How to Get Rid of Chin Acne
Acne is a condition that commonly affects the facial area, including the chin. The sebaceous glands in the skin create sebum, which coats hair growing from follicles in the skin. When sebum clogs the pores, pimples are produced. According to Dr. Adelaide Hebert at the University of Texas, the clogged pores create an environment that allows bacteria to grow, causing infection in the form of white pus. Pimples can be superficial or deep in the skin. With severe acne, irritation and eventual scars may develop.
Wear clothing that does not rub up against the chin or neck area. According to the University of Michigan Health System, clothing such as turtlenecks and scarves rub on the skin, which causes it to produce more sebum.
Purchase over-the-counter creams or gels that contain benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide in small amounts (about 5 percent) can be purchased without a prescription. Benzoyl peroxide dries up the oils on the chin and reduces acne breakouts. It also destroys bacteria, so your pores aren't infected. Apply a cream or gel one to two times a day when you wake up and when you go to bed.
Go out into the sun for a few minutes. Although too much sun exposure can damage skin, the UV rays dry out oils. The University of Maryland suggests only a few minutes of sun exposure to treat chin acne.
See a dermatologist about stronger medications if your acne produces painful sores or causes scarring. Stronger medications have more quantities of benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol or salicylic acid. These medications are more effective than those purchased over-the-counter. Other prescription medications include Retin-A, which is a topical cream that contains high doses of vitamin A, and Accutane pills, which also contain high doses of vitamin A.
Purchase tea tree oil at a local vitamin shop or whole foods store. Tea tree oil is a natural skin cream that works similarly to benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil is diluted with water and rubbed on the area of infection twice a day.
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