If you've ever caught yourself asking "Why am I breaking out?" then you know a pimple is annoying no matter where it appears, but did you know that oftentimes its location can tell you something about your skin? Just as different types of pimples are an indicator of your skin’s health, the actual placement of each blemish can be linked to other issues in your life, from stress and hormones to the environment and even the products you use.
While not every pimple can be linked to one specific situation, many times getting consistent blemishes in a certain area is an indicator of something larger that could be causing a breakout. Want to know more? Keep reading to learn what your breakouts are trying to tell you about your skin.
If you’re getting breakouts along your hairline and forehead, you can most likely blame your hair products. The gels, sprays, and creams you use in your hair can often contain pore-clogging ingredients like silicones and mineral oils. When your hair constantly touches your face, it deposits those ingredients on the skin, potentially causing whiteheads.
Solution: Identify which products are linked with your skin breaking out. This can be done by eliminating products from your routine and seeing if you notice a change. Be sure to wash your face at least twice a day with a pore-clearing cleanser like the Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment.
Jawline & Neck
Many times, especially in women, cystic breakouts on the neck and jawline point to acne caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Some studies have shown that this type of acne is not limited to the jawline and neckline, however, when blemishes frequently appear in that area, especially around your period, chances are good it’s hormones.
Solution: There’s not much you can do to prevent this type of acne due to its cause, however, there are some options to help minimize the severity and length of the breakout. Our Cannabis Sativa Seed Herbal Oil Concentrate can help soothe skin and visibly decrease redness. It’s made specifically for problem skin to help calm and re-balance skin with hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Oregano Oil.
The cheeks are an area that’s very prone to breakouts for a wide variety of reasons, everything from your genetics to your hormones to the products you use. One common issue that could be causing cheek breakouts is contact with dirty surfaces like a cell phone or makeup brush that hasn’t been properly cleansed. As it keeps coming in contact with your skin, it deposits those germs and oil that have accumulated on its surface onto the surface of your skin, where it might possibly cause breakouts.
Solution: Always wash your makeup brushes with soap and water, wipe down your phone screen with sanitizing wipes, and keep your hands away from your face. To further protect your skin, try using an acne lotion that delivers hydration and acne-fighting ingredients, like the Breakout Control Acne Treatment Lotion. This 1.5 percent Salicylic Acid acne treatment is a great choice for papules and pustules as its clinically demonstrated to diminish acne breakouts and refine surface texture with a formula that also can help control oil production and hydrate and soothe skin.
Forehead, Nose & Chin
Also known as the T-zone, this area is the oiliest part of your face, making it prone to the clogs that cause whiteheads and blackheads. That oil, coupled with dead-skin build-up, can lead to inflamed pimples that can be painful and cause hyperpigmentation.
Solution: Use oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizers like the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream and be sure to exfoliate regularly to prevent dead surface skin cells from accumulating and blocking pores. Our Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask is a detoxifying pore mask that eliminates debris and the surface skin cell accumulation that can clog pores.
Chest, Back, & Butt
If you often wear tight clothing while you work out or are sweating, you might be giving yourself something called acne mechanica. This is a type of acne caused by friction on the skin. Couple that with trapped sweat in pores and an increase of bacteria and you have a recipe for body acne.
Solution: Try wearing looser clothes and sweat-wicking fabrics during your exercise routine. Once you finish your workout, immediately change out of your clothes and wash skin with a gentle body wash to remove any dirt, oil, and sweat that’s on the surface of the skin to prevent it from clogging pores.
Remember, just because you are breaking out in these areas doesn’t mean it is exclusively caused by the aforementioned issues. These are just general guidelines — be sure to visit your dermatologist to help accurately diagnose what may be causing your acne blemishes in your specific case.