Acne on My Chin and Jawline
Acne anywhere on the face can be frustrating, but it can be especially irritating when located on your chin and jawline. From blackheads to severe papules, acne on this area of the face gets in the way of when you wish to rest your head in your hand and can even be an indicator of a serious illness. Thankfully, with proper education, you can learn how to treat your chin and jawline acne.
Acne is a skin condition that basically involves a clogged pore, which can become clogged with excess oil and a surplus of dead skin cells. When bacteria gets into the mix, the pimple can become infected and will turn red with inflammation. If not treated, acne can spread and leave scarring that may become permanent. Larger lesions can be painful as well, especially when on the chin or jawline where your hands may tend to rest.
Jawline and chin acne can be caused by a variety of things, including hormones, excess oil, slow to slough off dead skin cells. However, this area is especially prone to irritant caused acne. Your hair touching your skin, your hands touching your face or the chin strap form a helmet can cause irritation. A condition called polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS, a disease that results in cysts on the ovaries and too much testosterone in the body, can be the cause of acne in this area as well for women.
If you are a man or polycystic ovary syndrome has been ruled out as a cause, you can likely help reduce your acne breakouts along the chin and jawline by changing your habits. MayoClinic.com recommends keeping your hands away from your face and wearing your hair tied back away from your face. If you must wear sports equipment, including a helmet, or if you play the violin, be sure to change the chin pads or wash them regularly to prevent the introduction of bacteria into this area.
Treat jawline acne with a comprehensive skin care routine. Wash your face every morning and night with a medicated cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, suggests AcneNet. Follow up with an alcohol-free toner then apply an oil-free moisturizer. If this doesn't work, see your dermatologist for a stronger treatment, including antibiotics or Accutane, which can dry out the excess oil on your skin for good.
Some acne treatments can seriously dry out your skin. To avoid this, always be sure to use a moisturizer following treatment. Likewise, these medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so wear an oil-free sunscreen whenever venturing outside to protect yourself from further damage.
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