Chest acne sucks. It might not appear in the same place or have as clever of a name as bacne, but chest acne (chacne? nope) will still come outta nowhere to kill your low-cut dress dreams.
The good news? According to top dermatologists Gary Goldenberg, M.D., and Doris Day, M.D., there are a few tricks and products that can pretty easily treat your current breakouts and prevent more from coming back-you just need to know where to look. And that’s where I come in. Below, seven easy steps to getting rid of your chacne (ugh, never mind), so you can go back to worrying about bigger problems.
Chill! I’m not asking you to wash your hair every day, but body showers need to be a regular step in your post-gym (or post-sweaty-day) routine, says Dr. Goldenberg. “I always ask [patients] if they eat first or shower first after exercising,” he says. “It’s usually those who eat first who have more acne on their bodies, since they sit in their sweaty clothes longer.”
Use an anti-bacterial body wash filled with benzoyl peroxide (which fights bacteria) or salicylic acid (which exfoliates). Both will treat existing breakouts while working to prevent more. If you’re not near a shower, wipe down your chest and boobs with a cleansing wipe, then rinse off as soon as you get home.