Do Your Boobs Need Their Own Skincare Routine? This Dermatologist Says Yes
Let’s face it: we’re dedicated to our face masks, serums, and moisturizers to enhance the skin on our face, but when it comes to the skin on our breasts and chest, love is lacking. We’ll admit that chest skincare isn’t exactly the sexiest thing to talk about, but it turns out that our skincare routines shouldn’t end at the decolletage.
In fact, the skin on our chest is not only worthy of some TLC—it requires it. According to Dr. Jennifer Herrmann, a board-certified dermatologist at Moy Fincher Chipps Facial Plastics/Dermatology, our chest is more prone to signs of aging and is more sensitive than the skin on our face, which means we should not only develop a proper chest skincare routine, but we should choose our products wisely. If you’re ready to bring your A-game to your chest, keep scrolling for everything you need to know on why your boobs need a skincare routine.
Why Should I Have a Chest Skincare Routine?
“The skin on the chest is thin and typically more susceptible to aging and sun damage,” Dr. Herrmann explains. “It’s also an area that is often neglected, so it may be prone to more brown spots, texture irregularity, and lines than other areas of the skin that have been taken care of.” What’s more, because the skin on the chest is thinner than the skin on our face, it’s more susceptible to irritants and allergens, which makes choosing the right ingredients just as important as having a routine to begin with.
Also, body positions can cause crease lines in the skin as a result from side sleeping or wearing push-up bras, so it’s important to use products that are tailored to tend to these creases. “When the skin is creased repeatedly over years, the lines tend to become etched into the skin much like facial lines become more visible from continued expressions,” says Dr. Herrmann.
What Skincare Should I Use On My Chest?
So, what exactly can we do to prevent age-related lines from forming on our chests? Sun protection, for one. “Sun protection is important to prevent pigmentation and texture changes,” notes Dr. Herrmann, who recommends liberally applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. And, because the skin on the chest tends to be more sensitive and thin, she says to opt for physical sunscreens (versus a chemical), as they’re less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
For sagginess or those aforementioned crease lines, try products with growth factors and antioxidants to help stimulate collagen and elastin. We’re fans of Booby Tape Skin’s Firming Breast Lotion—the avocado seed extract and bentonite in the formula work to tighten skin and reduce the look of stretch marks.
If you’re a frequent face exfoliator, good news! You can use the same exfoliator you use for your face for your chest, especially if you’re battling the same skincare issues in both areas. For example, if you have acne flare-ups on your chest, exfoliating with a salicylic acid cleanser could help clear up breakouts. If you’re trying to target dullness or texture change, go for an exfoliant that contains AHAs like glycolic or lactic acid. Just be sure to limit your exfoliation to once a week, as overdoing it can dry out your skin.
Finally, if your girls are prone to sweat (in between the folds and all), an anti-chafing, moisture-wicking product like Megababe Bust Dust can be a savior. A blend of witch hazel, vitamin B3, and silica microspheres effectively absorb sweat (before it has a chance to stain your clothes).