8 Problem Areas: What’s Causing your Acne?

Posted on August 24, 2018

Did you know that breakouts in different areas of your face mean different things? If you have a customer or friend with acne, you may want to treat this topic sensitively, but also help them to understand why the acne is being caused. Acne is usually dependent on your hygiene levels and the amount of bacteria or oil you have in the skin, while another cause is stress. When you’re stressed, your skin produces stress hormones such as cortisol, this can stimulate your oil glands to make testosterone, which increases the oil production in your skin and can clog your pores. But what if acne was related to different parts of your internal body?

So what is the underlying cause of acne in different areas of the face?

8 Problem Areas: What’s Causing your Acne?

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The Forehead:

Most forehead pimples are bacterial and are generally related to lifestyle, but can also be related to liver function or stress. Usually acne in this area indicates that more sleep, better hygiene or perhaps an improvement in your diet is needed. To reduce the amount of toxins in your body, you should drink more water, reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and wash your hair more frequently. It could also be stress related or to do with your liver function, if so, you should consider consulting a doctor.

Between your brows:

Pimples here are generally a result of eating too many fats, drinking too much alcohol or can also be linked to a food allergy. Some trans fats can have a negative effect which reduces the amount of essential fats in your body. If you’re getting pimples in this area, it may be a good idea to change your diet or get some allergy tests done.

8 Problem Areas: What’s Causing your Acne?

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The Nose:

Pimples on the nose are associated with your heart, specifically high blood pressure. If you’re experiencing acne in this area, you must increase the amount of Folate, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 in your diet.


The cheeks are connected to your respiratory system so if you’re a smoker, you might experience acne in this area due to depriving the skin of oxygen. The cheeks can also be affected by rosacea, a type of acne that dilates the blood vessels in the skin and causes your cheeks to flush really red. This is usually triggered during really hot or cold weather. Rosacea can only be cured by prescription medicine but ideally if you smoke, you may want to consider quitting.

Sides of Chin:

Acne on the sides of your chin, indicates that you probably have a hormonal imbalance in your body. Hormone fluctuations can be caused by diet, lack of sleep and stress. This leads to an increase in the oil production in your skin. You can decrease this by reducing your sugar and carbohydrate intake, getting more sleep and finding a way to reduce your stress levels, like yoga.

8 Problem Areas: What’s Causing your Acne?

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Bottom of Chin:

Pimples around your jawline and under the chin are likely related to the stomach. Many digestive conditions are known to create issues in this area. To reduce this, it is important to take a fiber supplement after eating.

8 Problem Areas: What’s Causing your Acne?

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As a Beauty Advisors, you know that your customers that suffer from acne are usually more embarrassed or insecure about their skin. Be sure to treat them like anyone else but if it becomes a topic of discussion, perhaps try giving them some advice on what may be causing it. Also be sure to only offer products that don’t have any harsh chemicals in them. We want to help improve their skin, not make it worse.

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By Maddison Mathot.

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