9 Things That Could Be Giving You Chest Acne

Ahhhh, summer. The season where those of us dealing with body acne usually find ourselves stressing about pimples that much more. I’m still annoyed when I’m dealing with zits on my chest in the winter months, but they’re slightly less annoying when they’re under five different layers compared to when I’m rocking a crop top or a bikini. I know I’m not alone here.

Pimples on any spot of our bodies are normal things and they’re nothing to feel ashamed about. That being said, you might still feel a bit self-conscious about them. If that’s the case, I have a bit of good news for you: Body acne is linked to external things that we have more control over, which means that you—yes, youare the one in charge of clearing up your skin.

To help you on your way, I’ve rounded up a list of things that could be causing your chest acne. Yeah, I know you might be kicking yourself that some of your lifestyle habits might be causing those pesky pimples, but just remember that the good thing is that you can also be the one in charge of clearing them up. Have a look at nine things that could be making your chest break out.

Your Workout Clothes

Sweat plus tight clothes equals a recipe for body acne. Those *moisture-wicking* workout clothes might claim to *sweep* away the sweat from your skin, but they could still be giving you zits. That's why it's a good idea to always hit the shower after you get your fitness on, or, at the very least, keep some glycolic acid pads or wipes in your gym bag to give yourself a quick clean.

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Your Shampoo

Yup, your shampoo can affect how clear your chest is. That shampoo runs down your entire body and the residue from it can clog your pores, leading to pimples. That's why you should always rinse off your bod after you've washed your mane.

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Your Tight Tops

Those form-fitting tops might look super cute, but they could be the reason that your chest is spotty. Why, you ask? Tight tops, especially ones made from non-breathable materials, make you sweat, and when the tight fabric traps the sweat, that creates a breeding ground for pimples.

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Your Sheets

Here's a reason to wash your sheets more often: Dirty sheets can cause body acne. Dirt and bacteria build up in sheets every night you sleep in them from the sweat and oils that come from your skin. And when you crawl into bed, all that dirt can go on your bare skin. Therefore, make sure you're washing your sheets once a week.

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Your Dirty Fingers

You know that rule about how touching your face constantly makes you break out? The same deal applies to your chest. If you're constantly picking your chest with your bare hands, you're spreading bacteria which can lead to pimples.

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Your Pajamas

I'm assuming that you change your top every day, but how often do you change your pajamas? Once a week, if that? You might not be doing as much in your PJs to make you sweat as you would your clothes, but those T-shirts and nightgowns can still get dirty. And that buildup of dirt against your chest equals zits.

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Your Bra

Be honest: When was the last time you washed your bra? Do you even remember? If you're finding that the zits on your chest are focused around where your bra touches the skin, it could be a sign that your dirty bra is upsetting your skin. That's a good enough reason to wash your bra more frequently, eh?

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Your Skincare Products

I know it seems really weird that the products that are supposed to be helping your complexion could be causing you trouble, but it's true. Watch out for things like sunscreens and thick body creams. Even your soap or shower gel could be giving your pimples. Therefore, look for things that say they're suitable for acne-prone skin or, at the very least, won't clog pores.

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Anything That Rubs Your Skin

The proper term for this one is acne mechanica and it's where something repeatedly rubs your skin and causes spots. That can include things like your spaghetti straps, your purse strap against bare skin, and even bae's body. Hello.

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How do you treat your chest acne? Let us know in the comments!

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