Did you know that neck acne exists? I actually didn’t know that until I had some on my neck. And after deep research, I found that our neck skin is exposed to the same issues as our faces. So if you are someone with face acne, expect to see some on your neck too.
From my own experience with neck acne, I found out that it can be so annoying and harder to cover up with makeup due to sweat and clothing rubbing against the area.
1 || Oil Overproduction: In the sebaceous gland, cells get stickier and don’t turn over correctly, and oil glands make oil that is thicker and bacteria proliferate leading to pimples.
2 || Clogged Pores: Excess oil, sweat, makeup, sunscreen, and skincare products can clog your pores causing acne. Make sure to choose products that are fragrance and oil-free for sensitive skin. And don’t forget to clean your neck as well, exactly the way you do with your face.
3 || Hormones: Hormonal acne does not only appear on the face, it can manifest itself in the neck too. Consult your doctor for neck acne causes and if it’s hormonal, check on how you fix your hormonal imbalances. These can occur during pregnancy or the menstruation cycle.
4 || Not Removing Your Makeup: You must cleanse your neck like you clean your face to avoid any products, bacteria, oil or dirt buildups that may clog your pores leading to acne.
5 || Aggressive Skincare Routine: Yea, while we do encourage you to take extra care of your neck, we ask you to avoid overdoing it. Aggressive exfoliation can irritate your skin making the problem even worse.
6 || Stress: Do you think stress only appears on your face? The answer is no. More stress, more sebum production in the body, and therefore more acne and breakouts on the face, neck, back, and maybe arms.
1 || Products With Acne Fighting Ingredients
Over the counter products with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or sulfur can be really helpful in killing acne-causing bacteria, peeling skin and unclogging your pores.
2 || Remove Your Makeup
You’ve got to remove makeup not only from your face, but from your neck as well. Use makeup removal wipes or put some makeup remover on a cotton pad and wipe makeup and dirt off your neck skin to avoid clogging your pores.
3 || Clean Your Clothes Regularly
Because your clothes are is in contact with your clothes most of the time, you should make sure that they are clean and made of breathable fabric. Other items that should be cleaned regularly are pillowcases and sheets.
4 || Laser Hair Removal
If you notice that breakouts appear on the hairline on the back of the neck, they might be related to ingrown hairs. In this case you might need to consider a laser hair removal treatment to remove any irritation caused by ingrown hairs. Laser treatment will not only remove hair follicles, but it will also help clogging your pores which reduce irritation and breakouts.