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Chest acne is a common skin condition that occurs when dead skin cells and sebum clog pores, causing acne breakouts, pimples, inflammation, and acne scars. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans every year. Acne can be manifested in various forms, such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts. Chest acne breakouts can be frustrating to manage when relying on a trial-and-error approach with over-the-counter products. Luckily, there are many proven chest acne treatment options available at Dr. Michele Green’s private New York City dermatology office to treat active acne breakouts and prevent new pimples and acne scarring. When you consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green regarding chest acne breakouts, she will work with you to determine the underlying causes and develop an adequate acne treatment plan that best suits your specific skin condition.

There are many common causes of chest acne, including genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors. For some patients, preventing and treating chest acne can be as simple as making minor lifestyle changes, such as switching laundry detergents, staying hydrated, showering regularly, and limiting sugar and carbohydrate intake. Using skin care products containing active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid is also essential. Dr. Green can recommend topical lotions, creams, moisturizers, and sunscreens from her propriety MGSKINLABs that will keep your skin clean, clear, and hydrated. In addition to your customized skincare routine, Dr. Green may recommend in-office chest acne treatment options, including laser treatments, HydraFacials, and chemical peels.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned expert in treating stubborn acne, body acne, and acne scars and has over 25 years of experience in dermatology. Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York Magazine, Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and the New York Times for her dedication to her patients and expertise. At her private, boutique dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she offers personalized acne treatment options for patients experiencing mild to severe acne. As an expert in the field of dermatology, Dr. Green will develop a customized chest acne treatment plan, including a unique combination of topical and oral medications, skincare products, and in-office treatment options, to help you achieve and maintain a clear, healthy complexion.

Where does chest acne come from?: Common causes of chest acne

Any type of acne, including chest acne, is caused when the skin’s pilosebaceous units are clogged with a buildup of sebum, dead skin cells, and debris, leading to inflammation and irritation. The pilosebaceous unit includes the hair shaft, hair follicle, and sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland is responsible for producing the skin’s sebum, a natural oil that provides protection and hydration. When excess oil is produced, the skin pores can become clogged and cause acne. Many different factors can put patients at risk for developing chest acne, some of which are genetic or biological. A list of common contributing factors is as follows:

Hormones – Hormone fluctuations can wreak havoc on many systems in the body, including the skin. When there are changes in the androgen hormones, fluctuations can trigger the oil glands to produce more sebum. This excess sebum production can lead to clogging of the pores and an increased risk for the development of acne. Hormone fluctuations can occur in many situations throughout life, including during puberty, in the days before menstruation, and during pregnancy.

Stress – Stress can also lead to fluctuations of the androgen hormones, which trigger the increased production of oil, leading to oily skin and a greater risk of developing acne.

Diet – Studies have started to show that high consumption of certain food groups can trigger acne outbreaks, including high-sugar and high-carbohydrate diets. Consuming high amounts of sugar can lead to spikes in blood sugar, which can trigger spikes in acne in areas of the body prone to outbreaks, including the chest.

Sun exposure – Many people believe that exposure to the sun can help with acne, but in fact, it is the other way around. Spending a lot of time in the sun, especially when dehydrated, can dry out your skin. When you are experiencing dry skin, the body will compensate by increasing the production of sebum on the skin, which can then lead to clogged pores. Further, the dead, dry skin can make pore clogging even worse, leading to acne outbreaks.

Dehydration – When you are dehydrated, the skin can become dry and flaky. When this occurs, the body compensates by triggering the production of oil to rehydrate the skin. However, the excess oil production mixed with dry skin can lead to clogged pores and acne outbreaks.

Laundry Detergent – It is very important to keep your clothing clean to help prevent outbreaks of acne. However, suppose you are experiencing outbreaks of chest acne even when your clothing is clean. In that case, the dyed or scented laundry detergent you are using may be irritating your skin. In this case, it is best to seek out a detergent labeled “hypoallergenic.”

Certain medications – Certain prescription medications, including corticosteroids, testosterone, and lithium, can cause an increase in acne outbreaks. If this is the case, consult with your doctor to see if it is safe to try a different medication or treatment plan. If you are seeking acne treatment from Dr. Green, be sure to disclose the medications you are taking during your consultation appointment.

