Even when you take good care of your skin, a pimple on neck can pop up. Though they’re most frequently on your face, pimples can develop anywhere on your body.
Dealing with a pimple on your neck can be frustrating unless you know exactly what you need to do to take care of it. The more you know about pimples, the easier it will be to make sure your skin stays clear from breakouts. And, when pimples do appear, you’ll know how to handle them.
What is a pimple?
A pimple is an inflamed area on your skin. Usually, pimples are caused when a pore becomes clogged with oil and dead skin and the bacteria naturally found in your pores leads to a minor infection. This is why pimples often look like swollen, red bumps on your skin.
Pimples occur more frequently during puberty because the hormonal and chemical changes happening in the body cause excess oil and other changes to the skin. These changes lead to more frequent inflammation and breakouts. It’s common for pimples to occur on the face, but they can occur anywhere on the body.
Can pimples be prevented?
Sometimes pimples happen and there’s nothing you could have done to prevent them. But there are things you can do to help reduce the chances that you will develop pimples on your skin.
- Wash your skin daily with warm water and gentle soap. Washing your problem areas, like your face and neck, with warm water and gentle soap will clear your pores of dirt and bacteria, which can reduce the chances of pimples developing. Remember to wash your neck whenever you wash your face.
- Use a moisturizer to keep your skin from developing excess oil. Your skin produces oil to keep your skin from getting too dry. Using a moisturizer will keep your skin from producing too much oil to compensate. Make sure to moisturize your neck when you moisturize your face.
- Wash make-up off your skin before bed every day. If you leave make-up on your skin overnight, it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Since you put makeup on your neck to blend it into the makeup on your face, make sure you wash the makeup off your neck, as well.
- Visit a dermatologist regularly for check-ups and to address any potential problems. By visiting a dermatologist regularly, any potential problems can be identified more quickly so they don’t cause breakouts or other health concerns.
- Drink plenty of water. Keeping your skin hydrated, just like when moisturizer is used, will keep your skin from producing extra oil to compensate.
- Avoid greasy junk food. Your skin reflects what you consume. If you eat healthy, your skin will be healthy. If you eat food that’s not good for you, your skin will be less healthy.
- Exfoliate your skin regularly. Even when you wash regularly, buildup remains on the skin. Using a gentle exfoliator approximately once a week will help eliminate some of the residual buildup on the skin and clear your pores to prevent pimples. Like washing, make sure you exfoliate your neck as often as you exfoliate your face.
- Minimize your stress levels. You may not be able to completely eliminate stress, but if you find ways to keep your stress levels to a minimum, your skin will be healthier and pimples will be less likely to develop.
How are pimples on neck treated?
Most pimples on the neck can be easily treated at home. The key is to reduce the inflammation and then clean the area to get rid of the bacteria and dirt that led to the pimple in the first place. There are many over-the-counter products designed to spot treat pimples. Most of these have ingredients, like salicylic acid, that reduce the pimple and eliminate the bacteria causing the inflammation.
Using soaps and lotions that contain these ingredients can help treat pimples on the neck when they arise. When you buy products in the store, make sure you look at the ingredient lists carefully, especially if you have any allergies.
If you want to use more natural products, consider aloe vera or witch hazel. Both of these are frequently used to treat acne. Green tea and tea tree oil are both also effective for treating pimples. These products can be applied to the pimple to treat it. They may also be more gentle for people with sensitive skin since they are natural ingredients instead of synthetic or chemical-based ingredients.
When you are treating a pimple on your neck, be sure to follow any instructions that come with your products. Be patient. It’s unlikely that the pimple will disappear overnight. Give the treatment time to work on the skin. Many products give you an idea of how long it will take to treat a pimple or breakout.
Believe it or not, exercise is another good way to treat pimples. Exercising helps regulate your hormones. When breakouts come from hormones, like during puberty, regulating those hormones through exercise can help ensure that your skin stays clear. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym for major cardio every day. Just taking a gentle walk a couple of times a week is a good start.
When should I seek medical attention?
Even though most breakouts can be treated easily at home, there might be cases in which you need to seek medical attention for a pimple on your neck. Here are some signs it might be time to make an appointment with your dermatologist:
- The products you’re using aren’t working to reduce the inflammation. If over-the-counter products aren’t working, you may need something stronger. A dermatologist can give you prescription-strength products to hit the pimple harder.
- You develop additional symptoms, such as a fever, with breakouts. If you develop additional symptoms, the pimple may be a sign of something other than just a pimple.
- The size of the pimple continues to increase and/or the redness worsens significantly. The increasing size of the pimple and worsening redness may be a sign that an infection is spreading.
- The pimple is extremely painful to the touch. Like the size of the pimple or the development of a fever, extreme pain to the touch may be a sign that an infection is spreading.
- You have persistent breakouts that never seem to go away (instead of occasional breakouts that you can manage on your own). One pimple on your neck is different from persistent breakouts. If you have persistent acne, you may need to get help to get it under control.
- You have rosacea. Though rosacea is usually redness on the face, it can present with cystic acne. If you develop acne and already have rosacea, it’s a good idea to check in with your dermatologist.
Is there anything else I need to know?
There are a few things you should not do when dealing with pimples on your neck or elsewhere on your body.
- Do not pop pimples. When you do, the bacteria that led to the pimple can be spread, which makes more pimples occur on your skin. It may be hard, but it’s important to treat your pimples without popping them.
- Do not use other people’s prescriptions. Even if they have something that worked well for them, don’t use it without getting your own prescription from a dermatologist. Everyone is different, so you need to find a prescription that works for your needs.
- Pay attention to triggers in your life so, if possible, they can be avoided. For example, some people are intolerant to dairy, which causes them to break out in acne. By recognizing this trigger, dairy can be avoided, which prevents breakouts.