Do you have regular breakouts on your chin? Here’s what it really means

Published on: 7 March 2022, 23:26 pm IST

Chin breakouts are often a result of your menstrual cycle. But are you dealing with constant breakouts in the area of the chin? If so, these are the causes behind it.

Aayushi Gupta
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Find out all about chin breakouts. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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There are many things or mistakes that can trigger pimples and breakouts! But have you ever dealt with a chin breakout? If that’s the case, dealing with it can be annoying. While chin breakouts are a sign of your Aunt Flo’s arrival, there are many other things that can contribute to such a condition. Want to know about all of them? Well, you’re at the right place then!

Health Shots reached out to a renowned dermatologist, Dr Nivedita Dadu, who is also a Founder and Chairman of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, to understand the various causes of chin breakouts and to find the solutions!

Causes of pimples on the chin

Acne is often caused due to clogged pores. Pores are usually clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and grime, and when bacteria get trapped in the skin pores, it causes inflammation, leading to the appearance of pimples.

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Hormonal fluctuation is responsible for chin pimples. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

On the other hand, hormonal acne occurs first around the mouth, chin, and jawline. These are hormonal acne that comes and goes throughout the menstrual cycle. The breakouts commonly appear during the ovulation or just before the period begins.

Besides the menstrual cycle, what causes a chin breakout?

Apart from the menstrual cycle, these are the reasons behind your constant chin breakout according to Dr Dadu:

1. Pregnancy

Other hormonal reasons for acne in the chin can be pregnancy, birth-control pills, and puberty stages for some. While if the chin acne comes more than often, it may indicate that the person is dealing with severe PCOS.

2. Obesity

It could be due to thyroid and polycystic ovaries or even obesity.

3. Insulin resistance

The other important cause is an increase in insulin growth factor, excess dairy consumption, change in skin microbiome or PH.

4. Poor hygiene

Bacteria and poor hygiene are the most common reasons for chin acne, even a poor diet can cause such acne, as the acne on the chin is related to the small intestine and indicates the build-up of toxins.

How can chin breakouts be treated?

Simple tips to treat chin acne, according to Dr Dadu are:

1. Antibiotics

Orally, both antibiotics and the oral contraceptive pill have been found to be effective in managing children’s acne. Topically, retinoids and a combination of benzoyl peroxide with adapalene, or Azelaic acid creams are the best to treat chin acne. Their bacteria-fighting properties clear and unclog pores while controlling the production of excess oil in the area. This ensures that the pain and inflammation are reduced and your pimple heals faster.

2. Ice massage

Chin acne can be quite painful, applying ice over it will reduce the inflammation and redness. However, do not apply the ice directly onto the skin, wrap the cube in a cloth and place it on the spot for a few minutes. Do not apply too much pressure as it can irritate the pimple further.

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Apply ice to your face right away! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Avoid scrubbing

Avoid using harsh facial scrubs that can tear the surface of the skin and thus cause further inflammation. Avoid loofahs, scrubs that have walnut shells, sea salt, or sugar as their core ingredient.

Also, read: Spot the difference between salt and sugar scrub to exfoliate right

4. Ditch makeup

Makeup may be great at hiding pimples but it can also make the situation worse if it is not removed properly once its purpose is over. Get rid of every trace of makeup before sleeping. Use makeup remover and follow it up with a gentle cleanser.

5. Avoid touching

Avoid touching your face. Your hands are dirty and touching leads to more bacteria on your face. It might also be tempting to pick and pop those pimples but that is actually more harmful.

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