What does pimple placement indicate?
While acne can appear all over the face, back, neck, and chest, certain spots can be indicative, or at least suggestive, of what the issue might be.
If you notice you’re breaking out a lot along the hairline, on the forehead, and on the temples, Shah says your hair products may be the culprits, causing what she calls “pomade acne.” If blemishes tend to appear on your cheeks, she suggests cleaning your makeup brushes and phone, as dirt that collects on both can certainly be the root of your cheek-based woes.
If you’re suffering from body acne, Shah explains that your post-workout routine can be the cause. Not removing your damp or tight (or both) clothes and failing to cleanse the skin after breaking a sweat at the gym can cause a body breakout, so be sure to hop in the shower and change into looser clothes after you finish up.
When it comes to the jawline area, breakouts can sometimes be linked to hormones—and when it comes to hormonal acne, it’s something that tends to pop up in adult females, even if they didn’t have acne in their teenage years. “Suddenly, they develop deep, cystic acne, usually in the lower face, jawline, or neck. It typically appears cyclically, usually right before or during the start of a woman’s period,” explains Palm. While traditional acne therapy can be used to treat that, she suggests opting for both topical and oral medications to help combat the effect of hormones. “Oral birth control pills with combined low-dose estrogen and progesterone are often helpful,” she says.
However, it’s not just our hormones or bad hygienic practices that can cause constant breakouts, it’s also what we put in our bodies. “Acne, in general, may represent a hormonal issue, as well as a nutritional issue,” says Goldenberg. “These may manifest as any type of acne, but the likelihood is higher as more severe acne types.” Shah explains that high glycemic foods, dairy products, and whey protein are known culprits of nutritionally triggered acne.