When you consult with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green regarding chest acne breakouts, she will work with you to determine the underlying causes and develop an adequate treatment plan that best suits your skin condition.

What are the different types of acne?

Several types of acne lesions fall into one of two main categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules are inflammatory types of acne. Blackheads and whiteheads are non-inflammatory types of acne. Inflammatory nodular and cystic acne is most closely associated with the development of acne scars, as the inflammation associated with these types of acne can cause permanent damage to underlying skin tissue. Understanding which types of acne are present is important in developing an appropriate treatment plan, as different types of acne respond to different acne treatments.

If you are suffering from red bumps along your chest that are not responding to traditional acne treatment, you may be dealing with folliculitis. Folliculitis is a condition in which yeast or fungus causes inflammation of the hair follicles. Folliculitis can be treated but does not respond to regular acne treatment. Similarly, rosacea, a condition characterized by small bumps and redness, can also affect the chest area but will not respond to acne medication. It is best to consult Dr. Green for a treatment plan if you suspect you are suffering from folliculitis or rosacea so you can receive proper treatment for your skin condition.

Is Chest Acne Normal?

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects up to 50 million Americans each year, even well beyond teenage years. According to researchers published in the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 50% of women in their 20s suffer from acne, and adult acne affects 35.2%, 26.3%, and 15.3% of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, respectively. Chest acne is a very common form of acne, as pimples or zits are not specified to the face and can develop wherever excess oil production occurs. Chest acne can appear for a variety of reasons: For some, the appearance of acne is largely attributed to genetics, while others are simply more prone to blemishes than others due to their skin’s natural oil production. Lifestyle choices, such as wearing tight clothing paired with excessive sweating, dyed or scented soaps and laundry detergents, infrequent showers, dehydration, and increased sun exposure, can all be risk factors for the development of acne. Chest acne is normal and usually develops in the same way as acne on the face or elsewhere on the body.

Acne, or acne vulgaris, is a very common condition characterized by blemishes on the skin, which can occur anywhere in the body that has oil glands, including the face, stomach, back, and chest. Chest acne is acne vulgaris that presents as breakouts on the chest when there is a build-up of sebum (or oil) on the skin. When excess oil combines with debris, such as dead skin cells, it can clog the hair follicles, leaving us with a swollen, irritated pimple. Chest acne, just like facial acne, can appear in a variety of forms, including blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts. Acne is, according to the American Academy of dermatology, the most common skin condition in the United States, that affects millions Americans each year and can continue beyond teenage pubescent years into adulthood.

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What should I do if I have chest acne?

If you have chest acne, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience treating acne breakouts and scars. During your initial consultation, she will collect a thorough medical and family history, physically assess your skin condition, and potentially order blood tests to determine the underlying causes of chest acne contributing to your breakouts. As an expert in the field of dermatology, Dr. Green will develop a customized chest acne treatment plan, including a unique combination of topical and oral medications, skincare products, and in-office treatment options, to help you achieve and maintain a clear, healthy complexion.

Will chest acne go away on its own? When does chest acne go away?

Depending on the underlying factors that are contributing to the presence of chest acne breakouts, it may resolve on its own. For instance, if certain lifestyle practices and hygiene habits are causing chest acne, such as wearing tight-fitting clothing and failing to shower after exercise, then changing these practices can lead to clearer skin. Suppose the chest acne breakouts are related to genetics, hormone fluctuations, or other underlying causes. In that case, the chest acne may not resolve on its own and instead requires intervening treatments from a board-certified dermatologist. To prevent acne scarring, it is best to consult an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Michele Green in New York City is a board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best treatment options available, and she takes a particular interest in helping patients with acne-prone skin achieve and maintain healthy, clear skin.

