January 15 2020 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Most of us with acne have heard of the T-zone, an area which typically produces more oil and thus, more acne. The T-zone is the area encompassing your forehead and nose. The natural complement to the T-zone is the U-zone, which is the area encompassing your cheeks, jawline, and chin. Unlike the T-zone, this area does not produce an excessive amount of sebum (natural skin oil) unless you have an oily skin type. In people with normal, dry, or combination skin, the U-zone is usually dry which can make pores tight.
Chin acne can however be the result of numerous factors. These can include certain medications, diet, alcohol, stress, allergies, environmental conditions, sleep deprivation, poor skin hygiene, habitual skin rubbing or hand resting, and more. One of the most common contributors to chin acne, however, are hormonal shifts or imbalances. Hormonal fluctuations can occur for a few different reasons, and yes, your monthly period can be the culprit.
There is normally a healthy flow of oil to the surface of your skin to keep it lubricated. But when there’s too much oil, it can combine with other debris on the surface of your skin and clog your pores. It usually occurs in the form of cystic chin acne (large, red sore bumps) or comedones (whitehead bumps that never break the surface) and is caused by increased oil production beneath the skin. Sebum, combined with excess skin cells, creates a perfect oxygen-free environment for bacteria to thrive in the follicle and or pore, leading to inflammation, which ultimately creates acne.
How to Get Rid of Chin Acne
Even though pimples in this case are localized around the chin, they’re addressed in a very similar fashion to breakouts that occur elsewhere on the face. Practical skin care should begin with proper hand and facial skin cleansing with gentle cleansers. Which will help to break down the bonds between dead skin cells, eliminating them from the surface of your skin and dissolving excess oil without disrupting your skin’s pH balance.
How to Prevent Chin Acne
Getting your chin acne under control is often a number one priority, but in order to keep future breakouts at bay, a prevention plan deserves equal attention.
- Cleanse your skin twice daily: It’s the first step of every skin care routine for a reason! Keep dirt, oil, and impurities off your skin’s surface by cleansing your skin twice daily with a gentle cleanser.
- Use non-comedogenic products: If your skin is prone to breakouts that you just can’t curb, look to your skin care products and cosmetics. Swap them out in favor of formulas that are labeled as non-comedogenic. These products won’t clog pores.
- Don’t touch your face: Do you have a habit of resting your chin on your hand while sitting at your desk? This can transfer bacteria and germs to your chin area, which as you can imagine, can wreak havoc. Avoid touching your skin altogether and be wary of chin-strapped helmets and headgear, or clothing that rubs the jawline.
No matter what you do, avoid popping pimples on your chin or elsewhere. Never pick or extract a pimple yourself, because this can lead to infection and the potential for a lifetime with a permanent scar.