Acne rearing its ugly head in the same old stomping ground? Jawline acne and chin acne is very common -- it happens to the best of us. Do you generally have a clear T-zone but it feels like a zit battlefield on your jawline? This article is for you.
In acne mapping, this area of your face is called “the hormonal pattern”. This means it’s thought that jawline acne and chin acne are both caused by fluctuations in sex hormones.
For women, these blemishes might be at their worst during menstruation or the week prior. (Thanks, PMS.)
Often, an increase in excess androgens can be the culprit because this fluctuation can cause an increase in sebum production. If your pores get clogged with excess oil and/or dead skin cells, acne can occur.
Breakouts are common on the chin and jawline because it has the highest sebum production of anywhere else on the face. So, when it goes into overdrive, acne can easily occur.
The idea that diet can cause hormonal acne is not a new one. Researchers believe what you consume can cause acne because your gut health influences your hormones.
So can dairy, which often has hormones, cause jawline acne? Maybe.
Research suggests that for some people dairy milk can act as a trigger for acne breakouts; however, everyone reacts differently.
Is your jawline acne caused by your latte habit? It’s definitely possible. Try switching to plant-based milk for a month and observe any changes in your skin.
So if jawline acne is possibly caused by internal hormonal changes, how can you get rid of it? Here are 7 tips:
Wash your face twice a day with gentle cleansers. This will help keep your oil production under control. Remember to be gentle. Over stripping can make matters worse.
If you’re noticing you’re very oily throughout the day, try oil blotting sheets to soak up that excess.
For moderate acne, over-the-counter treatments like benzoyl peroxide might help.
If you’ve tried it all, it might be a good idea to look into doctor-formulated prescription products. Hormonal acne responds well to the prescription combination of Tretinoin and topical antibiotic Clindamycin.
Use makeup, makeup removers, and lotions that are non-comedogenic. This means it won’t clog pores. Every zit is a clogged pore. Try to avoid it with non-comedogenic products.
Skip cow’s milk for a while and see if it helps your acne. You might turn out to be sensitive to dairy.
If your acne is persistent in this area, it might be time to talk to your doctor about ways to achieve a more stable hormonal balance.
If you’re sick of getting jawline and chin acne, we totally get it.
We work with people every day who are working to get rid of acne of all kinds.
Here at Strut Health, we’ve formulated an acne treatment that works to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay, and kicks dead skin cells to the curb.
If you‘re ready to address your jawline acne once and for all, complete our free questionnaire-based doctor's consultation to see if our formula is right for you. If our doctors find you’re a good fit, we’ll send your prescription right to your door.