If you are plagued with chin acne, how did it occur? How can you rid your face of acne that appears on your jawline, chin and neck? In this article, we’ll address acne, including its causes, and how to get rid of it.
Why have you developed acne?
Acne occurs most frequently when dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil mingle together and plug your pores, according to womenshealthmag.com. The bacteria living in your oil glands take advantage of that favorable environment in order to cause or increase acne breakouts.
Acne is most commonly thought of as a teenage problem, but it can affect people of any age. It is especially found on the face. We will focus here on chin acne, along with acne on your neck and jawline.
What is the reason for acne on your chin?
If you have chin acne, you may have a poor diet or food allergies. If you don’t eat a balanced diet or are allergic to some foods, the problem may be in your small intestine, and it eventually leads to acne.
Other reasons for chin acne include:
- Poor sleep patterns
- Too much alcohol or coffee
- Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
When your body does not eliminate toxins properly, this can cause acne around the jaw and chin. To deal with this, be sure to eat a healthy diet, including veggies and fruits, to get fiber in your system.
- Don’t eat right before you go to bed, and make sure you sleep at least 7-9 hours each night.
- Maintain good personal hygiene.
- Get massages to ease nervousness.
- Reduce your levels of stress.
- Use high quality mouth and lip care products.
- Take a supplement with omega 3 fatty acids.
- Drink spearmint tea.
Chin Acne in Adults
Some adult women and men still battle acne, including the breakouts that affect the chin area. According to womenshealthmag.com, University of Pennsylvania research shows that persistent, low-grade acne is common for women in their 20’s, 30’s and even into their 40’s.
Chin Acne in Children and Babies
Children can also be affected by acne. It’s usually called baby acne, and involves smaller, white pimples, on the forehead, cheeks or chin. The area around their pimples is usually reddish. Babies can get acne as early as two weeks old.
Acne on Neck & Chin
Acne on your neck and chin may indicate PCOS, which can affect the lower part of your face. Frequent neck acne may mean that your body is fighting a bacterial infection.
Chin acne and neck acne have various causes, including:
- Poor draining from the lymphatic system
If your lymphatic system can’t get rid of the toxins from your body, they may accumulate, and one of the areas affected is that around your neck, chin and jaw.
- Incomplete personal hygiene
Poor hygiene may make your acne worse, or help it to spread. Allowing a dirty cellphone to touch your neck and chin causes bacteria to build up, and can cause breakouts.
- Imbalance in hormones
These can affect people at various times in life. It happens most often during puberty, for both males and females, and in females only during ovulation, menstrual cycles, menopause or pregnancy.
- Stress-related chin acne
Acne breakouts may be worse if you are anxious or stressed out. The actual link between stress and acne is not known, but they often occur at the same time.
- Using makeup
Lip gloss, lipstick or lip balms may contain ingredients that lead to breakouts under your chin.
- Other causes
- Excessive sweating
- Poor diet
Painful or Itchy Chin Acne
Some people may have painless acne around the chin, but others could suffer from chin acne that is itchy or painful. This includes red, painful, over-sized breakouts from deep within the skin. This is known as cystic acne, according to webmd.com. Cystic acne breakouts include deep pimples that form red, tender bumps, filled with pus.
Itchy or painful acne can occur on the jawline or chin, or it may extend to the cheeks, forehead, neck or other areas of the body. If you have cystic acne, be sure you don’t try to pop the pimples, or you may develop scars.
How to Deal with Itchy, Painful Chin Acne
If your chin, jawline or neck is affected by painful acne, try some of the home remedies below. They can soothe and treat your pimples, and reduce the chance for breakouts in the future:
- Apply a paste made from fenugreek leaves & leave it on overnight.
- Take plenty of vitamins, especially vitamin E, niacin and zinc.
- Apply lemon juice. It has acidic properties that will help reduce the size of pimples, help them to dry out and reduce their chance of spreading.
- Apply a paste made from orange peels to your chin. Leave it on until it dries, and then wash off.
- Rub raw garlic slices on the pimples.
- Use grated cucumber on the area with pimples.
- Follow our further treatments found later in this article.
Prevention & Treatment of Hormonal Chin Acne
Various life stages include hormonal changes that may lead to imbalances of those hormones in the body. These can trigger breakouts, including pimples on the chin. Acne that occurs during ovulation, pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding and menopause is sometimes associated with imbalances in hormones. Diet and stress can also cause your hormones to fluctuate, leading to acne.
Hormone-related chin acne causes pimples that are often cystic, which means they are pus-filled, reddish in color, painful, itchy, inflamed and large. They also tend to take a long time to heal. As they heal, you may be left with scars on your chin from these pimples. Alternately, you may have smaller pimples that aren’t as painful or large as cystic chin acne pimples.
Chin pimples are not usually blackheads or whiteheads, but you may experience whiteheads that don’t break the surface of the skin.
How does acne result from hormone imbalances?
When your hormones are not balanced, your body produces cortisol, which is a stress hormone. As this hormone breaks down, it forms male hormones, including testosterone. This encourages your body to produce more sebum in its sebaceous glands. When your body produces too much oil, it manifests itself in more oily skin and in acne breakouts.
