Jawline acne, or simply known as the pimples that pop up along your chin or jawline tend to be solid bumps, and treating them correctly (avoiding picking at them), can prevent a temporary blemish from turning into a permanent scar.
Acne can pop up just about anywhere on your body, and one of the most common places to see breakouts is on your face, particularly along the oily T-zone that starts at your forehead and extends down your nose and chin.
In women, hormonal acne is usually found around the mouth, jawline and the chin region, and when it comes to getting rid of it; there is no definitive cure. What works for one might not work for another.
Causes Of Jawline Acne
Under our skin are tiny oil glands (sebaceous glands), that produce the oil that lubricates and protects our skin. The oil produced gets to the surface of our skin through small holes called pores.
When our pores get clogged with dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells, bacteria can grow inside them, which creates swollen bumps called pimples, which can be red in color and solid, or have a collection of white pus at the top. These pimples are known to appear anywhere on our face, including along our jawline.
A number of factors increase oil production and lead to Jawline acne. Such factors like hormones, stress, and medications such as contraceptives, antidepressants, B vitamins, and corticosteroids.
Women are more likely than men to get Jawline acne or acne on the chin. Some women notice more Jawline acne around the time of their period as their hormone levels shift. Jawline acne can also be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in which women have higher-than-normal levels of male hormones and small growths (cysts) in their ovaries.
In men, shaving can sometimes cause breakouts, especially, shaving with a dirty razor. This lets bacteria into the skin, and certain shaving creams and oils can clog pores. Sometimes shaving can irritate sensitive skin, leading to an adverse reaction in the form of Jawline acne.
Irritation from clothing or cosmetics can also cause jawline acne, especially if your skin is sensitive. Other triggers of acne include: using a new face wash or makeup, wearing a helmet with a chin strap or a tight-collared shirt, and touching your chin often
How Preventable is Acne Around the Mouth
Majority of Jawline acne sufferers or acne around the chin region is that it is highly preventable, because, a majority of such incidences can be attributed to wrong cosmetic products including lip balms, sulfate-rich toothpaste, make-up products etc. Women who tend to sleep with their makeup are also more likely to suffer from such acne.
In minor cases, Jawline acne or acne around the mouth and chin region can be attributed to hormones, stress, and other health conditions, which makes it harder to treat and needs an integrated approach.
A dermatologist can help identify the exact cause of the Jawline acne, and one might have to change their brands of toothpaste and/or lip balms and maintain good hygiene. In fact; a regular cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine is of utmost importance for treating and preventing adult acne around the mouth and chin (Jawline acne).
Treatment of Acne Around the Mouth
The skin around the mouth region is rather sensitive, and treating adult acne in this area requires extra care. As stated before, change all makeup products you are using, and opt for hypoallergenic toothpaste, lip balms, and cleansers.
Furthermore, always wash and wipe the mouth and chin area carefully after eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages.
Never touch the pimples and zits around the mouth as this will spread the bacteria causing breakouts in the healthy areas as well, and make sure to remove surface oils, makeup and cosmetics every night using a good cleanser. You can talk to your dermatologist about the right cleansing products.
Use oil-free SPF based moisturizers during the day and avoid excessive sun exposure. Try to have spot-treating acne medicine at hand and apply it on the pimples around the mouth and chin area on appearance.
These treatment products usually contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide and can help treat zits quickly to prevent scars.
Finally, for Jawline acne, Retinol based products have been proven highly effective, as they contain derivatives of vitamin A and can help unclog pores to treat existing acne and prevent new ones. A thin layer applied every night can help reduce existing blemishes while preventing new ones from popping up. Retinol is available by prescription as well as OTC.
It is thus vital that you remain consistent when following a skin care or treatment routine, and make sure you see a dermatologist if this fails to show results.
Additionally, a dermatologist can also recommend the right chemical peels, laser treatments, and oral/topical products to heal and reduce your incidences of Jawline acne.