Maintaining proper hygiene, particularly showering immediately after a workout or after sweating profusely, is essential to reduce the risk of developing chest acne. A change in diet to reduce sugar, dairy, and carbohydrate intake and reduce the likelihood of developing body acne. Additionally, using non-irritating skincare products, such as non-comedogenic cleansers, unscented lotions, and allergy-friendly laundry detergent, can also help acne clear up on the body. The amount of time it takes for chest acne to clear after beginning treatment depends on each patient’s treatment plan. Patients who use acne-fighting skincare products, such as topical retinoids or body wash containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, may see results within ten weeks of beginning treatment. Patients need to be patient and let the products do their work. Patients who attempt to pop pimples may spread bacteria across the treatment area, increasing irritation, which can make the whole recovery process longer.

When should you see your dermatologist for chest acne?

It is always advised to consult with a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible for acne treatment in order to ensure that the right combination of skincare products, topical and oral treatments, and in-office procedures are selected. This will also help to prevent the development of permanent acne scarring, which is often even more challenging to treat than the initial acne breakouts themselves. An experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, has the expertise required to develop a personalized acne treatment plan that is appropriate for a given patient’s unique skin condition, the underlying causes of chest acne contributing to the breakouts, and skin type.

What products are good for chest acne?:

Developing a targeted skincare routine is an important step in successfully treating body acne breakouts. The best acne-fighting skin care products work by speeding up skin cell turnover, decreasing sebum production, reducing inflammation, and inhibiting bacterial growth. Some of the most effective topical acne treatments include skincare products containing active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids.

Retinoids and retinoid-like products such as adapalene are a class of skincare products derived from vitamin A that works by exfoliating dead skin cells from the top layers of the skin. Dead skin cells, sebum, and debris are sloughed away at an increased rate, preventing the material from becoming trapped within the pores that cause acne. Dryness is the most common side effect that patients experience from using adapalene and other retinoid topical treatments, as well as mild flaking and some redness. Topical retinoids can be safely used on essentially any area of the body that acne may develop, including the face, chest, neck, back, shoulders, buttocks, and arms, keeping in mind that sensitive areas may be more prone to irritation. Patients with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as rosacea or eczema should consult with a dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC before incorporating a retinoid skincare product into their usual routine, as these individuals are more likely to develop skin irritation.

With so many topical treatment options and over-the-counter products available, it may feel overwhelming to select the right ones for your chest acne skincare routine. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience treating men and women from around the world for their acne breakouts and acne scars.

Why is it important to Exfoliate your skin to get rid of chest acne?

Skin cell turnover is a natural process in which dead skin cells come to the surface of the skin to be shed and replaced by new skin cells. Frequently, however, dead skin cells get trapped on the surface of the skin by sebum and can clog the pores. That is where exfoliation is very important to remove the dead skin cells before they can clog the pores. As such, gently exfoliating the chest area can also help prevent acne flare-ups. But, be careful to avoid scrubbing the skin too vigorously, as this can worsen skin irritation. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABS Retexturing pads are perfect for exfoliating acne-prone skin and can help prevent breakouts by sloughing off dead skin cells and controlling excess oil.

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Exfoliating body washes

Body washes containing exfoliating active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid are helpful in treating and preventing chest acne. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is a powerful ingredient against comedonal acne, such as whiteheads and blackheads. Salicylic acid is oil-soluble and treats acne by gently chemically exfoliating the skin. Since it is oil-soluble, salicylic acid is able to penetrate deep within clogged pores and break up sebum.

Benzoyl peroxide is an excellent skincare ingredient for treating inflamed types of acne, such as pimples and blemishes. This ingredient works by killing bacteria on the skin that contribute to the development of acne, as well as by drying up the excess sebum within the pores—active ingredients like these help to unclog pores by targeting the bacteria and sebum that cause acne breakouts.

Dr. Green, an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience, has developed a line of specially formulated skincare products that includes a cleanser designed to target acne breakouts. Dr. Green has a special interest in helping patients with acne-prone skin achieve healthy, clear skin that lasts, and her line MGSKINLABS, Inc. offers a minimizing cleanser, which is an excellent wash for acne-prone skin. The Pore Minimizing Cleanser contains the active ingredients salicylic acid and glycolic acid, two gentle chemical exfoliating agents that break apart excess sebum, dead skin cells, and debris within the pores and soothe inflammation associated with acne lesions.

