Acne occupies the top spot in the list of skin-nightmares for most of us. There’s so much panic and discomfort surrounding acne that it makes us jump headfirst into anything that’ll offer an instant fix. But, instant fixes aren’t permanent solutions. If you want to eliminate acne breakouts completely, you have to understand the underlying cause and fix that instead. Different types of acne showing up on different parts of your face are indicators of a bigger issue.
So, what are your acne trying to tell you? Let’s find out.
Acne on the Hairline:
- Product build-up, along with sweat and dandruff. The oils and chemicals in your shampoo, conditioner, hair serum along with the makeup residue could be accumulating on the surface and clogging up the pores.
- Issues in the digestive system.
- Wash your hair regularly and thoroughly. Limit hair product usage. Keep your forehead clear of hair – pin it back, tie it up or tuck it behind your ears. As always, check the ingredients in your hair products that could be harming your skin. Cleanse your face every single day. Make sure every bit of makeup from even the sneakiest corners of your face is off. Do a deep cleanse once or twice a week.
- Increase fluid and probiotic intake. Add herbal tea and fennel to your diet.
Acne on the Nose:
The Problem: Breakouts and redness around the nose could be a sign of poor blood circulation, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
The Fix: Make sure you’re getting enough exercise. Include yoga and meditation into your daily regime. Focus on foods like nuts, chia seeds, avocados, whole grains, bananas, green leafy veggies and sweet potatoes.
Acne on the Cheeks:
The Problem: Do you spend a lot of time talki ng on the phone? When was the last time you changed your pillowcase? Did you know that our phone screens harbour more germs than a toilet seat? Over time, our phones and pillowcases become home to oil, sweat, dirt and grime, which eventually transfer onto our skin. The result? Acne Mechanica – acne resulting from materials touching your face.
The Fix: If possible, switch to earphones when speaking on the phone. Make sure you clean your phone’s screen every few hours. Go to bed with a clean face. Wash your pillowcases every 3-4 days, but avoid using fabric softener, bleach, etc. Use pillowcases made from natural fabrics, as these breathe better and transfer less oil.
Acne on Chin & Jaw:
The Problem: Acne on the chin and jaw could be a result of hormonal imbalance, caused by menstruation, pregnancy, PCOS or increased androgen levels. This imbalance causes inflammation, increased oil production, clogged skin cells and bacteria production.
The Fix: Studies suggest eliminating refined sugar, processed foods and dairy, and adding probiotics to your diet. Use non-comedogenic skincare products. A major trigger of hormonal acne is stress. When you’re stressed, you don’t eat, sleep or move well. There’s a spike in your hormones. All of this results in acne breakouts. Exercise regularly. Meditate. Manage your stress. Consult a dermatologist for hormonal treatments that target this imbalance in a direct and more effective way.