What is chin acne?
Pimples will often go away on their own, but there are steps you can take to prevent and treat them.
Signs and symptoms of pimples on chin
Common signs of acne on the chin include:
Whiteheads and blackheads
These are clogged pores and are the mildest forms of acne. When the pore is clogged, it can either close over the debris or remain open. If it closes, you will see a small white or flesh-toned bump, which is called a whitehead. If it remains open, it will look like a dark spot and is called a blackhead.
Whiteheads and blackheads usually go away on their own but can turn into pimples.
Papules are early pimples. They occur when debris pushes deeper into the skin instead of remaining at surface level. They are small, red bumps that feel hard to the touch.
Acne nodules and cysts
Causes of pimples on chin
Both adolescents and adults can develop acne on their chin. Teen acne most often appears in the “T-zone,” which includes the chin as well as the nose and forehead. Adult-onset acne often results from hormone fluctuations and appears along the jawline. Women are significantly more likely than men to develop adult acne.
Causes of pimples on the chin include:
- Oily skin
- Fluctuating hormones
- Hormone disorders, like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Eating habits
- Certain medications
- Hair and skincare products
Sports equipment and facial masks can contribute to acne and should be washed regularly. Makeup and coarse fabrics can also worsen your acne.
When to see the doctor for pimples on chin
Diagnosing pimples on chin
Your doctor should be able diagnose most acne from a basic inspection, differentiating pimples from other bumps that can appear on the skin.
Your doctor may ask questions about acne patterns and general medical history in order to figure out what is causing the pimples.
Treatments for pimples on chin
Depending on its severity, there are many things you can do to prevent and treat pimples and other breakouts.
Wash your face
Acne treatment starts with clean skin. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Don’t use harsh products or scrub too hard as either can irritate your skin and make acne worse. You should also avoid picking at or popping pimples, which frequently makes them worse.
People who regularly consume soda and other sugary products are a little more likely to have acne than those who do not. The same is true of people who consume a lot of dairy.
Use the right products
If you have acne, avoid oil-based makeup, skincare, and hair care products. Use products with labels that contain one of the following words and phrases:
- Won’t clog pores
Try over-the-counter remedies
The following ingredients can all be found in drugstores and have proven to reduce acne:
Retinoids have proven particularly helpful in treating whiteheads and blackheads. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide may be more effective at treating papules and pustules.
In addition to stronger versions of over-the-counter products, your doctor may prescribe any of the following:
Lasers or light therapy
A cosmetic dermatologist may recommend some version of light therapy to help treat your acne. Focused light can help pimples to heal. These procedures usually take place over multiple sessions in a treatment room.
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