Non-comedogenic body lotions

Using an oil-free, moisturizing body lotion is an important skincare step in acne treatment for the chest area. Non-comedogenic means that these moisturizers won’t clog your pores, which can be a great way to prevent the development of zits. Oily moisturizers can clog the skin pores and trap debris and bacteria inside. That is why Dr. Green recommends a non-comedogenic body lotion. This type of moisturizer works to hydrate the skin without clogging the pores. It is also best to avoid lotions that have fragrance because they can cause further irritation to your skin. Lotions that have therapeutic active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or lactic acid, can also be a great way to boost cell turnover and heal the skin. Over-the-counter brands like Cerave, Cetaphil, and Neutrogena are often recommended options. You can also check out MGSKINLABS Ultimately Sheer Hydrating Lotion, which is a lightweight moisturizer designed for acne-prone skin.


A high amount of sun exposure can also be a risk factor in the development of chest acne. Sun exposure can dry out the skin, which causes the body to produce more oil to compensate. To avoid this, it is essential to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen to protect and hydrate the skin. Sunscreen can also help protect us against premature aging of our skin and the development of skin cancers. Using sunscreen is an important skincare step for everyone to adhere to regardless of skin tone, the weather, and the time of year. If you’re prone to chest acne and plan on spending some time in the sun, using a non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) sunscreen, such as MGSKINLABS Hydrating Sunscreen, can help prevent acne breakouts.

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Do spot treatments work on chest acne?

Spot treatments can be effective in treating many types of acne. Common active ingredients for spot treatments include benzoyl peroxide and retinol-A, which are able to dry out the infected area and exfoliate the skin, respectively. Treatments like Differin and Epiduo forte rely on a retinoid-like formulation known as adapalene, which helps with cell turnover without additional skin-drying effects. Dr. Green also often recommends topical antibiotic treatments to control acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. Additionally, MGSKINLABS offers Acne Spot Treatment that uses a benzoyl peroxide treatment to eliminate acne quickly and effectively. Spot treatments may not be effective for nodular and cystic acne, which form deep below the skin’s surface where active ingredients can not sufficiently penetrate. Many patients with chest acne breakouts suffer from nodules and cysts and, therefore, may not benefit from using spot treatments. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will ensure that you are using the skincare products that are best suited to resolve your chest acne breakouts successfully.

Topical Chest Acne Treatments

Topical antibiotics and hormonal acne treatments may also be prescribed by a dermatologist like Dr. Green, depending on the type of acne you’re dealing with. Understanding your breakout is important to treat acne, as different types of acne lesions may be more responsive to certain topical treatments than others. Below is a list of some of the best topical treatments for acne:

Dapsone is a topical acne treatment that your dermatologist may prescribe for mild or moderate acne breakouts. Dapsone, known by its brand name Aczone, reduces the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin. This helps to eliminate acne lesions and clear up the complexion. Other topical antibiotic treatments, such as Clindamycin and Erythromycin, work to reduce acne similarly.

Winlevi is a topical prescription medication for acne designed to treat acne breakouts due to hormonal changes in both men and women. This topical acne cream contains clascoterone and is an androgen receptor inhibitor, meaning that it blocks hormones in the skin from producing too much sebum. By preventing the production of excess oil, Winlevi helps prevent and treat acne breakouts and keeps the pores unclogged. The most common side effects of using Winlevi include mild redness and dryness in the treatment areas.

Topical antibiotic treatments are usually available as creams, lotions, or gels and work to reduce breakouts by destroying acne-causing bacteria on the skin. Erythromycin and Clindamycin are among the most popular topical antibiotic treatments, both of which are excellent treatment options for inflammatory types of acne lesions. Topical antibiotic treatment may be sufficient for clearing mild inflammatory acne breakouts. However, non-inflammatory acne and moderate to severe inflammatory acne breakouts typically require additional acne treatments such as oral antibiotics, isotretinoin, or Spironolactone.

