There’s something extra agitating about seeing pimples sprout on the chin as opposed to other spots on the face. Although it might seem like a random spot to break out, there are some pretty practical reasons behind it. Hormonal acne in women is commonly found on the chin, and it can be a tricky battle to beat it, but these tips from the experts can help.
Hormones are the most common cause of chin acne in women
While acne on the chin can come from a combination of factors, New York dermatologist Jody Levine, MD says hormones tend to play an especially significant role. “When there is an increase in androgen hormones, sebaceous glands in the skin produce more oil (sebum), leading to clogged pores and acne breakouts,” she explains. Rochester, NY dermatologist Lesley C. Loss, MD notes that this is more commonly seen in women.
Hormonal acne in women is often seen around the mouth, chin and jawline, says Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias. Dr. Levine explains that these areas of the face have “a higher density of oil glands, making them more susceptible to breakouts when there is an imbalance in hormone levels.”
Other potential causes of chin acne
We’re quick to blame chin acne on hormones, and we’re often right, but there are a few other possible causes. Dr. Elias says improper cleansing of the face or using comedogenic products like thick moisturizers can also be culprits. Additionally, Dr. Loss points to a condition called acne mechanica “associated with friction or contact with the skin, such as phone use, leaning on your hands or wearing a chin strap during sports.”
Expert-approved hormonal solutions
The experts are in agreement: hormonal acne tends to be one for the doctors to address. Dr. Elias advises seeing a “board-certified dermatologist who can prescribe oral treatments like Spironolactone or contraceptives or topical treatments like retinoids and Winlevi cream.”
Over-the-counter solutions can include products with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, says Dr. Levine. She adds that some in-office options include chemical peels, lasers or extractions. Lifestyle changes, including stress management and hormone regulation, can also be beneficial, says Dr. Levine.