Why Do I Have a Breakout on My Chin?
Your chin breakout may not be as random as you think. Find out why you have a breakout on your chin and learn how to eliminate chin acne fast!
The real problem occurs when your chin’s high concentration of oil glands starts producing far too much oil, resulting in clogged pores and a nasty breakout along your chin. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell what’s contributing to your breakout. From hormones to bad habits, there are many reasons why you could be having trouble with pimples on the chin.
Here are three things that all men should know about chin breakouts:
- Random breakouts on the chin can be caused by hormone fluctuations, chin straps, poor washing habits and excessively touching your face.
- Getting on a regular skin care regimen can help reduce your chin breakouts.
- Acne treatments using Salicylic Acid are an effective way to eliminate chin breakouts.
Chin acne can be hormonal. Although teenagers are especially prone to chin acne due to changing hormones, men can also experience hormonal fluctuations due to changes in their diet.
For instance, the production and secretion of the hormone insulin is diet-dependent. Eating sugary foods and other empty carbs can quickly spike the production of insulin, which can trigger oil glands on your chin.
If you think that your diet might be to blame, you can always try eating a low glycemic diet. In a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that a low glycemic load diet reduced acne lesions in those with severe acne (see claim: “The improvement in acne and insulin sensitivity after a low-glycemic-load diet suggests that nutrition-related lifestyle factors may play a role in the pathogenesis of acne.”)
Touching Your Chin Unconsciously
Many of us don’t realize that we touch our faces throughout the day, whether out of boredom or concentration. This doesn’t cause chin breakouts exactly, but it can trigger them.
Your hands contain a staggering number of bacteria that you encounter each day. This bacteria and can be transferred to your chin and make the area more prone to breakouts.
Some men also have a habit of touching their chins when they’re feeling stressed. This is a double whammy to your chin acne because stress can trigger your oil glands to work in overdrive and worsen your acne.
While reducing your stress is no simple task, you can do something about your hands. Being aware of where you rest your hands may help reduce the likelihood of future breakouts.
Not Washing Your Face Properly
If you already have a daily skin care routine, then you’re already doing your chin acne a huge favor. However, just be sure that you’re not missing your chin each time you wash your face.
Although you might be good about washing your face, it’s easy to miss certain spots on the chin. Gently wet your face and apply a gentle men’s facial cleanser using circular motions all around the chin and jaw. Don’t forget to follow up with a daily moisturizer with SPF afterwards to nourish and protect your skin.
Wearing a bike helmet or another garment that causes friction and heat on your chin can make you prone to breakouts. Acne as a result of heat, pressure and friction is known medically as acne mechanica.
If your chin breakout is a series of small, red bumps, this could be acne mechanica. However, the solution isn’t to toss your helmet aside and forego safety precautions. Instead, be sure to clean your helmet regularly with warm water and soap.
If you wear scarves that touch your chin, remember to give them a good wash every so often as well. Note that you may need to handwash your scarf to avoid ruining it.
The Key to Taming Your Chin Acne
Most acne is caused by excess oil and bacteria, and chin breakouts are no exception. To eliminate your chin breakouts quickly, you need a powerful acne treatment system with Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic Acid is a powerful beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that stimulates natural exfoliation to remove the build-up of dead skin cells and bacteria. According to a 1992 research review published in Clinical Therapeutics, Salicylic Acid effectively reduced the number and severity of acne lesions in patients with fewer reactions compared to Benzoyl Peroxide (see claim: “…salicylic acid pads reduced the number of primary lesions and thereby the number and severity of all lesions associated with acne.”)
Unlike other skin care companies, we put Salicylic Acid in our Acne Cream for men—not our face wash. After all, why would you want to wash off the active ingredient in your skin care product?
To clear up your chin breakouts, try one of Tiege Hanley’s Acne Systems for men and let us know what you think by commenting below!