Have you ever had to deal with décolleté acne and wondered what the best way to get rid of it is?
Well fret not! There is a proper, correct way to rid yourself of décolleté acne without risk of improper care and maintenance.
Let’s take a look at the most effective points to take note of in order to treat décolleté acne and prevent it from recurring.
1．What causes décolleté acne?
Next to the face and head, the décolleté area (area including the chest and neck) has the densest concentration of sebaceous glands, steeping the area in sebum and making it more prone to pimple growth.
The four reasons listed below are the primary culprits in making the neck area more susceptible to acne formation.
1-1．Excess sebum and oil
The décolleté is rich in sebum, particularly in the summer when sweat clogs the pores and makes the area susceptible to acne growth.
Not only that, but putting on copious amounts of body care products rich in oil such as body cream also make it easier for acne to form.
External irritants can also cause acne to form on the décolleté area.
For example, vigorously drying off with a nylon towel after a bath generates friction which irritates the skin and stimulates the growth of new pimples, or exacerbates existing acne growth.
Using fabrics made of rough material can also serve as a skin irritant.
1-3．Forgetting to rinse
Neglecting to rinse properly after showering leaves your soap’s/body rinse’s ingredients on your skin, clogging the pores and making them ideal for acne growth.
1-4. Hormonal imbalance
Décolleté acne in adults is often caused by hormonal imbalance.
“Hormonal balance” refers to the body’s way of regulating its internal functions, and can be negatively impacted by 1) extreme stress, 2) lack of sleep, 3) menstruation.
When your body is in a state of hormonal imbalance, it produces excessive amounts of progesterone which encourages sebum secretion, making it relatively easier for pimples to form not only on your back, but also your face and décolleté line.
2．Caring for décolleté acne
The same skin care methods used to care for facial acne are also effective for décolleté pimples and acne.
Keep your skin clean and moisturized and use peeling skincare products to promote exfoliation and regeneration after the initial pimple outbreak has settled down.
2-1．Use facial lotion with vitamin C derivatives and moisturizing ingredients
Facial lotion that uses a combination of vitamin C derivatives and moisturizing ingredients is effective in combatting décolleté acne.
Vitamin C derivatives work by controlling inflammation and excess sebum, providing care for the current décolleté acne outbreak as well as preventing future outbreaks from occurring.
Moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and collagen work by softening the skin and moisturizing it, thereby promoting skin regeneration while making pores less prone to clogging.
On the other hand, using body creams rich in oil-based ingredients will have an adverse effect on your décolleté area.
Remember that using an excessive amount of oil-based products on your décolleté area makes your pores more prone to clogging and makes it easier for pimples to form and grow.
It is recommended to use lotions and beauty cream with relatively less oil content to care for décolleté acne.
It does not matter whether the lotion you use is meant for your back or face, as long as it has comparatively less oil content.
2-2．Peel on a regular basis
Peeling once or twice a week is effective for décolleté pimple after the initial inflammation has died down.
Peeling is a special treatment used to remove dead skin from the skin’s surface, caring for your skin and preventing pores from clogging.
There are many different kinds of peeling products, but the most recommended products for providing skin care for décolleté acne scars are soaps with an ingredient derived from fruit acid called “AHA”.
AHA fruit acid gently removes built-up dead skin cells but does not irritate it, making it easy and gentle on skin.
Moreover, soap-type peeling products allows you to use on areas with a large skin surface areas such as the back and the décolleté while washing or taking a shower, making maintenance relatively simple and hassle-free.
Use instructions for these products may vary for each manufacturer, but in general, it is recommended to use them once a week while keeping a close eye on progress.
3．See a dermatologist for severe cases of décolleté acne
If you notice more pimples grow on your décolleté area, or if the existing pimples become itchy or painful, this could be a sign that the acne is growing worse, or a sign of eczema caused by a fungal infection.
If this happens, it is best to avoid self-diagnosis or self-medication and to see your dermatologist right away.
4．Preventing décolleté acne
The key to preventing acne growth on the décolleté area is to build and maintain immunity to acne by keeping the skin clean and free from excess sebum while keeping it moisturized.
4-1．Wash your body with (solid) soap
If you are prone to acne on your décolleté area, ditch the liquid body soap and use solid soap instead.
Most liquid body soaps use copious amounts of oil-based ingredients in order to leave the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. This leaves a thin coating of oil on the skin, making the décolleté even more susceptible to pimple growth.
From now on, make it a habit to wash with solid soap instead.
In particular, it is recommended to choose opaque soap over transparent soap, as opaque soap cleans better and does a great job of removing sebum.
4-2．Use soft towels and be gentle when washing and drying off
Avoid liquid body soaps and nylon towels like the plague and use cotton-based towels when washing or bathing.
Friction during bathing or drying promotes pimple growth on the décolleté area, and also makes the area prone to scarring and pigmentation.
Use towels made of soft materials whenever possible, and wash gently and carefully to avoid irritating the skin.
4-3．Shampoo and rinse before washing your body
Shampooing after washing your body tends to leave shampoo ingredients on your chest and back, creating the irritation needed for acne to develop. To prevent this, shampoo and rinse before washing your body.
4-4．Choose cotton undies whenever possible
It is recommended to choose cotton or other breathable fabrics that are gentle on skin for garments that come in contact with your décolleté area.
Avoid using underwear made from artificial fabrics as these tend to irritate the skin.
4-5．Regulate hormone balance
The best way to regulate hormone balance is to live a healthy, systematic lifestyle.
Sleep deserves special attention in particular, as the lack of sleep compromises immunity and makes it easier for acne to grow and develop.
In order to prevent acne and achieve the beautiful décolleté you want, make sure to get at least 6 hours or more of sleep every day.
Other tips to help regulate hormone balance are:
Watch what you eat
Food rich in vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and vitamin C is particularly effective for preventing acne.
Make a conscious effort to eat food rich in these vitamins.
Vitamin B2 (Regulates secretion of skin sebum)
Natto, milk, eel, carrots, spinach, etc.
Vitamin B6 (Promotes skin regeneration/anti-inflammatory)
Pork, beef, chicken, sweet potato, soybean, etc.
Vitamin C(Controls excess sebum production/anti-inflammatory)
Red bell pepper, lemon, broccoli, pumpkin, etc.
Bottling up stress compromises your immunity and makes you more prone to pimple growth.
Destress as much as possible by incorporating exercise or hobbies into your life. Take some time to stop to smell the roses. Relax. Take it easy.
There is a proper, correct way to rid yourself of décolleté acne with proper care.
With daily care and good habits, you can rid yourself of décolleté acne and achieve the décolleté you’ve always dreamed of!
This article was last updated on April 24th, 2016
No two individuals are alike. Please note that your results and experiences may vary from what is described in this article.