9:45 pm - 02/11/2009

Breast Pimple

Not vagina related, but does relate to the female anatomy.

For the past two days, I have had a large pimple on the under portion of my left breast about the size of a Nickel in circumference. It's red in color and slightly raised. There has been some discharge, but no oder or anything out of the ordinary for a typical pimple.

I believe this is hormonally related since I also have some acne on my chin area as well. I also think it's due to friction with my underwire bra.

I'm not in pain, but there is slight discomfort.

So far I've tried to keep the area clean with soap and water and have gone bra-less when possible.

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to treat it? Is there anything topical that I can apply or can take orally over the counter? ( I'm a 40 year old woman and sometimes and have had acne breakouts such as this around the time of my period or shortly after. So such a breakout isn't too unusual.)

Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
llama4u448 12th-Feb-2009 02:58 am (UTC)
You could try a hot compress to bring it up and then pop it. Make sure you wash you hands before doing this. Afterward put some ice on it to help with any pain/swelling. An advil would also help with the pain and swelling.

As far as regular acne goes, I know it sounds weird but when I moisturize with natural oils I tend to break out less. During winter I use Burt's Bee's res q ointment on my face because its heaver and when it gets warmer I use coconut oil because its light and absorbs quickly. I think regular moisturizers initially moisturize but they also tend to dry the skin out after a while.
mrar 12th-Feb-2009 03:02 am (UTC)
I agree that regular moisturizers tend to dry out skin after awhile, I think this is because the majority of them contain dimethicone which is a skin protectant so it traps in moisture but most moisturizers rely solely on this without actually adding anything to the skin. Because of this I only use dimethicone-free moisturizers, as since they lack a chemical skin protectant they are full of moisture adding products.

Personally I avoid pure coconut oil for anything but my hair (in very small quantities) as it causes me to break out, but I know it works very well for others without causing that problem. However I am able to use moisturizers containing coconut oil on my body without having issues, it's just when I use pure coconut oil that it causes me to break out.
llama4u448 12th-Feb-2009 03:10 am (UTC)
A lot of moisturizing products don't really help. You need to apply them constantly. I just recently switched over to an organic shampoo that doesn't contain any laurel/laureth sulfates and I can tell a huge difference. With my old shampoo I had to use conditioner everyday, but with this I just put coconut oil in my hair once a week and that's it.
mrar 12th-Feb-2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh of course, using a harsh sulfate and heavy moisturizers won't fix the problem. I would never use SLS on my hair, I only wash my hair every 3-7 days with a light sulfate shampoo or unscented castille soap, use a cone-free conditioner and follow with a glob of 99% aloe vera gel and a tiny bit of coconut oil. For the most part I was talking about skin in my post, and it's true that moisturizers do need to be applied frequently to very dry skin, but a dimethicone laden moisturizer won't help if your skin is naturally dry as there isn't much of anything to hold in. When I use cone laden body moisturizers all that happens is my skin feels like it's coated in plastic...and is just as dry as it was without it.
beamishgirl 12th-Feb-2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I think it's a little too big to "pop."

The area surrounding the pimple is also a little red and textured, so I'll try the hot and cold compresses to try and drain it some. Plus an advil couldn't hurt.

Thanks for the moisturizer advice, too!

mrar 12th-Feb-2009 03:00 am (UTC)
I recommend tea tree oil for pimples. You can either use castille soap with tea tree oil in it, buy a tea tree oil astrigent, or put a drop of tea tree oil on a damp cotton ball. Tea tree oil products are generally available at health/natural product stores. You can also use astringents or creams with salicylic acid in them, but I've found that tea tree oil works better for me and doesn't dry my skin out as much.
sickofyourbs 12th-Feb-2009 04:09 am (UTC)
WholeFoods also has a tea tree oil face wash. Great for clearing up any kind of pimple without drying out the skin.
beamishgirl 12th-Feb-2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I was just in Whole Foods tonight. I'll have to check that out next time I'm there. Thanks!
burnbright 12th-Feb-2009 03:04 am (UTC)
does it have a head like a pimple does? can you feel a lump from it underneath the skin?

not to raise alarm, but more for educational purposes: about this time last year, i had something that sounded similar. it became very painful and quite large under the skin. turns out, it was an abscess. i thought it was a pimple at first too, but it wasn't. if it becomes more painful or it's kinda hard under the skin, it might be an abscess and not a pimple.

for either thing, a warm compress is recommended. don't try to pop it if it's hard to do so, only if it's really ready, as in either case you can just complicate things more by causing the infection to go deeper. if it doesn't go away in a few days or becomes painful, see your doctor about it.
beamishgirl 12th-Feb-2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely keep on top of it. If nothing changes by this Sunday, I'll make a doctor's appointment next week. Thanks again!

sdwellington 12th-Feb-2009 03:55 am (UTC)
I get pimples all over my breasts, too. They're annoying and sometimes painful (especially when near the underwire) but mine are just resilient little bitches and won't go anywhere until they feel like doing so. I just wait them out (or sometimes pick, but it's not really a good thing to do!). SOmething that does help though in preventing them is just using a bit of face wash on the underside of my breasts (where I get them most commonly) in the shower.
beamishgirl 12th-Feb-2009 04:07 am (UTC)
I did use some acne face wash, but I honestly don't think it helped. ( I hope it didn't exsaserbate the problem!)

I did have some drainage. Right now I've applied a warm compress and took two advil.

There's a drop in clinic downtown from where I live, so I may pay a visit to make sure there's no infection.

Thanks for your advice and help!
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