Consulting with Dr. Michele Green, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, is the best way to determine which unique combination of topical acne treatments is best suited to clearing your breakouts once and for all. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best non-invasive treatment options available, including for acne, body acne, and acne scars. When you consult with Dr. Green regarding your acne treatment, she will recommend the topical treatments and skincare products that are best for your skin type and the type of acne you’re dealing with.


Accutane is the brand name for a prescription oral medication for acne called isotretinoin. Accutane is a derivative of vitamin A that treats acne by decreasing oil production in cells of the sebaceous glands and reducing the presence of acne-causing bacteria on the skin. It also reduces the size of the oil glands themselves and accelerates the rate of skin cell turnover. Accutane used to be reserved exclusively for persistent and severe acne breakouts but is now embraced by the American Academy of Dermatology as a safe and effective acne treatment for all severities and types of acne breakouts, including body acne and chest acne breakouts.

The main side effects associated with the medication are dry skin and increased photosensitivity. It is important that while taking Accutane, patients do not become pregnant, as the medication may cause serious congenital disabilities. Sun exposure should be limited, and patients on Accutane should use proper sun protection as well as refrain from consuming alcohol throughout their treatment. While on Accutane, monthly blood tests are required to monitor liver enzymes, white blood cell (WBC) count, and red blood cell (RBC) counts. Women are required to have monthly negative pregnancy tests. Accutane is controlled through the government-run iPLEDGE program. All blood tests and birth control methods must be documented and updated monthly in the iPLEDGE® system to prescribe Accutane for each patient. When Accutane is prescribed by an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green and taken as directed, it is an amazing medication to treat or completely get rid of acne breakouts, including body acne.

Chemical peels

An excellent treatment option for patients dealing with active acne breakouts or acne scars is glycolic acid or light Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) chemical peels. Superficial chemical peels are an exfoliating skin resurfacing treatment that accelerates the rate of skin cell turnover and can help unclog pores and clear away dead skin cells, which in turn reduces active acne breakouts. Additionally, by peeling away the top layer of the epidermis, new healthy skin is exposed, which can lighten spots of hyperpigmentation and stimulate collagen production to improve the appearance of acne scarring. Most patients require a short series of chemical peel treatments to achieve their desired results. The chemical peel itself is extremely quick and can take as little as a few minutes by an experienced board-certified dermatologist. Peeling will generally start 48 to 72 hours after the treatment and can last up to five-plus days, depending on the concentration of the peel.


A HydraFacial is a medical-grade facial that uses an innovative three-step process to cleanse, exfoliate, and rejuvenate the skin. The HydraFacial uses HydraFacial MD Active-4 cleanser to both clean and hydrate the skin, a vortex suction device to clear out clogged pores and exfoliate the skin, and unique skin care serums that infuse antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to restore a radiant complexion. A HydraFacial can also be combined with red or blue LED light therapy to treat active acne lesions and acne scars better.

One of the greatest benefits of the HydraFacial treatment is that anyone is a good candidate for the treatment. This soothing facial treatment is perfect for patients of all ages, skin tones, and skin types and can be used to address a host of different skin conditions. The HydraFacial is the go-to skin care treatment for models, actresses, and men and women on the go who want to achieve a radiant, healthy glow but can’t afford any downtime. The HydraFacial is perfect for anyone who wants their skin refreshed and rejuvenated and who may be battling with acne, clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, redness, fine lines, sun damage, or dry, dull skin. HydraFacial will leave you with radiant, clean, and smooth skin in just a single thirty-minute treatment.


The VBeam laser is used to treat redness and erythematous patches from acne breakouts and the resulting inflammation. In addition to reducing inflammation and acne-causing bacteria on the skin, the VBeam laser treatment is able to treat acne scars that are often more noticeable because of the redness that accompanies them. This residual redness, a skin condition known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, develops as a result of broken capillaries that are left behind after acne lesions have healed. The laser works by releasing a burst of light at a wavelength of 595 nanometers to target the red pigment in blood vessels. Once the laser treatment has begun, the light energy that is beamed out gets converted into heat in the skin. In the epidermis of the skin, the energy is captivated by chromophores, an atom or group of atoms responsible for color. As a result of the chromophores absorbing this energy, the VBeam laser does not interact with other parts of the skin and successfully treats redness associated with acne scars. There is zero downtime involved with VBeam, meaning patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately upon completion of the procedure and schedule their treatment sessions with ease.

