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What causes pimples on chest and back?

Jul 1, 2021

Do you know that acne is a chronic condition it causes dark spots, marks, pimples etc on your face? No one likes to have acne on their face, chest, or on the back for a long time. Do you know what causes pimples on the chest and back? Today we will discuss this in detail to get more information. Dr. Dhananjay Chavan will help you to understand how acne is the cause and how to manage it.

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Types of back acne

Types of chest acne

Causes of pimples on chest and back

How to prevent acne?

Types of back acne

Therefore, unlike hair loss problems acne is also one of the most common problems for all of us. If you are having acne you have a big chance of getting it on your back as well. Let’s check the types of back acne:

  • Blackheads

Blackheads are tiny, dark, or black bumps appearing on the skin due to clogged follicles. They are usually seen on the person’s face. However, in some cases, blackheads appear on the chest, back, arms, shoulders, and neck. You can remove blackheads on the back and other parts of the body and blackhead cysts on the back with experienced dermatologists. Click here to know-how.

  • Whiteheads

Whiteheads appear when dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil get trapped within one of the pores. In other words, clogged pores form whiteheads. Some reasons for whiteheads include hormonal changes, specific life stages like puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy also increase in the amount of oil and sebum the pores produce. But the good thing is that you can remove whiteheads on the back and shoulders.

  • Cysts

Cystic acne is inflammatory acne. It causes painful pus-filled pimples and forms deep under the skin. Cystic acne looks like a crusty red lump under the skin and causes oozing pus to form a whitish-yellow head. It appears when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin pores. Apart from the face, cystic acne can lead to pigmentation and scarring on the back, chest, butt, shoulders, upper arms, and neck.

  • Nodules

The formation of nodular acne involves the bacteria p. acne. It can become an infection when trapped in the pores alongside sebum and dead skin cells. The infection can penetrate the skin and cause the affected pores to swell and redden. In males, acne nodules appear on the face or chest. Nodules on the back are another possibility. In females, acne nodules appear on the chin or jawline.

  • Papules

A papule is a tiny red bump with a diameter usually less than four to five millimeters. It does not have a yellow or white pus center. When it does, it turns into a pustule. Popping a papule can spread bacteria and lead to scars.

Some reasons for papules, acne on the back, and other potential body parts include excess oil production, bacteria, and excess androgen activity. But papules acne can be treated through various techniques. Connect with us to know more about papules acne treatment.

Types of chest acne

Chest acne is also can be very frustrating if it is not treated properly. It is also categorised into types of chest acne.

  • Cyst
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Pustules

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Causes of pimples on chest and back

There are lots of reasons why acne appears on the backside, shoulder, and chest. 61% of people in the world are facing the problem of back, shoulder, and chest acne. Similar to our face, our back also has a number of sebaceous glands that secret sebum and an oily substance. Hence, that sebum with the dead skin cells and bacteria produces hair follicles and then clogs them. Then eventually, that clogged follicle breaks down and forms acne.

Here are some causes of pimples on the chest and back or shoulder and chest –

  • Hormonal Changes:

This is the most common cause of acne. Due to hormonal changes in puberty or menstruation, these painful breakouts can occur.

  • Genes:

The second most common cause of acne is genes. If in your family such that from your mother’s side or father’s side if someone had or have pimples then there are chances of passing those genes to you.

  • Acne-prone skin:

If you have acne-prone skin then there are a lot of chances of getting acne.

  • Dandruff:

Sometimes due to dandruff, you can get acne on the back, shoulder, and chest.

  • Shaving and waxing:

In some cases, if you have sensitive skin then due to waxing or shaving you can get acne. And lead to folliculitis.

  • Sun Exposure:

Without any protection, if you go out in the sun then there are chances of getting acne. So cover yourself and safely go out in the sun if needed.

  • Heat or friction:

Any kind of friction and heat can cause acne.

You should know these causes, and if you are having such problems, make sure you consult a dermatologist for better results.

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Watch Dr. Dhananjay Chavan’s video to get to know more on back acne.

How to prevent acne?

If you have oily skin you need to be serious about your skin. Due to oily skin, there can be acne breakouts on your skin. You need to be careful with your habits and your lifestyle. Let’s check how to stop getting acne:

  • Having a clear scalp, and dandruff is the reason for acne.
  • Don’t overuse cosmetic products on your chest and back. Limit usage.
  • Avoid oily foods, to prevent acne on your body.
  • Avoid oil-based products, which are not good for acne.
  • You should avoid using certain medications which increase your male hormones.

Finally, you can follow these tips so that you can prevent acne.

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Therefore, do not forget to visit any doctor to consult. They will do a physical examination of your skin and analysis and according they will give you medications. Therefore they can treat according to your skin condition and type. 

For treating your skin condition, feel free to get in touch with one of our best dermatologists in Pune. You can also call on +919584584111 to book an appointment at one of our skin clinics near you.


Dr Dhanraj Chavan

About the Author: Dr Dhanraj Chavan

Dr. Dhanraj Chavan is a globally trained, young, and dynamic dermatologist. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Varicose Vein Specialist at Clear Skin, VeinMD, and HairMD.

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