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Atul Birari

Atul Birari

November 23, 2018

What causes pimples on chest and back?

Do you know that acne is the chronic condition and it causes dark spots, marks, pimples etc on your face? No one likes to have acne on there 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 details to get more information. Dr. Dhananjay Chavan will help you to understand how acne is the cause and how to manage it.

Types of back acne

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

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Papules


Types of back acne

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

Causes of pimples on chest and back

There are lots of reason why acne appears on 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 which secretes sebum and an oily substance. Hence, that sebum with the dead skin cells and bacteria produces hair follicles and then clog them. Then eventually, that clogged follicle breaks down and forms acne.

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

  • Hormonal Changes:

This is the most common causes 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 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.

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:

  • Have a clear scalp, 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 is not good for acne.
  • You should avoid using certain medications which increases your male hormones.

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

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. You can call us on +91-7888091118, we will be glad to help you out.

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Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

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