What is the Best Chest Acne Treatment?

To effectively eliminate body acne and achieve clear, beautiful skin, Dr. Green recommends a unique combination of the best acne-fighting skincare products, in-office treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes for each patient, depending on their needs. During your consultation, you’ll discuss your medical and family history, be physically evaluated, and potentially have bloodwork done to understand the root cause of your acne. Oral antibiotics, topical medications, Accutane, or hormonal treatment such as spironolactone or birth control pills may be recommended in addition to in-office procedures like laser treatments, chemical peels, or Hydrafacials.

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How to prevent chest acne scars

The best way to prevent chest acne scars is by treating breakouts promptly and with the right combination of acne treatments for the specific types of acne present. Consulting an experienced board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible will ensure that your chest acne treatments are suited to your skin condition and resolve your breakouts as quickly as possible, helping to prevent acne scars. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will collect a thorough medical and family history, physically evaluate your skin condition, and potentially order certain blood tests to determine the underlying causes of chest acne breakouts you’re having. She will then work with you to create a customized chest acne treatment plan that is catered to your skin condition so that you can achieve and maintain a healthy, smooth, clear complexion. Another way to prevent acne scars on the chest is to avoid popping your pimples. Picking at or popping pimples can exacerbate the inflammation, which can increase the likelihood of developing permanent acne scars.

How to get rid of chest acne scars

An experienced and knowledgeable healthcare professional, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Green in NYC, selects the best acne scar treatments for each individual based on their skin type, skin tone, and the severity and different types of acne scars present. Typically, a combination approach is the most effective acne scar treatment plan. This is because no two patients develop faults in the same fashion. By utilizing different acne scar treatment options, acne scars can be significantly improved. Some of the most popular and effective acne scar treatment options include laser resurfacing treatments, such as Fraxel and eMatrix.


The Fraxel Dual laser skin resurfacing is a technique that can also be used to correct uneven skin tone and texture. Dr. Green often refers to the Fraxel laser as the magic eraser for its unique ability to target a host of various skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, sun damage, surgical scars, stretch marks, and enlarged pores. This innovative laser operates on two wavelengths and can be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars on the face, neck, chest, back (also known as Bacne), arms, and legs. To treat acne scars, energy from the fractional laser technology is targeted in the dermis of the skin to create controlled, targeted micro-injuries, resulting in a boost of new collagen production. The skin is tightened as a result of collagen formation, and the overall appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation is diminished with almost no downtime.


The eMatrix Laser is ideal for the treatment of acne scars on the face, chest, and back for patients of every skin tone and skin type. The eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractionated bi-polar frequency to penetrate beneath the skin’s surface to maximize the amount of collagen and elastin produced. Stimulating the skin’s production of collagen and elastin improves textural irregularities and treats acne scars. The eMatrix laser can treat textural issues on the skin of any tone and type, making it a powerful tool to combat stubborn acne scars. Using this laser treatment helps patients with acne scars achieve smoother, brighter, tighter, more beautiful, younger-looking skin. Since sublative rejuvenation has only 48 hours of downtime, this laser treatment can be scheduled with ease.

The eMatrix Laser is also unique because it effectively treats patients with any skin type or skin tone, meaning that it’s an essentially “color-blind” laser treatment. As certain lasers can work less effectively with darker skin tones, leading to hyperpigmentation or other pigment issues, the eMatrix is a go-to option for Dr. Green when it comes to safely and effectively treating her patients.

When you work with Dr. Green, she can evaluate your chest acne scars and help you determine which combination of treatments would work best for your skin type and situation. Dr. Green is an international leader in dermatology and uses the most cutting-edge acne scar treatments in her private NYC practice, including Fraxel laser, eMatrix, and V-beam laser, among others.

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More Chest Acne FAQs:

What is chest acne a sign of?

