Pimples can be annoying! But they are not particularly dangerous. If you have huge pimples on your chin, here’s what you need to know about getting rid of them.
What Causes Pimples On Your Chin?
Our skin produces sebum, which is necessary to keep the skin hydrated. Sometimes, our pores get blocked with excess oil and bacteria that can result in pimples.
Chin or jawline acne is the result of hormonal imbalances. You may even notice an increase in the number of pimples during your period.
Why Do I Have Pimples On My Chin/Jawline?
Women are more likely to have pimples on their chin/jawline than men. This is because of an increase in male hormones. These hormones stimulate the oil glands that overproduce sebum.
Androgens are hormones that stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce sebum in the body. Excess sebum production can clog pores.
Pimples are more common in teenagers. This is because hormone production increases during the time of puberty. However, anybody can be the victim of these huge jawline pimples!
How To Treat Your Chin/Jawline Pimples?
1. Over-The-Counter Medication
A. Benzoyl Peroxide
Research suggests that products with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide work well in treating pimples. Benzoyl peroxide has anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing acne symptoms. (1)
Side effects of Benzoyl peroxide include dryness, tingling and sun-sensitivity.
B. Salicylic Acid
C. Azelaic Acid
Azelaic acid reduces swelling by killing bacteria-causing acne. It comes in topical forms and is effective in treating pimples. (3)
Side effects include itching, burning, dryness and tenderness. Azelaic acid can also have serious adverse effects. Talk to your dermatologist before using azelaic acid to treat your pimples.
D. Topical Retinoids
Topical retinoids are effective in reducing inflammation. (4) They are widely used to treat pimples. They are often referred to as the “core of topical therapy.”
Side effects of using topical retinoids include dryness, itching and redness of the skin.
2. In-office Procedures
A. Laser Therapy
Laser therapy has become a popular way of treating inflammatory acne. Your dermatologist may recommend laser treatments to address your acne concerns.
Laser therapy slows down sebaceous gland activity, which in turn reduces inflammation. (5)
B. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels exfoliate and remove the topmost layer of the skin. (6)
There are three types of chemical peels - superficial peels, medium peels and deep peels.
Huge pimples can be painful! The urge to pop these pimples increases because of how they feel and look.
Draining a cyst involves making a minor cut in it. Once the cyst is cut open, your dermatologist can squeeze out its contents. Draining should only be done by a dermatologist because he uses sanitized tools and knows how to go about the process.
If you attempt at squeezing the pimple, you may end up infecting it. You may also push back the bacteria further into the skin. This can result in more inflammation and scarring.
4. Oral Medication
Isotretinoin is a Vitamin A derivative. It is used to treat severe inflammatory acne. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce sebum production. (8)
Isotretinoin can result in dry skin, hair loss, cracked lips, nausea, weight loss, change in nail and skin texture. It can also result in some serious side-effects including depression, inflammation of the liver or pancreas and bone softening.
If you plan on conceiving or are pregnant, do not consume Isotretinoin. Your dermatologist may recommend some other antibiotics to help treat your pimples.
5. Home Remedies
A. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pimples. It is a popular ingredient in anti-acne products. (9)
Honey is a popular home remedy to treat a variety of skin issues. It has antibacterial properties that help in reducing pimples. Honey also keeps your skin hydrated and soft. (10)
Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. (11) It is a widely used ingredient in the skincare industry.
How Can You Prevent Huge Pimples On Your Chin?
Just like any other way of preventing pimples, chin pimples can also be avoided with these tips:
A. Don’t Touch Your Pimple
Touching your pimple constantly can spread the bacteria to other parts of your face.
B. Wash Your Face Two Times A Day
Not less, not more. Wash your face when you wake up and before you sleep. Washing too much can stimulate sebum production. It can also dehydrate your skin and result in excess sebum production.
C. Use Sunscreen
Sunscreen will keep your skin hydrated. It will prevent your skin from overproducing sebum, leaving it soft and supple.
D. Don’t Pop Your Pimples
Popping your pimple will worsen the situation. It can cause scarring and increase inflammation.
E. Avoid Oil-Based Makeup Products
Oil-based makeup products or removers can further clog your pores.
F. Follow A Skincare Regimen
Follow a skincare routine to avoid huge pimples. Get yourself a cleanser, moisturizer and toner for your skin-type.
G. Don’t Exfoliate Everyday
Exfoliation can stimulate sebum production. Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week is ideal.
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