Chin Acne Treatment

Do you suffer from unsightly pimples on the chin that just won’t go away? Stubborn Acne on the chin, or anywhere else for that matter, is embarrassing enough when you’re a teenager but when it continues into adulthood it can be the cause of even greater embarrassment and frustration.

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But rest assured, it’s only ordinary acne and it can be cured. Like all acne, chin acne is caused when the pores in the skin become clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells and can become more severe when bacteria invade the clogged pores and begin to multiply inside.

Hormones play a major role in the creation of acne as they cause a reaction which triggers the release of excess oil from the skin which is why acne is more prevalent during teenage years. But hormones in women can continue to play a part in the creation of acne in later life too; in the days leading up to periods or during pregnancy.

The chin is particularly prone to outbreaks of acne because not only does it naturally produce more oils than other areas of the body, but it is also an area of the face that tends to come into contact with our hands more often making easier for dirt and bacteria to enter the pores, so frequent washing of the hands and the chin can be an essential first step in reducing chin acne.

Using makeup to cover chin acne may also just be aggravating the problem so avoiding the temptation of applying too much, or any, makeup to the affected area for a while will help speed up the healing process. Also, if you wear your hair long, your hair coming into daily contact with your chin may be a further cause of the transfer of oils and dirt so tying back long hair will also help.

Chin acne, like all acne, can be treated on the surface by using creams and ointments that clean the pores and kill the bacteria. Such treatments generally include benzoyl peroxide and Salicylic acid which are ideal for the short term, surface treatment of acne but can, in the long term, lead to flaky skin in the treated area.

A longer term treatment, along with good hygiene and avoiding excessive touching of the chin with your hands, are treatments that contain Pantothenic Acid or vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 actively prevents the sebaceous glands from producing too much oil without completely stopping the essential function that they perform for your healthy skin and it effectively treats the acne from the inside.

For most people, a combination of treatments can be the sure fire way to beat chin acne both on the surface of the skin and beneath in the sebaceous glands that produce the oils and it always helps, of course, to avoid fatty foods too.