How to Get Rid of Pimples Under the Breasts

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Pimples under the breasts, typically caused by sweating, friction or tight clothing, can be bothersome and even embarrassing. The skin on your breasts is thicker than on your face, which makes these blemishes somewhat more difficult to treat. Waiting for the pimples to go away is one option. Or speed up the healing process with a boost to your skincare routine.

Step 1

Keep the skin under your breasts dry. Lift up each breast and pat the skin gently with a soft towel after showering or swimming. Sprinkle baby powder under the breasts after drying the skin to help keep moisture at bay.

Step 2

Shower immediately after working out or sweating excessively. Shower regularly even when you’re not sweaty to help keep oil from building up under the breasts and halting the healing process. Use a body wash or soap that contains glycolic or salicylic acid, ingredients that help clear up pimples.

Step 3

Wear a support bra that is made of cotton, linen or other breathable fabric, and make sure it’s not too tight. Tight clothing and bras trap sweat and oils in the skin and clog pores, which can make pimples worse.

Step 4

Apply moisturizer to the area under the breasts every day. Choose non-comedogenic moisturizers, as these won’t further clog pores, and avoid ingredients that are oily. Unlike treating pimples on the face, the goal is not to dry out the acne under the breasts, but rather to keep the skin hydrated so it will produce less oil.

Step 5

Dab an acne spot treatment containing benzoyl peroxide on the pimples at night before bed. Don’t wear a bra to bed, as this can interfere with the product’s effectiveness. Follow the instructions on the product for specific amounts to use.

Step 6

Exfoliate the skin under the breasts twice a week to unclog pores and speed up healing. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or a loofah, but avoid scrubbing too hard, as this can irritate the pimples and slow down healing.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft towel

  • Baby powder

  • Body wash or soap with glycolic or salicylic acid

  • Support bra made of breathable fabric

  • Non-comedogenic moisturizer

  • Benzoyl peroxide acne spot treatment

  • Exfoliating scrub or loofah

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