If you suffer from acne on the chin and jawline than you are not alone. In fact you and many others between the ages of 25-55 years of age are suffering from the same type of acne. The good news is that there are ways to treat it, however first an important step in treatment and prevention of chin and jawline acne is to understand what causes it in the first place.
A few things that seem to trigger chin and jawline acne in women in their thirties are the stress of everyday life and changes in hormones. Acute stress triggers oil glands in your body which then secrete more hormones causing acne to breakout.
Another thing that could be possibly making your chin and jaw breakout is if you have the habit of resting your hand on your chin. Resting your hand on your chin or jawline causes excess dust to clog the sebaceous gland pores and then makes it more susceptible for bacteria to enter which then leads to acne formation. Touching your face a lot can also result in the same type of cause and effect.
Another common cause of chin and jawline acne occurs when the area becomes irritated by things touching the affected skin, such as wearing a bicycle helmet, or your hair touching your skin. Sometimes conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome in women can also be the cause of acne outbreaks.
Repeatedly touching objects and then letting them come in contact with your face can cause acne on and around your chin and jawline as well. For instance when laying your head on a pillow or using a cell phone frequently. Washing these items regularly with alcohol pads or disinfectant wipes can be helpful in removing bacteria and reducing the chance of acne forming. Wash and change your pillow cases every two to three days for best results.
Some cosmetics have been shown to irritate skin if it is already affected with acne. If this happens to you then it would probably be best to wash cosmetics off before bed, and also to switch to cosmetics with all natural ingredients. So ladies, the next time you go to the store to buy makeup, opt for the organic lines of mineral makeup, your face will thank you later!
What you can do to reduce acne
Besides seeing a dermatologist and treating your acne with topical medications and/or antibiotics some things that you may want to consider are adapting healthy habits such as exercising daily or getting a proper night’s rest. Maintaining a healthy diet and keeping stress to a minimum can also be beneficial. When you are feeling good about yourself on the inside, you will feel better and look better on the outside as well. Good health and a relaxed mind can go a long way in the treatment and prevention of acne, as can keeping a positive attitude. A healthy body and mindset will help keep skin looking healthy as well and should help to reduce acne.
A few other tips when trying to keep acne under control are to keep your hands away from your face, or wear your hair tied back from your face if you have long hair that likes to get in the way. If you play sports or an instrument such as a violin be sure that you change the chin pads, helmets, or chin rests or wash/wipe them down on a regular basis to prevent the buildup of bacteria from forming in these areas.
Washing your face every day and night with a medicated cleanser or with warm water and a mild soap can prove to be beneficial. Just make sure that you are not excessively washing as that can lead to further irritation or dryness of the skin and lead to more outbreaks. Using cleansers that contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can be most effective in treating acne on the chin and jawline. If this doesn’t seem to work make sure that you see a dermatologist or update your dermatologist on this so that they can find you a stronger and more effective treatment.