Chest acne can appear on the skin’s surface for a number of reasons, and pinpointing the cause is essential for finding the best treatment option. Some patients may experience hormone fluctuations, which increase sebum production, leading to clogged skin pores. For some, lifestyle habits, such as wearing tight-fighting clothing, not showering after a workout, or consuming a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates, can lead to acne breakouts on the chest and body. For others, medications such as corticosteroids and testosterone can contribute to the appearance of chest acne. Regardless of the cause, expert dermatologist Dr. Green has a solution to help reduce acne breakouts on the chest and body.

Why do I get back and chest acne?

A number of contributing factors can cause chest and back acne. The cause of body acne could be as simple as the exercise clothes you’ve been wearing (tight-fitting clothing may trap sweat and acne-causing bacteria) or a recent increase in stress. For many patients, minor changes in daily routine or lifestyle habits can make a world of difference in terms of the appearance of back and chest acne. Genetics, hormone fluctuations, and environmental factors may also contribute to the presence of back and chest acne. An expert in the field of dermatology, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City, can help determine the underlying factors that are contributing to your chest acne breakouts and recommend the right combination of acne treatments for targeting the causal factors so that you can achieve and maintain a healthy, clear, smooth complexion.

Is chest acne related to steroids?

Certain medications, including corticosteroids, can increase the risk of developing acne on the body, including chest acne. Corticosteroids, which are different from the steroid compound that athletes sometimes abuse, are a medication that reduces inflammation to decrease tissue damage. Corticosteroids can be taken orally or administered locally in the form of eye drops or creams. Often, when taken orally, corticosteroids can increase the risk of developing acne breakouts. If you are experiencing acne breakouts while taking corticosteroids, it is essential to consult with your healthcare provider before changing how you take the medication. It may be possible to receive a lower dose of the medication or switch to a localized method of administration to reduce the risk of acne breakouts.

Why is my chest acne itchy?

There are several reasons why chest acne may be itchy, but the most common reason is dry, irritated skin around the breakout site. Dehydration can contribute to dry, cracked, and flaky skin, which leads to an increase in sebum production to compensate, resulting in pores clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. Suppose you are experiencing itchy skin at the treatment site. In that case, it is essential to avoid itching to reduce the likelihood of popping the pimples there, which can cause permanent scarring or worsen the existing breakout.

What to do for chest acne at home: from essential oils to the right laundry detergent

There are a few different natural oils and skincare products that can be useful in treating chest acne breakouts. For example, tea tree oil and other essential oils can be useful in combating acne breakouts in varying areas of the body due to their antibacterial properties. Additionally, apple cider vinegar, oral zinc supplements, green tea, and clay masks are commonly used as homeopathic remedies for chest acne, body acne, and acne scars. However, it’s best to test any of these products on a patch of skin first to make sure that your skin does not have an adverse reaction that could further irritate any active acne lesions.

The appearance of acne can be minimized by always remembering to wash your face and body after exercising or sweating. A daily skincare regimen combined with a strict hygiene routine can do wonders in reducing the appearance of acne. Also, it’s crucial not to squeeze or pick at any acne, as this can worsen inflammation and cause scars. Stress reduction, good nutrition, and adequate amounts of sleep can help your body best regulate hormones that can affect the development of acne. While mild cases of acne may respond well to home remedies, moderate to severe acne breakouts typically require a customized acne treatment plan to resolve effectively. It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, as soon as breakouts appear to prevent the development of acne scars. Acne scars are often more challenging to treat than the acne breakouts themselves.

The materials that come into contact with our skin can have a huge impact on skin health. Irritants like fragrances and dyes can cause inflammation and acne when they’re in products we use, like moisturizers or laundry detergents. Some patients, even those suffering from severe cases of cystic acne, have found relief by switching their laundry detergent to one that’s gentle and fragrance-free.

Will shaving the chest reduce acne?

Patients can make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing chest acne, but shaving the chest will not help to reduce acne. In fact, waxing or using a razor to shave the chest can irritate the skin, increasing the likelihood of developing chest acne. To trim the hair on the chest, Dr. Green recommends using an electric clipper to reduce the risk of skin irritation, pimples, and acne cysts.

