I need advice on how to get rid of nasty pimples and zits around my arms and chest.
Aliesha from Florida
If you have insurance get your Doctor to refer you to a Dermatologist. Since acne is not considered a cosmetic visit insurance companies actually cover the cost.
If you don't have insurance one of the best ways to stop pimples is to stop anything from irritating your skin. Stop squeasing them, and stop using anything with alcohol in it on your skin. Gently cleanse with baking soda and a little water once a day. Use a oatmeal and a little water to make a mask whenever you want. When a pimple does break open put hydrogen peroxide on it.
This has served me well over the years. The over the counter medications have not done much for me.
I hope this helps you, all my best hopes to you.
My husband has this problem. We buy the Neutrogena body scrub and it works well. He uses it with a rougher loofa thing on a stick. It does get worse in the winter, because his skin can't breath as much with the layers he has on. Also change your sheets more often, they trap body oils and that doesn't help either. Good Luck
Sometimes the shampoo Selsun Blue will work wonders. Wash your arms & chest with it EVERY TIME you shower, in place of the soap you now use. Don't buy "head & shoulders" or any other "dandruff" shampoo... SELSUN BLUE is the brand you want. It has an ingredient that works for many things (even some fungus)... The smell isn't great... But don't worry... The smell won't stay with you when you leave the shower!
---> Once a week (at the MOST, twice a week if you don't have tender skin) scrub your arms & chest with: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Facial Wash. Be sure to buy the one with Salicylic acid. I'm pretty sure it's the one that says "Medicated" on the container. St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub can be bought at your local drug store & sometimes in grocery stores too. I use it on my arms, legs, face & back once a week even though I have no acne at the moment... I just love the way it makes my skin feel soft & new by removing old, dead skin cells.
* Here's a review of the product:
--->If you do the above 2 things for a month & still have no relief (I'm pretty sure you will!) Then you can also add to your regimen using Salicylic acid, or Benzoyl Peroxide on your arms & chest after your shower. These should be used sparingly, as they dry out the skin. These ingredients come in a tube. Just buy the least expensive brand in the "acne" area of the store. I like Benzoyl Peroxide better than Salicitic acid as it also kills bacteria. NEVER use either one of these creams on the day you've used the Apricot scrub! Your skin will be way to sensitive (and you might get a "chemical burn"). Wait a day or 2 after usng the Apricot Scrub.
* Benzoyl Peroxide can fade clothing (like bleach does) so be sure it's rubbed in well before getting dressed!
---> Sunshine. I don't care WHAT they say about staying out of the sun. In the summer, expose these areas to a LITTLE bit of sun, but use care! (There's new evidence we all need sunshine to absorb calcium, because it's much better than synthetic Vitamin D)
Please see your Doctor and get tested for breast cancer,NOW!! My daughter had similar problems and her Physician treated her for everything but what it was. Infectious Breast Cancer. Or IBC. She is gone now and missed so very much. If it turns out to be something else at least you had a warning. Good Luck
Antibacterial soap like Lever, cotton shirts, stay clean and stop eating/drinking dairy products.
Try extra virgin coconut oil. Use as a moisturizer. It has anti-bacterial properties, so you shouldn't need to use acne "treatment" that will dry out your skin. Works for my facial breakouts, and my husbands wintertime back breakouts. you can also use it for your underarms instead of deodorant, as a eye-makeup remover, for sunburns, as conditioning treatment on hair, minimize pores, for cuticles, and you can cook with it. I am not in the business of selling or marketing this product, just love using it! You can find Extra Virgin Coconut oil in the beauty section of Whole foods, or by the olive oil in health food stores. It cost about $12 and will last a really long time.
google this...Keratosis Pylaris DO NOT SCRUB WITH LOOFAH! THIS WILL MAKE IT WORSE! Go to dermatologist and he will prescribe a lotion called Lacticare. It is a bit expensive but it will work. There really is no good way to get rid of it. It is actually better in the WINTER months rather than the summer months. Contrary to what you might logically think. Good luck!
A few times I have put egg yolk on my breakout areas and let it sit there for a few minutes then washed it off. And it helped me a whole bunch. Which i have severely oily skin so mine didn't dry out.
Another idea though that helped me was tanning. Don't ask how or why but it is gone and so is scars.
-Few things that worked for me. :)
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