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What The Location of Your Breakout Means

What The Location of Your Breakout Means

Róisín Lynch

Acne, we’ve all been there.

Acne can be caused by a whole host of things from hormonal imbalances to stress and what kind of diet you have. Did you know though that the location of your breakouts can unveil what might be causing your acne? A breakout in a certain area is linked to issues in other parts of your body. Interesting stuff isn’t it.

Here’s what you need to know about the location of your breakout and what the issue behind it might be.

Cheeks – Your phone and pillowcase might be to blame!

Acne can be caused by internal and external issues. When it comes to your cheeks, typically external sources are to blame. Dirt and bacteria gather on the surface of your phone throughout the day. The same goes for your pillow case and many of us have experienced the effects mask wearing has had on our cheeks and jaw line.

When you put your phone up to your cheek and lay down on your pillow at night, dirt and particles rub off against your cheek. This clogs your pores and the results in a breakout of spots.

How do you stop this? Wipe your phone down with anti-bacterial wipes regularly. Consider investing in a silk pillow or make sure you are regularly washing your cotton pillow cases. And as for masks, try to wash them as regularly as you can!

Jawline – You can thank your hormones

Hormonal issues are typically to blame for jawline acne. The same goes for your chin. It happens as a result of excess androgens that overstimulate the oil glands and end up clogging your pores. This is why you might notice more spots on your chin and jawline just before and while you are on your period.

How to stop hormonal acne? This one is a little bit more complex depending on how significant your hormonal imbalance is. If it is just as a result of regular hormone fluctuations in the run up to your time of the month, try eating a little bit cleaner during that period as well as try to relax a bit more as not to over stress out the endocrine system.

If you have a slightly bigger hormonal issue, try visiting your doctor or dermatologist who can recommend products and solutions that will help combat balance hormones and combat breakouts.

Forehead and nose – oily skin type

A common place for breakouts is your t-zone. Your t-zone consists of your forehead, nose and chin. If you experience breakouts in this area you likely have oily-combination skin. These areas are where oil is most likely to build up on your skin causes breakouts.

Hormones can sometimes play a part in breakouts in this area as well as there is a link between hormone imbalances and increased sebum production (the oily residue on your skin).

What to do? Skincare is the answer for this one! Make sure you are using appropriate skincare that is formulated for oily – combination skin. These products will work to dry up oil residing on your skin and combat the effects of excess sebum production.

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Hairline – Check your hair care!

Yup, you can get acne in your hairline and it’s actually very common! So common in fact, that it actually has it’s own name, “pomade acne.”

Pomades are in thick, often mineral oil-based hair products. This ingredient keeps the natural oil or sebum in our hair follicles from leaving. This results in spots.

If you have noticed spots appearing along your hairline, check your products for pomade and switch to oil-free products instead and wash your face after using hair care products.

Were you aware of the link between the location of your breakouts and underlying issues?

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