Help! Why do I break out on my chin?

By Elaine

Many people have had the same question: why do I break out on my chin?

The truth is that there are many different factors that play a role in causing breakouts on the chin, including hormones and the skin itself.

Breakouts are a pain to handle, no matter their location.

But it’s an even bigger pain when you keep getting pimples on that one specific place. And you don’t even know why it keeps happening!

Why do pimples seem to think our chin is free real estate, huh?!

The frustration is real when you keep getting acne on your chin.

But knowing more about the problem can help ease that frustration.

So, let’s sort this out.

Why do I break out on my chin? Look at the causes

So, what causes acne on your chin?

Hormones changes are the common culprits of acne on the chin, jawline, and lower cheeks—the “U-zone” of the face.

While hormone changes affect acne formation in general, the U-zone is especially sensitive to these changes.

Okay, but how do hormones changing become angry pimples on your chin?

Well, these hormones—sex hormones, or androgens to specific—stimulate our sebaceous glands.

And what happens when sebaceous glands are stimulated?

They pump out sebum. Technically, it’s their job to produce sebum. But when these glands are stimulated, they produce more than the normal amount.

Excess sebum then contributes to acne formation, joining forces with clogged pores and acne bacteria.

Why do I keep getting acne on my chin?

If you’re familiar with hormones and how they change, you’re probably wondering why you—well out of the hormone surge of puberty—are getting acne on your chin.

Sadly, getting past puberty doesn’t mean you’ve escaped acne.

For women, it’s common to experience acne flares 7 to 10 days before their period. That’s because a lot of hormonal changes occur in menstrual cycles.

Apart from menstrual cycles, the following causes hormonal changes: pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and stress.

Looking at these causes, it’s no wonder women are more likely to experience chin and jawline acne.

Meanwhile, men are more likely to get pimple-resembling ingrown hair along the U-zone. As the hair grows back into the skin (which is why it’s called “ingrown”), it can become red and painful like a pimple.

How can I get rid of acne on my chin?

A major factor affecting acne on your chin is hormonal changes. So, dealing with the hormonal changes will help in your quest of getting rid of those pesky pimples.

Often, a change in lifestyle and medication can help treat hormonal imbalance. Though what you can do for both will depend on your situation.

With the U-zone acne that comes with the hormone changes, well, they can be the most frustrating to deal with.

More than just blackheads and whiteheads, hormonal acne can appear as pimples deeper under the skin. You won’t be seeing any pus coming out of the pimples. They will just appear as deep, painful red bumps.

So, how do we handle these painful pimples?

To manage the acne that comes with the hormonal changes, make sure you have a basic acne routine. That includes a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer, and sunscreen.

This basic routine can help balance your sebum. So, even when hormone changes trigger overproduction of sebum, you’re ready to manage the excess.

Exfoliating and keeping your face clean can also help manage acne.

For moderate-to-severe cases, using over-the-counter products like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can help deal with the persistent blemishes. You can even get a prescription for topical retinoids that not only unclog pores—they also stimulate collagen growth for preventing wrinkles.

A word of caution, though: these products are often very drying. So, make sure you have a working basic routine before introducing these treatments.

What can I do to prevent getting acne on my chin?

Simple things like sticking to your routine and keeping your face clean can help prevent chin breakouts.

If you often touch your chin throughout the day, try to remind yourself not to do so. Having a handkerchief and using that instead of your hands to touch your face can be useful.

Do you constantly pick on your pimples? Using a hydrocolloid patch on pus-filled chin pimples can help you avoid that while also helping drain the pus safely.

Also, if you feel you’ve tried everything, some people have had great luck after going fluoride-free. A dermatologist even advises his patient not to use toothpaste with fluoride. The result: fewer breakouts near the mouth.

What now?

I hope what we’ve covered helps ease your frustration when it comes to chin breakouts.

But I wouldn’t blame you if you’re hungry for more info. There really is so much more to know about acne.

Chances are, your chin isn’t the only place you’re getting those pesky persistent pimples.

So, if you feel you need more help to understand the whys and hows of acne, consider signing up for the daily newsletter where we’ll go deep into all things acne. Plus, if you have questions roaming around inside your brain, you can get them answered by an acne expert.

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