What does it mean if I break out on my chin?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

I’ve heard that you can determine the cause of your breakouts by looking at the area of your skin where they are coming up. For example, on the chin it usually indicates that the cause is hormonal. Is there any truth in this? And if so, which area indicates which cause?


Skincare expert Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“There seem to be certain areas that break out more under certain circumstances, however there is no “medical proof” as to why this happens, and it should not be taken as “law” that these breakouts in certain areas are in any way diagnostic. The basic “pattern” is more or less as follows:
Forehead & temples – stress related
Jawline – hormonal
Breakouts around the mouth – gut issues
Chest, neck and upper back – combination of hormones and stress

Would you like to ask Dr Allem a question about your skin? Submit it here.

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  1. Lindsay Swart

    Thank you, always wondered about this but couldnt find an article! Wonder what causes the cheeks and nose though

    3 years ago •

  1. Bernice Jolley

    Very interesting information!

    4 years ago •

  1. Rashmee Bagirathi

    Being hormonal on the jawline is interesting.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Very interesting information. I always thought it was caused by oily, dirty skin.

    4 years ago •

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