to air where possible or just wear a loose light linen/natural fabric top.Add a weekly or twice week antibacterial mask to your regime...apply and leave for 10 to 15 minutes - there is a wide variety to choose fromin most large pharmacies.
EmbarrassingIssues - 18-Sep-15 @ 10:11 AM
I'm 17 and get this right where my cleavage shows. Am too embarrassed to wear anything low. I do running, zumba and metafit so do get sweaty a lot...it's impossible to wear cotton as it's not supportive enough. I tried your suggestion of teatree but it stung like mad! Help !
luvsport - 16-Sep-15 @ 11:55 AM
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