High Testosterone Level Effects on Acne
Testosterone, as we have noted, is a male hormone. If you’re a woman, it’s important that you understand how this affects your body. When you have too much testosterone in your body, in will encourage oil production, and this causes acne breakouts in various areas on the body.
High Levels of DHEA-S
In addition to testosterone, another androgen hormone that causes excess oil production is DHEA-S. This is one of the main causes for stress-caused chin acne breakouts.
Stress can reduce production of female sex hormones, including progesterone or estrogen, or encourage the production of the DHEA-S hormone. Estrogen is especially important in the reduction of breakouts of chin acne.
If you’re a woman, estrogen is what will offset male hormones in your body, particularly testosterone. Estrogen is also among the most potent molecules that fight acne in your body. It fights acne because it (estrogen) increases the sex-hormone-binding-globulins (SHBGs) in your body, according to paleoforwomen.com, and this binds testosterone, making it affect your body less.
Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) can be characterized by restrictive diets and over-exercising. This period causes estrogen levels to drop. That’s why, if you’re female, you may experience hormonal chin acne. Paleoforwomen.com reports that HA is also the main reason why women going through menopause may re-experience hormonal acne that they hadn’t seen in decades.
High progesterone levels have caused hormonal acne, including that found under and on the chin. It causes inflammation when it is present in high levels. A woman’s level of progesterone is highest during menstruation, which is why many women have acne breakouts several days before, or during, menstruation.
Other Causes for Chin Acne related to Hormone Imbalances
- Lack of sleep – This will affect your body’s healthy hormone production, which allows for hormonal acne to heal quickly.
- Low thyroid levels – This will hamper the healing process.
- UV rays – These dangerous sun rays can inflame your skin.
- Heat – This causes sweating, which causes inflammation, and can clog the pores of your skin.
- Stress – This reduces estrogen production and increases DHEA-S. This doesn’t always cause acne, but it can make it worse and slow its process of healing.
Prevention, Treatments and Remedies – Chin Acne
This section deals with the most productive ways to get rid of your chin acne. We’ll cover treatments and home remedies. We’ll also teach you some vital methods for preventing chin acne. Prevention is much better than treatment. That’s why we are mentioning ways to prevent acne on the chin and in other areas of the body.
- Oral antibiotics
When you’re suffering from painful, itchy chin acne, oral antibiotics may help. They aid in the reduction of inflammation. They also control bacteria, which is one of the main causes of acne. You’ll need a prescription for oral antibiotics.
- Hormone therapy and birth control
Some medications for hormone therapy and birth control help to regulate sex hormones, to deal with acne. Choose birth control pills that include estrogen and progesterone. They are of most help if your body produces higher than normal levels of male hormones.
- Acne-fighting medications
There are a variety of medications that will work well to deal with your acne problem. They can help as long as you take the pills every one to two days. You can expect to see results in about five months. It usually clears up the problem for good, but if it doesn’t, you can use the same medication to clear it up again.
- Prescription and OTC lotions, creams and gels
Some over the counter and prescription medications are quite effective in the treatment of chin acne. Choose a product that includes the vitamin A form of retinoid, since they will unclog pores and also ensure that any antibiotics you’re using will have the chance to work properly. Some popular brands include Retin-A, Tazorac and Differin.
- Managing your stress levels
It’s important to get a handle on your stress, since it has a profound effect on acne. Use relaxation therapy to help in managing your stress. Massages and other therapies for stress management may be quite helpful in reducing chin acne.
Some other helpful ways to manage stress include writing, listening to music, meditating and doing yoga. You may also seek help from a professional, to manage your stress.
- Healthy diet
Checking your daily diet is a good way to eliminate some ways it may contribute to your acne issues. Eat a balanced diet every day, including lots of fiber. This is available in green leafy vegetables and most fruits.
In addition, avoid high-sugar foods, and drink plenty of water. You should also stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking and reduce your intake of acidic foods.
- Proper hygiene practices
Be sure that you clean your skin very well. This reduces the building of your body’s natural oils (sebum) that could otherwise clog your pores. A buildup of sebum may trap bacteria in the pores and encourage breakouts. Exfoliating your skin frequently will help you to get rid of dead skin cells, which may accumulate and lead to chin acne, along with other factors.
- DON’T pop chin pimples
It’s vital not to pick at your pimples, or squeeze them and try to pop them. This will only worsen your breakout. In addition, popping pimples can cause infection or scarring.
- Adequate exercise and rest
Your body needs exercise and rest in your daily routine, if you want to clear up your chin acne and prevent it from recurring. Exercise reduces your body’s levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and signals your body to produce endorphins, which help to keep you calm.
- Others methods for clearing chin acne
Relaxing your abdomen will help if you have intestinal issues that contribute to your acne.
Massage will help to relax your body and relieve stress.
When should you see your doctor or a dermatologist?
If you’ve attempted the methods above and haven’t seen success within a few months, contact your physician or dermatologist for additional advice.