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Understanding Your Acne: What the Location of Your Pimples Is Trying to Tell You


Whether you’re 13 or 45—nobody wants to wake up to a zit on their face.

Unfortunately, you may have noticed that acne doesn’t suddenly disappear when you reach adulthood. In fact, as many as 50 percent of women will deal with acne at some point in their adult lives—and the number is rising.

Moreover, if you suffer from adult acne, you may have noticed that the pimples you get are now deeper and more painful than the little white and black heads you dealt with during puberty—and they continually pop up in the same spot on your face.

Based on ancient Chinese principles, a practice called face-mapping can help determine why you’re getting zits based on where they show up on your complexion.

By understanding why pimples are occurring, you can get one step closer to getting rid of them!


On your chin and jawline:

Acne in this area is generally due to hormonal imbalances. This is a very common breakout area for women in their mid 20s to 30s, as womens' hormones shift during this time. 

You may also notice pimples in this area right before or during your menstrual cycle due to the shift in hormones during ovulation.

Birth control, or certain hormone-regulating medications such as Spironolactone, can help with acne in this area, but simply staying diligent with your skincare routine, diet, hydration, and sleep can also help.


On your forehead or around your hair line: 

If you frequently have skin freak-outs on your forehead, there are a few factors that may to be blame: headwear, hair care, stress, or diet. 

Your forehead is linked to your digestive system, so eating lower-fat foods and drinking more water could clear you right up. 

You should also pay attention to if your pimples are showing up in spots where your favorite hat hits—or if you tend to break out shortly after using a new leave-in conditioner treatment or dry shampoo. 

If you want to maintain your mane but don’t want your forehead to suffer, try using a headband to shield your skin from your haircare products. Our Tie-Me-Out Headband was created to help with skincare situations like this one—you can find it in many of our gift boxes.  

Lastly, try to chill out a bit (although we know it’s much easier said than done). Schedule some time for a warm bath or meditation if you’re feeling overwhelmed.


In between your eyebrows: 

Pesky pimples in between your brows could be one of two things: your diet or your eyebrow grooming routine.

If you wax around your brows, try treating this area with salicylic acid to help combat ingrown hairs. You may also want to try sugaring, a hair removal process that avoids inflammation.

If it’s not a waxing issue, your skin might be trying to warn you of a food allergy or intolerance, specifically lactose intolerance. Lots of women who have no major stomach problems eating dairy still breakout after eating some delicious cheese or ice cream. 

In traditional face-mapping, the area in between the brows is linked to the liver—sometimes called the “wine and dine area.” Acne in this area could be caused by drinking alcohol, eating high-fat foods, or dehydration. Try keeping a food journal to see if you tend to flare up right after eating something specific.


On your cheeks:

Have you cleaned your cell phone, pillow case, and makeup brushes recently? If not, these could be the culprits behind the pimples popping up on your cheeks. 

The cheeks correspond with the respiratory system, so smoking of any kind could also be a contributor to acne in this region. Regardless of if it’s causing pimples, smoking has tons of other negative side effects you should think about!


On your nose:

Your nose is linked to your heart, and the surprising way to potentially reduce pimples in this area is to cut back your consumption of meat and spicy foods. 

You should also check your makeup products and make sure they’re not filled with any ingredients that might be clogging all the dilated pores on your nose.


On your body:

Once you reach adulthood, body acne becomes very uncommon.

If you’re still dealing with breakouts in your chest, back, or other areas, it’s likely related to your clothing or topical products.

Specifically, if you work out and wear tight-fitting spandex garments, you may see more acne.

If you’re seeing bumps on your back, it may be your conditioner or other hair products. 

Check your vanity to ensure all of your products are either non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, oil-free, or have “won’t clog pores” on the label. To combat workout-induced bumps, exfoliate these areas 1-2 times a week — Polish to Perfection works just as great on your body as it does on your face. 

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