Can the Location of Your Blemishes Determine the Cause?
What does it mean when breakouts appear on the chin or the cheeks versus the forehead or hairline? While it’s always challenging to truly determine the root cause of any blemish, for some people the location of your blemishes could very well be an indication of the cause.
Chin and jawline. Consuming too much dairy can cause blemishes, particularly cystic acne (hard, painful bumps deep under the skin that linger for weeks) in this area. In Chinese medicine, breakouts around the chin and jaw line are representational of reproductive and hormonal systems. Also, since our dairy cows are given growth hormones, the body may use this area to remove the excess hormones. There are a greater number of sebaceous glands in the face, and since hormones are fat soluble, the body will use these glands as an avenue of excretion for fat-based hormones. Solution: Apply Anti Cyst Treatment when cystic bumps appear to get them to heal quickly. This acne product gives exceptional results and is a favorite of singer, Demi Lovato. Also, try cutting out dairy completely for three weeks to see if cystic blemishes diminish.
Cheek area. Acidic foods, those with a low pH like tomatoes, salsa, and citrus fruits, despite being high in antioxidants, are considered inflammatory foods for the face. Since skin is more vascular in the cheeks (example, rosy cheeks found in fair skin types) the skin can be more reactive and foods that are acidic can cause inflammation, leading to irritation and breakouts. Consider cutting out these foods for three weeks and see if it helps.
Sides of the face. Some people have made it their nightly ritual to slather on a rich hand cream or oil to nourish their dry hands and keep their cuticles looking moist. But what you may not realize is that while those rich oils may do wonders for the hands, they can wreak havoc for the skin if you sleep with your hands pressed on the sides of your face. Skip the hand cream at night (or wear cotton gloves) if you think you sleep on your side. I learned this one through my own experience years ago.
Forehead. Tight-fitting hats and visors (like those worn during exercise) can create an occlusive barrier on the skin where sweat can accumulate and bacteria can grow in the pores, which leads to breakouts. Solution: When removing the hat, be sure to wash with a good anti-bacterial cleanser like AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel with salicylic acid. I’ve also heard from some clients through the years that they determined sugary foods can cause breakouts on their forehead, so that’s something to consider, too.
Hairline. Hair conditioner may be the cause of hairline breakouts. Hair conditioner ingredients, in order for it to attach to the hair follicle and smooth the cuticles, need to be processed and combined with heavy oil-soluble ingredients, since hair is somewhat water repellent. These ingredients can be occlusive and block the pores. After rinsing your hair conditioner out, wash your face afterwards and really concentrate on cleansing this area well to remove any residue. Also, be conscious of not getting leave-in hair conditioner or hair styling products onto the skin.
Tops of cheekbones. This area is where the sun’s rays will naturally gravitate to on the face, since cheekbones are raised and the sun will see them the most. Prolonged sun exposure and damage can make the oil glands atrophy, causing them to not work the way they used to, as well as becoming enlarged. Enlarged pores will cause them to get clogged easier and more bacteria can grow, resulting in small breakouts. Solution: Wear a zinc oxide-based, lightweight, non-pore clogging sunscreen like Daily Protection SPF 30faithfully and reapply during the day by dusting on an SPF-infused mineral powder.
While every skin is different and the cause of breakouts vary due to one’s own body chemistry, this is definitely something to consider in your quest for clearer, healthier skin with fewer breakouts.
"Information courtesy of www.ReneeRouleau.com, a website with skin care tips, products based on nine skin types and advice from skin care expert and celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau."