We have all gone through the motions of dealing with pesky acne by trying different ointments, medications, and home remedies for some relief. Just when you least expect it or when you’re trying to make a good impression, you wake up with a large pimple that’s impossible to hide. It happens to the best of us, some more than others. It doesn’t help that most people who have acne are in their teens, already dealing with other pressures and problems. Even though dealing with acne can make you feel like you stand out, it’s actually very common. Millions of people suffer from acne and its symptoms on a daily basis. Some people just hide it better than others.
When it comes to acne, it can either be a short-term problem that clears up fairly quickly, or a chronic condition that settles in for years. Dealing with chronic acne can be a struggle because there are times that it feels like your skin never clears up. Even if you do everything right and diligently follow a skincare routine to reduce its appearance, you still wind up with acne that’s difficult to get rid of. While this situation can be stressful and frustrating, to say the least, the good news is that acne can be managed. With the right medication, lifestyle changes, and consistency in good health practices, you can manage your acne and make it a thing of the past. Here are some reasons why you might be breaking out in acne on your chin.
10Too Much Oil
Starting off with one of the most obvious reasons, your skin may have too much oil around your chin area. When there’s a buildup of oil on your skin, one of the thousands of pores on the surface become blocked. With a blocked pore comes a pimple. This is the most common cause of acne. The presence of oil is actually necessary for healthy skin, but too much oil can have the opposite effect. Although your pores can become clogged because of dirt, makeup, or any other debris, oil produced naturally by the skin is the most common contaminator. This oil is readily produced, so poses the most threat.
It’s also important to note that your chin falls in the ‘T- zone’ of your skin. The ‘T-zone’ is the part of your face that includes your forehead, nose, and chin. The proximity of these features resembles a T shape, hence why it’s called the ‘T-zone.’ In the ‘T-zone’ of the face, there’s a higher amount of oil glands, which increases the chance of having a blockage with dirt or oil in the pores. If your skin is particularly oily, this might be where the problem lies.
Removing some of that oil in this area can help you stop breaking out in acne on your chin. There are many over-the-counter medicines you can use to keep the oil levels down. Whenever you try a new face product, make sure to give it at least four weeks of use before deciding to continue using it.
9Dry as a Desert
While having too much oil is a problem for the skin on its own, having not enough hydration is another issue. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have very oily skin, but instead struggles with dry skin, lack of moisture may the culprit behind your acne. It’s obvious that the buildup causes irritation, but lack of moisture does something similar. This is because of two main reasons. For one, your skin is the largest organ in the body. Secondly, your body is made up of mostly water. When your body doesn’t have enough water to stay hydrated, it affects all organs, including the skin. Your skin functions as a release point for things that your body doesn’t need, like sweat and excessive oil. If the body doesn’t have enough water, the skin lacks the nutrients it needs to function properly. With a large number of toxins leaving the body via skin every day, if there’s any form of deficiency, it slows down the process. All of that leads to your skin not doing its job of releasing toxins properly and getting backed up and irritated. Once the irritation starts, you start breaking out in acne on your chin.
The good news is that drinking water isn’t the only way to introduce more moisture into the skin. You can use different creams and gels to rehydrate and boost the nutrients in your face. Taking away excessive oil is important, but giving a little moisture back is also necessary.
Sometimes, our problems with acne start somewhere deeper. Acne can be caused by a variety of things, but one of the main causes is a hormonal imbalance. Although both adults and teenagers suffer from acne, it’s more common to see the symptoms in teenagers. Teenagers are going through the time where their bodies naturally create a wide variety of hormones. Different hormones are produced and the body struggles to maintain order in the system. This time of fluctuating substances leads to wacky pH and nutrient levels in the bloodstream and in the body overall. On top of that, this situation remains constant for an extended time through the long years of teenage life. Lengthy periods of imbalanced hormones are the perfect recipe for acne production.
People think that acne stops when you become an adult, but you’re not quite in the clear yet. Your body is still considered to be changing and growing until the age of 25, so if you’re experienced breakouts, you can still chalk it up to hormones until then. To combat these imbalanced hormones, you can take prescription medicines at your doctor’s discretion. These medicines help to produce more of one type of hormone, providing a bit of a balance and helping your body settle down. When everything is in check hormone-wise, your skin won’t be as susceptible to acne breakouts. As with any acne-related medication or treatment, you need to use it for at least a month before you can expect to see results.
7Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
On the topic of hormones, one condition that millions of women face is a polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. Acne is one of the symptoms of this condition, along with a few other main issues. Hormones play a big role in how we look, from our appearance to our weight, especially in PCOS. PCOS refers to a hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body. During this condition, the female’s body produces excessive androgen, or male sex, hormones. With not enough estrogen, or female sex, hormones, this imbalance leads to an infrequent or prolonged monthly period. While the high levels of androgens make ovulation difficult, the presence of tiny cysts on the ovaries also cause trouble to the period. This symptom is coupled with the fact that the woman may experience male pattern baldness, hirsutism, and severe acne. There’s currently no set treatment for PCOS, although steps can be taken to manage the symptoms. If you’re worried that your acne could point to something deeper, consult your doctor on being evaluated for the polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Your doctor can prescribe medications to increase the estrogen levels in your blood, allowing for a regular period and natural detoxification of the body. With a normal amount of each type of hormone, your acne is likely to go away on its own. As PCOS has no cure, it’s a lifelong condition that many women face. Maintaining a healthy weight and following a good diet plan are also ways to combat this condition and reduce its symptoms, including your acne breakouts.
6Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
A common theme in acne found along the jawline and chin area is that it’s usually caused by some kind of hormonal problem. Yet another form of hormonal imbalance that could be the cause of you breaking out in acne on your chin is congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This term refers to a group of disorders that are hereditary and have one similar symptom of acne appearances. These conditions are more uncommon and makeup just a small portion of the people who suffer from acne. People who have a congenital adrenal hyperplasia condition have a problem with their adrenal glands. Their adrenal systems produce either too much or too little of sex hormones, and these sex hormones call the shots on whether or not acne forms. Whether you have too much or too little of a certain hormone, the end result of acne and other symptoms is likely the same. Acne that forms along the chin and neck area could point to one of these conditions.
Because this is an uncommon disorder compared to your average case of acne, a formal blood test is needed to determine if one of the disorders of congenital adrenal hyperplasia is present. If you have one of these conditions, it’s likely that a topical ointment for your acne won’t really help you. The pimples might go away for a bit, but return again because the root cause is something deeper. In that case, your doctor can prescribe medicine that handles the hormone imbalance itself.
This may seem redundant at this point, but there’s one more cause for breaking out in acne on your chin based on hormones. Your period. Welcoming your period every month means you also have to deal with the imbalance of hormones during that time. An incoming period is a perfect storm to get your acne roaring, and it doesn’t help that it comes on a monthly basis. Every month, a female’s body prepares for the presence of a bun in the oven by increasing the lining of the uterus. More often than not, there’s no baby, and that means all of that extra lining’s got to go. Enter the period.
When the body is working to increase the lining of the uterus, it also increases certain hormones. Just before the period starts, the body produces high levels of progesterone. Progesterone does great in building the lining, but it also leads to higher levels of water retention. Without the usual amount of hydration in the skin, the pores begin to shrink, making it difficult to expel the usual amount of oil. On top of that, the actual oil your body produces get thicker as well, making it even easier to clog those pores. More hormones, less water, and thicker oil all make for the perfect acne breakout before your period starts. If this is the cause for your breakout, you can prep your skin a few days before your period starts by using a scrub and hydrating masks.
4You’re Stressing Yourself Out
You’ve probably heard about the many negative effects of stress on the body. Not only does it get you worked up mentally, but stress inadvertently works your body out physically, too. You feel worried and tired, but haven’t actually done anything. Unfortunately, stress can translate into more acne as well. Not only that, but your bodily functions suffer overall when you experience high levels of stress. Regardless of the type of organism, whether it’s plants or animals, they just do not function well under chronic stress.
It all starts when you start to stress out. Your body’s natural response to stress is to release a substance called cortisol. Cortisol manages the stress in your system but also suppresses your immune system. High levels of stress also increase oil production by your skin. You can probably tell where this is going. With more oil available and your protective immune system down, acne fighting agents in your body are not working. The oil continues to build up, and eventually gets clogged in your pores. So, stress and acne are actually related. While it’s easy to get stressed out, it’s important to remember that stress does little to help the situation. Sure, in a fight-or-flight kind of scenario, high levels of stress lead to a boost in adrenaline and actually help you. But stress isn’t fast and furious; it’s a slow burn. Taking time to relax and step away from the things that stress you is a good way to manage your acne.
