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Chin Acne Causes Types, Cystic and Tips to Treat It


Most people think that acne is all about having pimples on the face but a person with acne also gets:

Inflammed, painful, red chin acne
Inflamed, painful, big, red chin acne 
  • Pustules: also referred to as pimples. They are small blisters that contain pus.
  • Cysts: closed sac like structures. They may contain liquid, semisolid material or gaseous material.
  • Whiteheads: appear as small and round white bumps on the skin. They appear when dead skin and skin secretions clog pore areas and pore openings.
  • Blackheads: small bumps with a black or dark surface that are caused by clogged hair follicles.
  • Papules: a small, raised pimple or swelling that often forms part of a skin rash. It’s typically inflamed but does not produce pus.
  • Nodules: abnormal tissue growth that develops just below the skin.

Acne is a persistent and common problem that cuts across all ages. A recent study titled “The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older,” that was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, shows that a good number of adults continue to get acne even beyond their teen years. The study also discovered that women tend to experience acne at higher rates than men in all age groups. This is due to the role played by hormones in acne development. The acne problem however does reduce after teenage years and post-adolescent acne is moderate or mild.

Lindsey Blondin, a lead esthetician, says that the skin is the largest organ the body uses to rid itself of illness, toxins and stresses. She encourages face mapping which is a method of using acne location to inform on treatment and prevention.

Why do you get chin acne? 

Dr. Doris Day, a certified dermatologist, says that chin breakouts are mostly caused by hormonal patterns. “Sometimes it’s women who stopped taking hormonal contraceptives, or it sometimes develops after the teen years as an adult form of acne.”

1.Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalance could be the reason especially if your chin acne appears during menopause, pregnancy, periods, menopause or puberty. This is the reason why pimples around your chin occur a few days before your periods and disappear after they end.

2.Food allergies or poor diet

Food allergies or poor diet could also be the reason your chin acne keeps reappearing. Pimples on the chin due to diet and food allergies can be associated with problems with the small intestine.

3.Poor lymphatic drainage system

This means that your body is not able to get rid of toxins. When these toxins accumulate they cause pimples around your chin, neck and jaw areas.

4.Poor Hygiene

Poor hygiene can cause chin acne. It could also lead to the spread from one skin area to another. Avoid:

  • Touching your skin with dirty cellphones. For example, when you take a call holding your phone with your chin and neck so as to continue doing other tasks.
  • placing dirty instruments played by mouth on your chin.
  • spreading oils, dirt and bacteria by touching your chin with dirty hands
  • Use of makeup that contains ingredients that encourage breakouts on your chin.

5.Other chin acne causes

Other causes include:

  • Stress
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Nervousness
  • Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA)
  • Drinking too much coffee or alcohol alcohol
  • Having little sleep
A chin with acne
A chin with acne 


There are two types of chin acne: hormonal and cyst.

1.Hormonal acne

This is caused by an imbalance in the levels of hormones like testosterone, estrogen and androgen. They naturally fluctuate through a monthly cycle and when there is an increase or decrease, the skin produces more oil. Overproduction of the oils causes congestion around the chin which leads to acne. These breakouts occur both in men and women of all ages.

How to treat hormonal acne

Hormonal acne appears in form of whiteheads, blackheads, small pimples or cysts.

a)Hormone balancing

Hormone balancing treatments are needed. Use of generic products may not work since the cause of acne is systemic not external.


This are plant-based hormones that occur naturally. They treat hormonal acne without having to get into the bloodstream. A safe way to treat chin acne caused by hormones is by incorporating phytoestrogens into skincare regimens. The phytoestrogens regulate oil production, balance the skin and eliminate bacteria. They are derived from reproductive parts of plants like grape seeds, red clover, soybeans, flaxseed and several berries and nuts.

c)Use natural products

To take care of your skin, use natural organic products (especially those with phytoestrogens). All-natural ingredients will not trigger infections, are not harmful and do not cause irritations. They also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.

2.Cystic acne

This are large, red painful breakouts in the skin. Cystic acne may linger for years and therefore needs to be treated. If left untreated, it could affect large areas of the skin leaving permanent scars.

Cystic acne happens when a bacterial infection caused by clogged skin, gets deep into the skin. This creates a tender red bump full of pus. The bump is itchy and if it bursts can lead to more breakouts caused by the spread of infection.

Hormones called androgens play a huge part in causing cystic acne. It’s also hereditary in some cases.

How to treat Cystic Acne

Here are some of the ways to treat cystic acne on your chin


Exfoliate every day to rid the skin of old cells and eliminate clogging of bacteria

b)Using probiotics

Probiotics are the good bacteria, which help in digestion and promote the health of your gut but can also benefit the skin. Roshini Raj, a certified dermatologist explains that, “we’ve always understood that our digestive health can impact our entire body—everything from sleep and energy to overall body inflammation and immunity—and especially our skin.”

There has to be a balance between the good and bad bacteria on your skin. Skin care products infused with probiotics help balance the skin’s flora.

“When you wash your face, especially with harsh cleansers and soaps, you are removing both the good and bad bacteria from your skin,” Dr. Raj says. “Any disruptions to the balance of bacteria—too much bad—leaves skin susceptible to skin irritations such as dryness, inflammation, and infection.”

Probiotics can also be used orally to help regulate levels of bacteria throughout the body.

General tips on how to treat chin zits

  1. Wash your face twice a day (morning and evening)
  2. Use mild cleansers or soaps with warm water. Do not use harsh exfoliating scrubs.
  3. Do not pick, scrub or pick your pimples to avoid inflammation.
  4. Wear sunscreen daily.
  5. Avoid products that clog your skin pores like heavy makeup.
  6. Apply only a little amount of acne products. Applying more than is necessary can make the skin dry and increase irritation.
  7. Avoid stressful situations since elevated levels of stress could lead to breakouts.
  8. Use hormone controlling medications like birth control pills. They decrease testosterone and androgens which cause breakouts.
  9. Avoid medication that can cause acne like antidepressants.
  10. Exercise regularly and drink lots of water.


The myth that acne runs its course over time is not true. Failure to treat acne leads to problems like dark spots and permanent scars appearing on the skin as the acne clears. Constant acne also lowers one’s self esteem and could lead to depression.


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