Acne anywhere is a nuisance, but chin and jaw acne particularly so. Every time we flash a smile, it’s hard not to wonder if someone is looking at that giant zit resting below it!
Chin and jaw acne is often not the same as the typical acne we get on other areas of the face or body. “Hard pimples,” or pimples which tend to be raised, and more solid (not to mention stubborn) are the types of pimples most commonly found along the chin and jaw.
Hard pimples can form just under the skin in the same way regular acne does: dirt, oil, and dead skin cells clog pores, and voila, we get a pimple. The problem with hard pimples is they often take longer to come to a head, expel the pus which collects in the pimple, and disappear.
The fact that they’ll sit there longer makes them tempting to try to “pop” or pick at, but whatever you do, don’t! Hard pimples can be more likely to create a permanent scar from what was originally just a blemish.
Many factors contribute to the growth of acne, but chin and jaw acne tends to be more common in women due to the increase in male hormones produced during and around the time of their period. In addition to hormones, chin and jaw acne can be caused by some medications such as antidepressants, corticosteroids, and birth control. It can also be caused by good old fashioned stress.
Hard pimples on the chin and jaw may be more stubborn to get rid of, but usually should be treated in the same way as regular acne. Below are five ways it can be treated effectively.
Use a gentle cleanser, like LaFlore® Live Probiotic Cleanser, twice a day.
- LaFlore® cleanser is excellent for all skin types, and it removes excess oil and dirt gently but effectively.
Use Natural Ingredients.
- Natural ingredients like tea tree extract, aloe vera, or zinc, among others, can also be effective in the treatment of acne.
Get Regular Facials
- Regularly seeing your Esthetician can help ease flare-ups and help you safely extract and treat these areas.
- Nutrition plays a key role in maintaining healthy skin. Try cutting out things like sugar, alcohol, gluten, and dairy to see if this helps ease inflammation and clear up your skin.
See Your Derm
- Non-drug treatments performed by your dermatologist, such as laser treatments or chemical peels.
Acne on the chin and jaw may be a nuisance, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent resident on your face. Our line of Live Probiotic Skincare, when used as directed, was designed to eliminate the bacteria that causes breakouts. Your skin is left healthy and blemish-free- which is certainly something to smile about!