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Acne, unfortunately, can appear anywhere on the body. Areas that have more oil glands on the skin are especially prone to it. Apart from facial and back acne, chest acne is also a common concern. People who lead active lifestyles, have oily skin, and sweat a lot are especially prone to it. So how does one get breakouts on their chest? Sometimes it’s not as simple as tracing it to poor hygiene. Here are some common causes of chest acne, whatever the skin type:

Working Out

Working out is one of the most common culprits behind chest acne. Exercising in tight clothes can cause friction against the skin. Combine this with sweat and oils and you get a recipe for a chest breakout. Wear loose-fitting shirts and shower immediately after a workout to .

Harsh Products

People tolerate chemicals differently. If using certain products makes your skin itch or sting, then you might be particularly sensitive. When washing your laundry, avoid using laundry detergents with dyes and fragrances. These can irritate your skin and can trigger pimples on your chest. 

Clogged Pores

Yes, the pores on your body can get clogged, too! Regular exfoliation is essential if you want to keep dead skin cells from clogging your pores. If body scrubs are not your thing, try using a washcloth to slough off debris from your skin. Squeeze a bit of body wash on a damp washcloth and rub in circular motions. 


The American Academy of Dermatology cites that not drinking enough fluids can affect your skin. Dehydration can manifest on your skin as dryness. When your skin is dry, your sebaceous glands tend to produce more oil to compensate. This overproduction of sebum combined with dry skin can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Always rehydrate after exercising or sweating a lot.

To prevent breakouts on your chest, use a refreshing that cleanses and hydrates. Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh Body Wash features Micromoisture technology that activates when lathering. Unlike harsh soaps, this keeps skin hydrated and comfortable for balanced skin.

For an extra clean feeling, use Master Deep Cleanser Brightening Plus as a second cleanser and toner for your chest. Formulated to eliminate dirt, bacteria, and excess oil, this will keep your acne woes away. To use, moisten a piece of cotton and rub it on your chest and neck.

Keeping chest acne at bay is simple. Just keep the area clean, especially after a workout. Wear loose-fitting clothes if you know you’re going to sweat. Check your laundry detergent while you’re at it.