How to cover chest acne

If you are suffering from chest acne, there are many treatment solutions to eliminate the outbreak. In the meantime, many patients want to cover up the outbreak. If you would like to cover the chest acne outbreak with clothing while it subsides, avoid tight-fitting clothing. Instead, it is best to opt for loose-fitting, cotton clothing that will not trap sweat and acne-causing bacteria. Tight-fitting clothing can worsen chest acne breakouts and may contribute to breakouts in other areas of the body, too.

How to get rid of chest acne overnight

Unfortunately, there are not any acne treatment options that will eliminate chest acne overnight. However, there are a wide variety of acne treatments that will help to eliminate acne breakouts fairly quickly, including topical acne spot treatments, specially formulated skincare products, oral medications, and lifestyle changes that can help to prevent future outbreaks of chest acne and body acne.

Why do I have chest acne in my 30s? Why is my chest acne coming back?

Most people think that acne breakouts are a part of being an awkward teenager and don’t realize that acne, in fact, is a skin condition that is a common part of adulthood for many–in fact, in a recent study, 85% of females and 15% of males struggled with adult acne. A combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors can trigger adult acne. Though it’s frustrating, adult acne anywhere on the body can be successfully treated through topical treatments, a steady skincare routine, oral medications, in-office treatments, or a combination of any of the above. If you have suffered through trial and error with over-the-counter skincare products to no avail, schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green will recommend the right combination of treatment options for clearing your acne once and for all.

Is chest acne hormonal? Which hormones cause chest acne?

There are many potential risk factors for developing chest acne, one of which is fluctuations in the androgen hormones. Androgens cause enlargement and hyperactivity of sebum glands in the skin, leading to increased sebum production that can clog pores and cause pimples. For this reason, individuals who are experiencing puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, as well as those who are taking certain medications, have an underlying medical condition or are in various stages of the menstrual cycle, may be more susceptible to developing hormonal chest acne breakouts. A board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, can order certain blood tests to be performed that can help determine if any systemic hormonal imbalances may be contributing to the presence of your chest acne breakouts and recommend the appropriate acne treatments as necessary.

Hormonal acne breakouts can consist of any type of acne lesion, from blackheads and whiteheads to painful cysts, that often present along the jawline and lower face and may tend to occur in a cyclical pattern. A number of underlying factors may trigger hormonal acne breakouts but are typically caused by fluctuations in various androgen hormones. Certain androgens can stimulate the oil glands in the skin to produce excess oil, causing pores to become clogged and leading to acne breakouts. Chest acne can be exacerbated by certain lifestyle and hygiene habits such as wearing tight-fitting clothing, failing to shower after exercise, and more.

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How to get started with chest acne treatment today

Body acne, whether it be a single pimple or a persistent breakout of severe acne, can be a frustrating skin condition to try and treat with over-the-counter acne treatments and skincare products. Additionally, untreated or ineffectively treated acne can result in acne scars, which can often be even more challenging to resolve than the initial pimples themselves. One of the greatest benefits of consulting with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in NYC early on about your chest acne is that she can customize your acne treatment plan, recommending the best acne medications, treatments, and skincare products for you depending on the type of acne that you’re experiencing and the underlying causes of your breakouts.

Dr. Michele Greis is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist who is internationally renowned for her holistic approach to treating acne, body acne, and acne scars, with over two and a half decades of treating some of the most discerning men and women from around the globe. She has a particular interest in helping patients who struggle with acne breakouts achieve clear skin and has developed a line of specially formulated skincare products- MGSKINLABS, Inc.- that includes topical acne treatments designed for individuals with acne-prone skin. Dr. Green takes the time to understand the underlying factors that are contributing to the presence of acne and designs acne treatment protocols that have been customized to address the specific needs of each patient. Her dedication to her patients and her expertise is reflected by the fact that she is consistently voted as one of New York’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. To get started with eliminating your chest acne and achieving a clear, healthy, radiant complexion that lasts, please call the NYC office of Dr. Michele Green at 212-535-3088 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation.

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