If you have a pimple on your breast, especially if it won’t heal, or keeps recurring, this could be a symptom of cancer. You should take it seriously. Red pimples or acne bumps on the breast, whether they are large or small, may be sources of worry. But these bumps are not ALL symptomatic of serious illness. Some are just aesthetically displeasing.
Read on! We’ll show you photographs of these pimples, let you know what causes them and give you ways to get rid of breast pimples.
Are pimples on the breast normal?
Teenagers get breast pimples more commonly than adults, but anyone can get them. They are often brought on by changes in the body’s hormones. Hormones cause acne on the face, too, so the result is very normal.
However, recurring pimples or black breast pimples should not be taken lightly. Pimples that evolve into lumps in the breast could be signs of skin problems or even cancer.
What causes bumps and pimples on breasts?
The causes of bumps and zits depend largely on their type. Cystic acne is among the most common types. Zits may develop on the face, back and chest. Everyday pimples are usually caused by sweat and dirt blocking the pores of the skin. Here are some causes of pimples on breasts:
- Acne breakouts on the chest
Is your skin prone to acne? Breast skin is thicker than the skin on other areas of the body. If you wear clothes that are tight, you’re more likely to get chest pimples and zits.
There are medications that cause acne symptoms to worsen. They may also be brought on by impaired liver or kidney function. When toxins are released within the body, this can trigger zits on the breast and other acne breakouts.
- Period and pregnancy hormones cause pimples
Whenever you have hormone fluctuations, usually during pregnancy or period, your skin produces more sebum. This can lead to blockages of skin pores, which may cause small breast pimples.
Cystic acne may be more severe during the months of pregnancy, or when you’re having periods, according to Shape Magazine. Symptoms include red pimples, found on the face, forehead, back, chest or breast.
- Acne pimples from breastfeeding
Getting pimples on your chest, face, back and breast are common, and known as post-pregnancy acne breakouts. After you give birth, your hormones are still imbalanced, and this can cause pimples.
Breast pimples may manifest themselves in various ways, and you may not pay attention to them. Some breast pimples are painful or feel hard or bleed.
- Acne from eating too much fatty foods and dairy
Fatty foods will increase your body’s fat content. This can lead to acne breakouts. Yahoo Beauty states that dairy foods are bad for skin, since they lead to pimples. Dairy foods cause spikes in hormones, which can cause pimples, according to integrative medicine specialist Dr. Frank Lipman, in New York City.
Other foods that can cause breakouts include:
- Coconut oil
- High carb foods
- Greasy foods
- Fatty foods
- Fried foods
Eating these foods in excess will often lead to breakouts on various areas of your body, including the breast.
- Breast acne brought on by medications
Some medications affect increased acne. WebMD reports that anticonvulsants, androgenic steroids, bromide-based medications, steroids, corticosteroids and lithium are common medicines that can cause breakouts.
If you have medication-related breakouts, they may occur on the breasts as well as other parts of the body, including face, cheek, forehead and chin breakouts.
- Cancer-related black pimples on the breast
Can zits be symptomatic of breast cancer? Cancerous chest growths may begin as tiny lumps that look like pimples. Fitness Magazine advises you to avoid scratching or popping cysts or pimples on your breast. Call your physician to rule out the possibility that they are related to breast cancer.
Two symptoms that might indicate breast cancer include:
- A pimple on the breast that doesn’t heal or go away
Bumps or pimples that recur, last for weeks or even months and will not heal may be indicative of breast cancer. They may become inflamed and warm. If the breast feels warm when the zits or boils appear, and they are painful and tender, it could be cancer. Don’t ignore it.
2. Pus-filled bumps on the breast
Though many types of bumps may have pus, you shouldn’t ignore this sign. Pimples under the breast are more likely to be caused by fungal infections, but when they are on the skin on top of the breast, appear black or dark, feel hard and recur, they could be signs of breast cancer.
Pimples and zits under your breast, if they are in clusters or rash-like areas, could be brought on by heat rash. People with larger breasts have this condition more commonly. Lack of aeration causes sweating and possible blocking of pores.
In some instances, fungal infections may develop under the breast, too. This happens more often if you don’t use proper hygiene in the area. You can use anti-fungal treatments to help in getting rid of fungal infections.
Pimples and bacteria in breast skin
As your immune system reacts to infection, and tries to get rid of your pimples, the bacteria may cause inflamed or reddened skin. If you attempt to pop pimples yourself, they will often become sore and red. They can bleed, too. You might end up with bloody pimples on the breast.
Large, painful pimples on the breast
Painful pimples may result from bruising or from your attempts to pop them. They do go away eventually on their own, but they are worrisome if they grow larger and remain painful.
If you note symptoms like sore boils that look like very large pimples, consult with your physician for a proper medication. Pimples that get bigger may also signify cancerous growth, and it needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible, and properly treated.
Infected pimples on breast
In addition to causing you pain, infected bumps or pimples will become filled with pus. It is formed with sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. Local infections may be painful, too, and the pus may turn to yellowish or greenish.
When your body is attacked by a bacterial infection, you may notice inflammation. Your areola (nipple area) may swell, develop a rash, or get itchy. Infected bumps often don’t heal well, and they may develop scabs and recur. Your dermatologist may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to treat infections in the breast skin.
Getting rid of breast pimples
Proper care and hygiene are helpful in getting rid of acne breakouts and pimples. The accumulation of dirt and sweat, in addition to oily skin pores can cause breakouts of whiteheads, blackheads and other pimples. Proper hygiene, including unclogging the pores, may help to heal acne. Below are some helpful treatments and home remedies:
- Cleansing skin properly
You can help in unclogging your pores by cleansing your skin well. This allows your skin to breathe, preventing pimples from forming. While you cleanse, use warm water and pat your skin dry gently.
- Avoiding tight-fitting bras and shirts
These can make you more likely to develop skin rashes and acne breakouts.
- Using aloe Vera
If a pimple on your breast is inflamed or infected, aloe Vera can be used in treating it. Apply aloe Vera gel in a thin layer over the affected area. It is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic. It reduces inflammation, which is a cause of acne.
- Using benzoyl peroxide
You can purchase this zit-kicker over the counter. It helps in killing off bacteria, as long as you don’t have sensitive skin.
- Using tea tree oil or garlic
Tea tree oil or garlic can be used for getting rid of pimples under your breasts. These treatments work especially well if your breakouts result from fungal infections.
- Using ice
Ice can reduce the inflammation of your pimples. When your affected area is sore, place ice cubes in a clean towel or cloth. Place the ice on your breast for about five minutes. Repeat as needed to help in reducing the inflammation.
Treatments for a pimple on the breast
You may be prescribed acne treatments by your physician if your acne doesn’t clear up by itself. Here are some prescription and OTC medications used for pimple treatment.
Benzoyl peroxide comes in cleansers, creams, lotions and gels. It keeps your skin clean and gets rid of excess oil and dead cells that cause breakouts.
Salicylic acid treats acne, especially for people who are sensitive to benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, unplugs pores and prevents additional pimples from developing on your breast or elsewhere.
These may be used in severe cases of acne on the face, back, chest and breast. Additionally, Isotretinoin is sometimes prescribed if you have deep acne on the breast.
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