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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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