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Like any other part of the body that has hair follicles, it is possible to end up with clogged pores on your breasts. What causes the clogging, and how can you unclog them?
Clogged pores or comedones on the breast are not usually serious but if nothing is done, one may end up acne bumps, which may be painful and itchy if infections strike in. Many reasons have been linked with clogged pores on the breast, some of the reasons are natural while others have an underlying medical problem.
What can cause clogged skin anywhere else can also result in this problem on your boobs. The causes can be mild or very severe. Always try finding out underlying causes and manage it. A good treatment plan should consider two aspects, the underlying cause, and the resultant symptoms.
Why do pores on the best get clogged?
As we had stated earlier, clogged skin on the breast can occur due to several reasons. Again, while this condition can affect any woman, some women are more predisposed than others. The vulnerability depends on how much an individual is exposed to the risk factors.
Here common causes:
Excessive production of sebum
This is the most common cause. Sebum is a skin oil that lubricating it. When it is produced in excess, it would combine with the dead skin cells and other debris to block the pores.
An increased production of sebum is triggered by hormonal changes. The following are the factor that can lead to hormonal imbalances:
- Body changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
- Use of some medications such as birth control medications
- Certain diets which increase blood insulin level
Accumulation of dead skin cells
Accumulation of the dead blood cells in the skin (debris) would also contribute towards clogging of pores anywhere in the body. This debris usually combines with sebum and clog the pore-forming acne. Washing or unclogging the pores regularly would help get rid of the nasty dead skin cells.
Excessive sweating can also block the skin pores such after a strenuous exercise. Therefore, it is recommended that one take immediate bathe after sweating to help unclog the pores and reduce
Poor hygiene can also contribute to this problem. If you don’t wash your body regularly, the dead skin cells and other skin debris would accumulate leading to the boob acne.
You should be bath and gently exfoliate your skin regularly. This can be done using easily available cheap natural products such as lemon juice, honey, apple cider vinegar and more. There are also OTC products that can be used.
Dust particles in the air can also settle on the skin. If the skin is not washed or exfoliated regularly, the dust would combine with the dead skin cells, sebum, and other skin debris to result in comedones.
Skin care products and cosmetics
Many of the products we apply to our skins can make it healthy or damage it. Certain skin products we use daily can irritate the sebaceous glands making them produce more sebum and clogging may occur.
Also, some products tend to be greasy and thus can clogged skin on the breast. When buying skin products, please go for those mentioned as non-comedogenic.
Pressure on breast
Putting on tight-fitting bras can also aggravate sweating, something that would lead to clogged skin pores or milk ducts. Always put on the proper size of bras. If it is a must put on the tight ones, then ensure you control the level of sweating, and take a shower in case of so much perspiration.
Risks of breast comedones
The first risk of having comedones is boob acne that might be between your breasts, under them or anywhere on your boobs.
Acne here can be in form of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules, cysts, nodules, papules among other forms of acne.
Unless infected, you can only end up with blackheads and whiteheads. However, in the case of bacteria colonizes these comedones, you will end up with the other severe and inflammatory types of acne which may manifest itself as huge painful bumps that can cause scarring when they heal.
Are the white bumps on areola clogged bumps?
Even though the clogged skin on breasts can results in white bumps especially if you have whiteheads and pimples, some of the little white bumps on the areola could be one of the clogged milk duct symptoms.
What causes clogged milk duct? Many factors, including comedones, can block milk ducts. Factors such as residual breast milk, weak pump in the breast leading to drainage issue, pressure on the breast (tight bras), bad latch and stress among others can cause this blockage.
Clogged milk duct symptoms include swollen, itchy or painful breast, sore or tender breast, and they can be warm to touch.
Blocked milk duct treatment or remedy can be like those for unclogging comedones on the breast while others might be unique.
What are these large pores on breasts
Although minor pores get easily clogged as compared to large ones, large ones are un aesthetically appealing. As Simple-remedies.com notes, “open pores on the breast as well as on face makes your skin rough and you look much older than you are.”
Also, large pores on the breast can also get clogged as well. Oily skin, hormonal imbalance, waxing, cosmetics, dead skin cells, dirt and other skin debris all can clog them.
There is no permanent treatment of enlarged pore skin. Certain home remedies can be used to shrink them. Such remedies include an ice pack, egg white, lemon juice, sandalwood powered paste, honey and many others.
Unclogging clogged pores on breast
Whether large or small, comedones on breasts are not serious medical conditions. Many cases resolve of their own after bathing or gentle skin exfoliation. However, you may be not lucky if the clogs are infected.
You should visit your dermatologist if they cannot be unclogged using home remedies or over the counter products. Furthermore, in case you have pimples characterize by bumps filled with pus or other severe forms of acne consider treatments that will also deal with acne.
Here are some of the ways to unclog clogged pores on breast skin:
- Use natural products such as aloe vera, lemon juice, apple cider among others. This product would keep away infections and shrink the pores pushing the clogs outside.
- Wash the breast with warm water. This would soften the pores allowing the clog to be easily removed
- Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub regularly. This will get rid of sebum, oil, dirt from the blocked hair follicles.
- Apply an ice pack on large pores on the breast to shrink them and thus, they would not easily get blocked.
- Bathe immediately after strenuous exercise to do away with the sweat and dirt that might contribute to the formation of comedones.
- Talk to your dermatologist if you keep on getting recurrent blocked hair follicles due to excess production of oil. It could be due to hormonal imbalance.
- If you have oily skin, then you should as well talk to your doctor about the effective ways to prevent the pores from being plugged due to excess sebum.
When to see a dermatologist
As we noted, most cases of clogged skin on the breast are mild and do even require the skin care professional. However, complications may follow this blockage. The comedones may get infected and lead to inflammatory acne types.
Treating acne is not as easy as you may imagine. There are times when it keeps recurring. In such a case, you can see your dermatologist for further treatments and recommendations.
The doctor would prescribe medications such as antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, and other acne treatments to help clear acne.
Don’t continue applying over counter treatments or the home remedies when you do not see any positive results.