What Does your Acne Mean?

Forehead Acne


Acne appearing on your forehead is often a result of your body’s inner workings. Things like dehydration and stress heavily impact the appearance of your forehead. If you are consuming a lot of alcohol or coffee, you are depriving your body of the hydration it needs and are likely to see smaller bumps appearing along your forehead. 


This can likely be fixed by drinking more water. Things like stress and anxiety also disrupt your body and can lead to breakouts on your forehead. Try bringing de-stressing methods into your daily routine, such as taking a hot bath, remembering to do stretches and breathing techniques throughout the day, and allowing yourself down time.


T-Zone Acne


Our t-zone is where our body has the most oil glands and is the most acne-prone. This area can range from your forehead to your chin, and includes the area around your nose and mouth. Acne in this area can develop when excess oil and dead skin cells meet. In order to prevent & treat acne in your t-zone, you need to make sure you are using a good exfoliator and cleanser combo.


Hairline & Perimeter of Face Acne


Acne appearing along your hairline and on your temples is usually an indicator that your skin isn’t fully clean. This is often a result of leftover product not being completely washed off. It is quite common for shampoo and conditioner to run down onto your skin, for the edges of your face mask to not be fully washed off, or to not use your cleanser / face wash fully to the edges of your face. 


Make sure that whenever you are cleaning your face that you do so all the way to your hairline, as well as down to your jawline and upper neck. Leaving any areas unwashed will result in dirty skin and can lead to blemishes and breakouts.   


Cheek Acne


Acne on the cheeks can develop for a variety of reasons. The first common reason is hormonal acne, for which it is best to see a dermatologist. It is quite common for this area to break out around the time of a menstrual cycle, but if the issue persists, then there may be some hormonal balances occurring.


The second reason you might be seeing acne on your cheeks is diet. Oftentimes excess amounts of dairy can upset your skin and cause acne along your cheeks and jaw bone. Pay attention to what you’re eating and see if there is any correlation between certain food groups and your skin. 


The third reason you may be experiencing acne on your cheeks is bacteria. Think about all the things your face comes in contact with in 24 hours: your hands, your phone, your pillow case and covers, your face covering, etc. It is crucial that you are making sure to wash your face in the morning and evening, and that you keep your face coverings and pillow cases clean. 


Chin Acne


Similar to the cheeks, acne on the chin can be caused by imbalances in your body and in most female cases is hormone related. Hormones called androgens stimulate excess oil production in these areas, and lead to clogged pores. We recommend using a face wash that targets oils and is made for acne-prone skin. If you see hormonal acne persisting, see a dermatologist. 

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