I vividly remember when the quarantine period started, I had a lot of acne on the chin and jawline. No matter how much salicylic acid product or spot treatment I used, the zits just won't budge. Plus, the pimples were huge and painful. I asked friends and teammates if they experienced the same, and most of their answers were yes.
After much research and several online derma consultations, I found out that the breakouts on my jawline were hormonal acne. I just started taking my birth control pills again (I go on three-month breaks, in case you were curious), and I was anxious and stressed about everything that was going on in the world. I shared this ~intel~ with my friends and they also said that they were super stressed, too. Quarantine skin is a thing!
If you're suffering from the same condition, here's everything you need to know about acne on the chin and jawline, plus how to get rid of them.
What types of acne do we usually see on the chin and jawline?
The common types of breakouts we see on the chin and jawline are whiteheads, blackheads, and painful cystic acne.
What are the things we can do to treat acne on the chin and jawline?
Whiteheads and blackheads can be manually extracted and treated with topical anti-acne products. On the other hand, cystic acne needs professional attention since it has an inflammatory component. Doctors usually recommend pimple injections, but if you can't get one right now, there are things you can try to calm them down.
Acne on the chin and jawline: Home remedies
Just to be clear, these are just things you can do to soothe the angry zits. These are temporary solutions that may provide relief.
Rub ice cubes.
The cold temperature can help calm down the redness and inflammation.
Stick a pimple patch on the inflamed spot.
Pimple stickers can conceal the zit while helping it heal.
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Wash with a sulfate-free cleanser.
If you're having a hard time getting rid of zits, your cleanser may be too harsh for your skin. Try one that's made without sulfates.
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Use potent spot treatment.
Grab one with salicylic acid—this ingredient is well-known for its zit-zapping abilities.
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Acne on the chin and jawline: Treatments
Hormonal acne is not something you can self-medicate, so it's important that you consult your doctor to check for thyroid and other internal issues. There are also instances when PCOS triggers hormonal acne—you need to ask your OB-GYNE for professional advice. Dermatologists, of course, also have recommendations that can help treat the stubborn pimples.
Topical derivatives of vitamin A, aka retinoids, will help improve your skin condition. Retinoids can help renew skin cells. control sebum production, and treat acne. Dr. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce Clinic discussed everything you need to know about this star ingredient here.
Birth control pills
If you have PCOS, your doctor may prescribe you BC pills to help manage your body's hormonal production.
Isotretinoin helps control sebum production and eventually treat blemishes. Dermatologists prescribe this to patients with severe acne. Dr. Vicki Belo also talked about the effects of this drug during the 2019 Cosmopolitan BeautyCon. (You can watch her skincare tips here!)
One woman tried seed cycling to get rid of her hormonal acne. It calls for eating two tablespoons of raw seeds every morning, which were rotated depending on the phases of her menstrual cycle.
Acne on the chin and jawline: Important reminders
Besides the treatments and remedies, changing some of your lifestyle habits can help.
Never pop your pimples.
If you squeeze a zit, the pus will spread out on the area which can worsen the problem. This may also lead to ugly scarring.
Trim your fingernails.
You may not be aware of this but we frequently touch our faces, especially the chin and jawline. Aside from keeping your hands clean at all times, trimming your fingernails short can help prevent germs from being transferred to your face.
Relax and take your time.
It was mentioned early on that stress can cause acne on the chin. It may be hard at first, but you have to really learn how to chill and stop worrying about things you cannot control.
Brooke Castillo of The Life Coach Podcast emphasized the importance of taking charge of your own thoughts to avoid stress. According to her, it is our reaction to situations that causes us stress and not the situations itself. It's all about managing our mindset. You can listen to this episode for more info.
Aside from mindset management, you can practice self-care activities that aren't necessarily beauty-related: Cleaning your space, reading your favorite book, or watching your favorite series will help calm you down.
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