• 02Jul

    Do you always break out on your chin? Or maybe acne always seems to crop up on your cheeks or your T-zone.  There are reasons you might be breaking out in one particular area over another.

    I hardly ever had acne or pimples in my teenage years right until now.  Every once in a while, a pimple will pop out on my chin.  When I kept having acne only on my chin some 18 years back when I was in my late 20s with my weight shooting up from 43kg to 48kg in just two months, I knew it was a red flag.  An ultrasound scan by my Ob & Gyn revealed that I had PCOS, a hormonal imbalance disorder.

    Hormones, diet, poor hygiene, stress, or an underlying issue with an internal organ are all factors that could trigger breakouts in a particular spot. Great skin often starts from the inside-out. One of the places through which your body rids itself of toxins, illness, and stresses is its largest organ — the skin.

    The method of using the location of acne to inform treatment and prevention is called face mapping.  Face mapping is a great place to start with finding the possible causes and solutions of those pesky breakouts on your forehead, cheeks, chin and T-Zone.

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    Forehead
    If you frequently wear hats, the friction from the fabric could be to blame.  The acne may also be a result of using heavy hair-care products like conditioners or leave-in treatments that can clog pores around the hairline

    Quick Fixes to Get Rid of Your Forehead Acne

    Another possible culprit here is stress. If you have exams coming up or rushing to complete for a project, for example, it might be a good idea to incorporate acne treatments like salicylic acid into your routine to help control potential breakouts.  I love using Melaleuca pure essential oil (Tea Tree oil) to control and treat breakout on my chin.

    Also, to avoid making things worse, lay off the chips and candy.  Your forehead is linked to your digestive system. Reducing the amount of fat in your diet and stepping up your water intake could help.

    Nose
    Your nose is linked to your heart and cutting back on meat and spicy foods could reduce breakouts here.  You could swap spicy foods with foods with “good fats” like nuts, avocados, fish, or flaxseed.  Also, since this area is chock full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiration date or does not contain pore-clogging ingredients.

    In Between the Brows
    This is the zone where food allergies show up first.  Lactose intolerance is a possible factor as is a diet rich in foods that are difficult to digest like fast food.

    Cheeks
    When did you last clean your phone or makeup brushes? If you’re experiencing breakouts in this area, it might be time to give them all a good cleanse.

    Because this area also corresponds with your respiratory system, smoking cigarettes is a definite no-no (for many more reasons than just pimples, too).

    T-Zone
    If you’re getting breakouts in the T-zone area, think oil and stress. A large-scale study of 160 male high school students in Singapore found that high stress doesn’t have an effect on oil production, but it can make acne more serious.

    Another study, published in the same nonprofit journal Acta Dermato, found that people who woke up tired were more likely to have acne as well.  So, it sounds like stress and sleep start a vicious cycle with acne. If you notice a pattern, try to practise good sleeping habits.  That is why you often hear women stress that they need their beauty sleep to get beautiful flawless skin and to feel good.

    Chin and Jawline
    This could be a sign that acne is due to a hormonal imbalance. Birth control or spironolactone (which decreases testosterone levels) are both effective treatment options.  While hormonal changes can be unavoidable, you can decrease the effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies, and keeping skin squeaky clean.  Stay off stress too.

    The Ears
    Because this area is associated with the kidneys, breakouts here could be a direct result of dehydration.  Drink lots of water and avoid carbonated and caffeinated beverages.

    Here are some ways to keep pimples away:

    • To help prevent the oil buildup that can lead to acne, wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser.
    • Don’t scrub your face. Scrubbing can actually make acne worse by irritating the skin. Wash gently, using your hands instead of a washcloth.
    • If you wear makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen, make sure they are “oil-free,” “noncomedogenic,” or “nonacnegenic.”
    • When you wash your face, take the time to remove all of your makeup.

    • If you use hair sprays or gels, try to keep them away from your face because they can clog pores.
    • If you have long hair, keep it away from your face and wash it regularly to reduce oil.
    • Baseball caps and other hats can cause pimples along the hairline. Avoid them if you think they are making your acne worse.
    • Wash your face after you’ve been exercising and sweating a lot.
    • Try not to touch your face.
    • Don’t pick, squeeze, or pop pimples.
    • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
    • Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day
    • Exercise and sweat it out to remove toxins from your body
    • Lastly, try to stave off stress from consuming you
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  • 15Oct

    My mil roasted some peanuts several days ago and I have been nibbling on them. After 2 days, zits started to appear on my chin and forehead. The Chinese say that peanuts are very ‘heaty’ and may cause zits but some people say it’s only a myth. I really do think peanuts are ‘heaty’ and whenever I eat too much, I can be rest assured to see zits popping up on my face. If you are a peanuts lover too and if these nuts are causing you zits, click here to get help!

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  • 30Sep

    For almost 2.5 years during the hiatus of my menses, my hormones were rather calm. Now that my menses has resumed again, those raging hormones are wrecking havoc in my body again at different times of the month. I would have some zits on my chin and forehead towards the time of the month when I am about to get my menses. But fortunately those zits are not serious and I don’t need acne treatmentjust yet!

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  • 14Feb

    During my 3 pregnancies, I did have that glow on my face like some women would have. Though I was still slim except for the belly, my face had acne outbreak during the first trimester. I dared not apply OTC pimple cream like Oxy 5 on my face and only relied on toothpaste to treat the pimples. I dabbed a small dollop on the pimples and within 2 days, the pimples would dry up. The down side of using toothpaste is that it will make your skin sting and dry up your skin, making it red and ‘withered’. Nonetheless, I still used toothpaste as it’s safer than using OTC pimple creams with potent ingredients in them. I figured that if it’s safe to put into your mouth, it’s safe for your skin too.

    I read that you can also use tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar (ACV) instead as they won’t dry the pimple out as much.

    If you want to use toothpaste to get rid of pimples, look for a true toothpaste, not a gel, and if you can, find one with minimal additives. Natural or organic toothpastes are a good bet, since they usually have a short ingredient list. Apply a small dab to the acne spot in question, leave it on overnight, and rinse in the morning.

    Avoid popping pimples, no matter how tempting it is (sometimes I can’t resist popping them too!), because you can actually make the situation worse by causing a deep infection with your fingers that may have germs.

    Here’s an article on treating acne with toothpaste from acne.about.com :

    Toothpaste is often thought of as an inexpensive spot treatment for pimples, but this is one home remedy you don’t want to try. Although some swear toothpaste dries up their pimples quickly, most people will find the toothpaste leaves their skin red and irritated.

    The idea to use toothpaste as a spot treatment is probably due to the fact that many types of toothpaste contains triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient often added to personal care items like soap, deodorant, and body wash. Triclosan effectively kills bacteria. It is actually a common addition in acne treatment products, although as a preservative and not an active ingredient.

    But toothpaste also contains ingredients that can irritate the skin, especially the delicate skin on the face. Using toothpaste on an already inflamed pimple can cause more redness and irritation. Many unfortunate souls say toothpaste burns really badly when applied to a zit, and leaves the skin feeling sore for days afterward. Bottom line: Toothpaste can make your pimple look worse instead of better.

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  • 13Feb

    From my personal experience, the best ways to keep those zits and acne at bay are to drink lots of plain water (water flushes out toxins from your body), eat lots of fresh fruits that are high in vitamin C, get enough sleep, keep your skin clean, exercise, move your bowels everyday, pop Vitamin E, eat a healthy diet and keep stress at bay (though this is difficult at times!). Thank God I am blessed with a flawless skin and don’t have to rely on anti-acne creams like proactiv to beat the zits.

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

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