Updated 2/22/17. Of all the areas of the face, I would have to say the chin and jawline area is the most common place to get acne—especially in adults. The reason for this is often due to hormonal shifts and imbalances in the body. Hormones stimulate oil production, which leads to the growth of bacteria getting trapped in the pore. This results in a sore, painful pustule or cystic blemish. Many women find they get chin breakouts monthly along with their cycle.
The challenge when treating these types of blemishes is that they don’t usually respond very quickly to traditional drying spot treatments. Since chin and jawline breakouts tend to be cystic (bigger blemishes deep under the skin), spot treatments will simply dry out the surface but still leave you with a bump underneath. Also, since they are large and severe, they can last for 1-2 weeks and leave behind red, dark scars, which linger even longer. So what can you do to help prevent chin breakouts? Read on for my helpful tips.
1. Eliminate dairy from your diet for two weeks. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of substances that don’t agree with your body. In the case of dairy, it is a mucous-forming food and can be difficult for the body digest—which is why many people are lactose intolerant. So when you get too much dairy for your body to digest, it can come out in the form of cystic acne (hard, painful bumps under the skin) on the chin and jawline area. Try cutting out all forms of dairy (yogurt, milk and all cheeses) for two weeks to see if any new breakouts appear. If not, this may be the cause. Why the chin and jawline area? Since most dairy cows are given growth hormones, the consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt become factors that influence endogenous hormones and mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin to ignite the acne process. The body may use the chin and jawline area to remove these excess hormones. There are a greater number of sebaceous glands in the face and since hormones are fat soluble, the body will use these glands as an avenue of excretion for fat-based hormones.
2. Keep your hands off your chin. Since all types of blemishes are related to bacteria getting trapped in a pore, you’ll want to prevent any unnecessary bacteria from getting on the skin. Did you know touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, is making your face one of the dirtiest parts on your body? From resting your hand on your chin while sitting at a desk or table to picking and messing with your skin while deep in thought, it’s important to keep your hands off this area. At the very least, be sure to wash your hands often throughout the day and you’ll definitely want to clean your skin very well at nighttime to remove acne-causing bacteria.
3. Keep your cell phone clean. Like touching your face, cell phones are not the cause of acne, but they can potentially make acne worse due to the presence of bacteria on your mobile device. Be sure to wipe down your phone daily to avoid unnecessary bacteria from getting onto your skin.
4. Only treat the chin and jawline area for breakouts if no other breakout is present on the face. If you mostly get breakouts in the lower region of the face and you start using drying acne cleansers, masks and serums over your entire face, you’re drying out the skin where there is no acne. This makes for very unbalanced, unhappy skin for the upper half of your face. While it may seem inconvenient to allocate certain products for use on the chin, you should have a few products that are meant for use exclusively on the affected areas.
5. Prevent breakouts by using non-drying blemish treatments. There are two goals when dealing with chin acne. First and foremost, is to prevent the blemish from ever appearing. To do this, you’ll want to find a good, non-drying, alcohol-free acne serum that contains salicylic acid. This ingredient is a keratolytic beta hydroxy (BHA) acid famous for its ability to penetrate into the pore lining (far better than AHA’s like glycolic acid) and reduce acne-causing bacteria. By using salicylic acid, you are actually preventing the breakouts from possibly appearing. Of course, all skin types respond differently, but a treatment such as this can be very effective without drying out the skin and leaving it dry and flaky. The reason why a serum is most effective is because it is formulated for use under a moisturizer at night and works over the course of many hours to get deep within the pores. If you’re relying on a cleanser or mask with salicylic acid to make a huge difference, it’s simply being rinsed off and it won’t be as effective (although, it will help remove superficial bacteria, which is still beneficial). I recommend my clients to use BHA Clarifying Serum for three nights on, three nights off alternating with Skin Correcting Serum.
6. Spot treat the blemish to heal it fast—and don’t pick. The second goal when dealing with chin acne is to make a blemish heal as quickly as possible when it appears. I cannot stress the importance of treating your blemishes correctly once one pops up enough. Every move you make will determine how long both the blemish and acne scar will last.
Read: How To Make A Blemish Go Away Fast (Do yourself a favor and read it a few times so it really sinks in.)
If you follow my advice, your blemish will be so much less eventful—and less noticeable! Trust me on this one. As you’ll have read in that post, the Anti-Cyst Treatment and Night Time Spot Lotion are both very effective for healing a blemish rapidly. Also, the Anti-Cyst Treatment can be very effective when used all over the chin area a few times a week to prevent new blemishes from appearing if you find you don’t have success with a salicylic acid serum.
7. Get your pores cleaned out. Contributors to new blemishes can sometimes be older blemishes where the infection didn’t properly purge out (leaving you with small little white-ish bumps all over the chin). These are known as closed comedones or simply clogged pores. They can continue to get re-infected until they are cleaned out. It’s extremely beneficial to get all of those blocked pores cleared out in a professional facial or you can try doing it yourself at home. Either way, clean pores can dramatically prevent breakouts from occurring.
Research other possible causes of breakouts and track your life with a calendar. The causes of breakouts will always differ for everyone. Read: 11 Possible Causes Of Breakouts to see if any of these might be affecting you. Also, consider keeping a calendar of your daily life to see if you find any triggers.
8. Consult with your gynecologist to balance out your hormones. Perhaps you’re on birth control pills and they may be in need of some adjustment or maybe you’re peri-menopausal and your hormones are acting up. Gynecologists are well aware of how hormonal fluctuations can affect the skin and he or she may have some helpful suggestions.
If you’re someone who gets “that time of the month” breakouts, start treating your skin a few days before the start of your cycle. Just before the start of a woman’s cycle, there is more progesterone in the skin causing water retention resulting in the skin appearing more puffy. When this occurs, it puts pressure on the pores and creates a narrower pore lining. Additionally, oil can get thicker because of the imbalance of hormones and increase of testosterone during the pre-period hormonal shift. When you have thicker oil trying to get through a narrower opening, this is creates an environment within the skin where breakouts can now begin. Rapid Response Detox Masque is the perfect solution to use daily a few days before the start of your cycle. It quickly destroys acne-causing bacteria from deep within the pores. For best results, use a gentle facial scrub prior to applying the masque.
If all else fails, consider prescription medication. I always think that prescription medication (especially oral antibiotics) should be a last resort, but if you’ve exhausted every possible option, then this may be another one to try. I’ve also heard that adrenal fatigue can cause acne so look up that condition to get more information on it and consult with your doctor to see if they have knowledge in this area. Getting to the root of the problem is always best.
In summary, acne is a disease of the skin and it’s very hard to find a cure. However, these tips should help you in your quest to get clear skin with less blemishes in the chin and jawline area.
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