How to Get Rid of Acne on the Back & Chest


Suffering from acne can pose a hindrance to your quality of life. That might sound like an exaggeration, but having unsightly blemishes on your face can make you feel bad about your appearance and reluctant to socialize. Dealing with back and chest acne can be even worse, since you’d want to cover up all the time and avoid summer outings that require bathing suits and tank tops. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, there are ways to thoroughly eliminate your back and chest acne. You just have to be persistent with whatever treatment you choose.

Step 1

Shampoo your hair. Keep your hair clean by shampooing it every day. To avoid dry and brittle hair, be sure to follow up with a conditioner. Keeping your hair clean prevents oils from building up and transferring to your chest and back—a primary culprit for breakouts.

Step 2

Wear cotton. Stick to cotton fabrics for your clothing. Synthetics don’t breathe and can cause you to sweat and bacteria to build up on your skin. Wear your clothing in layers to prevent sweating and to allow oxygen to get to your skin. Change your clothes right after you work out as well.

Step 3

Wash your bedding. Do this on a regular basis to prevent a buildup of oil, dead skin and bacteria. Lying on dirty sheets can cause new breakouts to form or prolong the life of current blemishes.

Step 4

Wash your chest and back. Cleanse both at least once a day using a gentle cleanser and warm water. Hot water can irritate blemishes and cause your skin to dry out. A gentle cleansing is all you really need to remove dirt and oil. Scrubbing hard with a sponge will only irritate acne and could cause additional breakouts.

Step 5

Use topical medications on your back and chest acne. These creams are available over the counter and use ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These are the prime acne fighters. Apply this cream to clean skin twice a day to treat your acne. They may dry out your skin, so follow up with an oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

About this Author

Brenda Stokes is a freelance writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She’s worked as a writer since 2004 and has a B.A. in English Literature. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, including ePregnancy, Cat Fancy and BabyZone.