How to Get Rid of Shoulder Acne
Getting pimples can be frustrating. Many people hope to outgrow it in their teen years, only to find it continue on to adulthood. While, pimples can form on any part of the body, but the shoulder can be particularly frustrating. It is often hard to reach the area of concern and the skin does not mend as quickly as that on your face. Your clothing can rub against it causing it to be exacerbated, and instead of mending it often feels like it is getting worse instead of getting better.
What Causes Shoulder Pimples
There can be a number of different things that causes pimple to form on a person’s shoulder.
- One of the most common factors is a person genetics. Regrettably, this is something a person has no say over. If you come from a line of kin that is known for dealing with pimple, you might be more prone to outbreaks.
- A second cause may be changes in a person’s hormones. This is one reason why many teenagers have issues with pimple as they go through puberty. Many women also find they will struggle with pimple during certain times of their monthly cycle as their hormones change, or when they are pregnant or breastfeeding as their hormones change significantly.
- An additional cause of pimple could be side effects from a medication a person is taking. For instance, some antidepressants can cause your skin to be more prone to pimple outbreaks.
- A fourth cause of pimple may be periods of stress. While periods of stress will not directly cause you to have an outbreak, it can help to increase the likelihood of one occurring.
- An additional cause may be excessive sweat. Sweat itself can help to clear out our pores, but when it is trapped against your body for periods of time, it can cause pores to become clogged and create pimples.
- Lastly, a person’s diet may contribute to outbreaks. Surprisingly, the things that people suspect, like pizza or other greasy foods, do not increase the likelihood, but some simple carbohydrates and dairy products do increase their occurrence.
How do Pimples Form
A person’s body naturally produces oils, which are necessary for skin to stay healthy. This oil is called sebum. When there is an overabundant production of this oil, it can mix with dead skin cells and get trapped in your skin’s pores, creating a blockage.
When this blockage occurs, bacteria forms creating a blemish, or pimple. This same build up of sebum and skin cells cause blackheads and whitehead pimples to form. The difference is how the body reacts to it.
When the pore becomes inflamed and begins to swell outward, it forms what is often called a whitehead pimple, because of the white center that often forms on it.
If there is enough air that gets to the clogged pore, instead of the area swelling it can dry the bacteria and oil that is trapped, forming a blackhead. This type of a pimple is called a blackhead because it usually has a darker colored center to the blemish.
Some people have one type of blemish more so than another, or they may have a combination of both whiteheads and blackheads. No matter which type of a blemish it may be, the spots are all pimple related.
Treating and Stopping Sweat Related Outbreaks
Since sweat and contaminant from skin cells and sebum is what often causes an outbreak of pimples, it is important to practice some specific hygiene tasks to ensure the issues is not only treated but also future outbreaks are stopped in the future.
Whenever you have a workout, or spend a significant amount of time sweating, it is important to take a shower as quickly as possible afterwards. Showering will help to wash the dirt and oil off of the skin so it does not have a chance to be trapped in your skin’s pores. Also make sure to wash your sweating clothing between uses so that there is not extra sweat or contaminant left on the clothing.
When you shower, consider using an exfoliating body scrub. If you have harsh pimple, there are pimple soaps which contain salicylic acid in them to help minimize the amount of pores that get clogged.
Lastly, when working out, consider wearing loose fitting clothing which allows your skin to breath easily instead of tighter fitting aerobic type clothing. This will help to keep sweat and contaminant from being trapped against the skin or in the clothing.
Choose Skin Care and Health and Beauty Care Items Carefully
When you are prone to pimple, it is important to make sure any products you use on your skin will not help to contribute to further outbreaks. Whenever possible, choose a product that is oil-free and will not clog pores.
One thing people forget to check is sunscreen. This is important to help protect your skin, but is often loaded with oils which will further exacerbate your shoulder pimple and cause it to get worse instead of better.
Look for a product that does not contain oil but still provides adequate SPF coverage to keep your skin from being harmed by the sun. Also look at any moisturizers, cleanser, lotions, shampoo, conditioner or body washes you might be using. If they contain oils they might actually be contributing to your shoulder pimple.
Even if you do not use the product on your shoulders, if you use it one your hair or other parts of your body, it may flows over your shoulders and can affect the skin on your shoulders unintentionally. The same goes for if you have long hair and wear it down touching your shoulders.
If the oil naturally in your hair or in your hair products gets on your shoulder, it can further encourage pimple to form. Lastly, using products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help to minimize pimples, just make sure to keep an eye on your skin and only use on affected areas, as it can be overly drying to the skin and cause other problems.
Take a Look at Your Eating Habits
As previously mentioned, certain foods can help to increase flare-ups from pimple, including shoulder pimple. So take a look at what your diet consists of on a regular basis. If you are eating a lot of foods that cause your blood sugar to rise, like carbohydrates, you might be contributing to the problem with your diet.
For instance, try to avoid white bread, white potatoes, and sugary foods. Instead, opt for lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins like fish and chicken. This does not mean by eating an occasional sugary food, you will break out in pimple on your shoulder, but eating it regularly can cause your skin to become more inflamed with blemishes.
Also make sure to drink plenty of water every day. The water will help your body to rid itself of toxins, including the bacteria that is collecting in your pores. It will also help to make sure your skin stays hydrated, which is important when you use some pimple products and medications, which can sometimes dry your skin.
When to See Your Doctor
If you have tried to do the things mentioned above, and you find you pimple continues to cause you problems, there are prescription medications and creams a doctor can give you which can help.
A doctor can also help to determine if the medication you are taking is contributing to your outbreaks, like an antidepressant, hormone treatment, or some contraceptives. If so they can see if you are a candidate for a different medication which will not cause the pimple to be as harsh.
If your doctor determines you are an ideal candidate for pimple prescription medication, they might prescribe you an oral antibiotic to take daily for an extended period of time. This antibiotic helps to rid your body of the pimple causing bacteria and minimize the number of outbreaks. They might also consider prescribing a topical antibiotic cream to work directly on the affected area, or a topical steroid to help minimize the inflammation. Medicated soaps and ointments to help dry up the area may also be an option for treatment.
Seeing a Dermatologist
Sometimes people have such harsh pimple, that the regular treatments do not work. If this is the case, your primary care physician may need to refer you to a dermatologist.
Dermatologist are specialist doctors who address ailments of the skin specifically. They can evaluate your skin and the type of pimple you have to determine if there is a better option to treat your pimple. It might be that your skin needs to have a particular combination of treatment to find relief, or it might need other treatment options which are monitored by a dermatologist and not a general physician.
This might include injections or laser treatment to name a few. These options are usually reserved for only people with harsh pimple who do not respond to other interventions, or who have significant scarring from their pimple which is causing other problems with the appearance of their skin.