What Your Acne Is Trying To Tell You


Turns out that even before modern dermatological methods were invented, there existed an ancient technique that pointed towards acne as being a symptom for something else going on in your body.

“Our facial anatomy determines the type of skin in specific area,” says Amanda Doyle, MD, a dermatologist at the Russak Dermatology Clinic in New York City. She utilizes the ‘ face mapping’ technique in considering her patients’ cases, and can even tell if it is hormonal acne or aggravated by external factors through the procedure.

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Consider going to the doctor or tweaking a few lifestyle choices if your acne tends to pop up frequently in these areas of your face:

Consider going to the doctor or tweaking a few lifestyle choices if your acne tends to pop up frequently in these areas of your face:


Zits zeroing in on this area might mean that you’re stressed, sleep-deprived, or have digestive or liver issues.
Dr. Doyle said it could also mean your body is having a hard time digesting certain kinds of food, so it would be worth it to find out with your doctor.

Along The Edges of Your Face

Dr. Doyle says it is common for to have acne along your jaw and hairline areas.
“I also think about exogenous factors, such as hair products containing oils and chemicals that can clog or irritate the pores,” she adds.
Try incorporating ingredients that don’t have harsh chemicals to see if there is a change, or have your
You can try switching up your beauty routine for a few weeks to incorporate more natural products and see if you notice any skin improvements. Or, consider having your dermatologist or doctor look at the ingredients in your favorite products (makeup, hair, skincare included) to point out any common irritants.
Clean out your phone every now and then too, as well as workout headbands, hats, or earmuffs; as all these harbor bacteria from sweat and pollutants that you may be transferring onto your skin.

Jaw or the Chin

Hormones are also the most common causes of flare ups in these areas, and there are a myriad of prescription-strength acne medication in the market that can help with these often painful flare-ups.
Hormonal acne is caused by an excess of the male hormone androgen (which includes testosterone), and these hormones can over-stimulate the oil glands and clog pores where bacteria grows. A hormone-related breakout might also occur about seven to 10 days before a woman’s period.


We hate to say it, but your sweet tooth may have a part to play.
Acne in the cheek area can be a sign of high sugar consumption, says Dr. Doyle. Cleaning up your diet and limiting your intake of the sweet stuff may help cheek breakouts clear up.

Your T-Zone

Also known as the parts of your face that get the oiliest the fastest are there are more oil glands here, The T-zone—forehead, nose, and down to the chin region— is most prone to blackheads or whiteheads, meaning clogged pores.
Clogged pores + dirt and bacteria= zits!
Aside from regular exfoliation, also take time to consider your cosmetics.


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