3You Are What You Eat
Another cause of acne on your chin could actually be your diet. At this point, you probably understand that acne along the chin area occurs mostly because of hormonal imbalances. Food is our main source of nutrients. What we eat goes directly into our body and affects our bloodstream. A poor diet does little to supply the body with what it needs to function optimally. If your body has a weak immune system, your skin is more likely to get irritated and infected. Without the proper nutrients, an ordinary pimple that was going to heal in a few days takes a few weeks to heal now.
While there’s still no direct connection between the food we eat and acne, there’s no denying that a healthy diet can prevent many ailments people face. Reducing the amount of dairy in your diet may help your body. Dairy is a big part of many people’s diet, so taking it out seems like a daunting task, but is helpful. Dairy products actually contain a certain hormone that increases the chance of inflammation in humans. More chances for inflammation lead to more instances of inflamed skin and longer healing periods to get back to normal. Additionally, you can benefit your skin and your diet overall by increasing the consumption of leafy greens and vegetables filled with fiber. Making these and other healthy choices in our foods is the first step in creating a healthy system for our skin and, as a result, reducing the appearance of acne.
Stress is not only limited to an important event coming up. You can put stress on your body by having a poor diet, not getting enough exercise, getting an injury, and not sleeping well. While you may not mind pulling an all-nighter once or twice, consistent sleep deprivation negatively affects your health. The lack of sleep puts a strain on your system and increases stress levels. Again, this stress relates to hormones. In response to the stress your body is in, it releases cortisol into your system. Cortisol does its job, but in the process, takes a hit on your immune system. The low immune system means less effective in preventing infections and inflammation. This leads to a greater chance of you breaking out in acne on your chin.
While the lack of sleep affects many different parts of your mind and body, you can see a physical representation of the damage on your face. You’re more likely to break out in acne when you haven’t gotten enough sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, try making a bedtime routine in which you shut off all electronics at least a half hour before you need to be in bed. This keeps those bright lights away from your eyes and lets your body know that it’s time to sleep now. Taking care to sleep at least eight hours every night is just as important as eating a healthy diet and exercising and can reduce the appearance of acne.
1It’s Your Favorite Hoodie
Turning your attention to something a little different, you might be breaking out in acne on your chin because of your clothing. Clothes that are worn close to your body, especially your face, could be the reason you’re breaking out. Things like sweaters, hoodies, scarves, certain hats, turtlenecks, coats, and other jackets could all be behind your chin acne. Essentially, your skin is irritated by these clothes for one of a few different reasons. It may be because you’ve never worn that type of cloth before. Remember, irritation means an easier way for acne to form. On the other hand, it could be because you’ve worn the clothes so much that the residue they’ve collected is starting to work against your skin. Finally, if you recently switched your brands, your skin might be irritated by the new soap. If your clothes are the cause of your acne, you can probably tell that within a few times of wearing them.
In the case of cloth type, try switching out the material and see if the problem persists. You can test out different jackets or sweaters to see if certain ones irritate your skin with extended use. If you know your skin isn’t sensitive to a certain type of cloth, just washing it should get the components out that is irritating your skin. As far as detergent goes, you’re going to have to switch back to your old brand or keep experimenting to find a different one that doesn’t bother your skin.
If you’re breaking out on your chin, it’s likely being caused by a hormonal issue. However, you shouldn’t rule out the many other reasons that acne is caused. Genetics, skin type, oil production, and just your overall body health, in general, all play a role in how your acne affects you. Even acne cases among family members are unique and respond differently to treatment options. There’s no single cause and there’s no single solution to this condition.
You would think that with the millions of people who have acne, there would be a sure-fire way to cure it. However, the situation is different with every person, and that’s part of the reason why there’s no foolproof method of reducing acne. It may take a few tries to find the solution that works for you and your skin, but consistency is important throughout. Figuring out where you mostly get your acne breakouts on your face is an important clue of understanding why you’re breaking out. Keeping track of this information is helpful when you want to see a specialist about your skin. Additionally, you can keep a record of the methods that worked best for you and what didn’t work at all. Whether you use prescribed medicine, over-the-counter products, or just some good old home remedies, find what’s effective for your case of acne and stick with it. You can develop your own treatment plan based on your experiences, and you may even be able to guide someone else who’s struggling with acne as well.