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What To Do When Jawline Acne Won’t Go Away

Jawline acne is a common problem for people of all ages, but there are solutions.

All acne has the same causes, so the acne on your jawline comes from the same process that causes acne elsewhere on the face. However, there are certain things that make jawline acne unique, which is why we can identify some common jawline acne triggers:

  1. Irritation

  2. Hormones

  3. Harsh products

To get rid of jawline, mouth, and chin acne, we recommend a consistent skincare routine with both natural and scientific solutions. Learn more here.

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Let's get more specific. Read on to find the best plan for you for clearing up acne on the jawline.

Three Main Causes of Jawline Acne (Plus Solutions)

Irritation

The skin around your mouth, chin, and jawline is typically quite dry compared to the skin on the rest of your face. That means that acne on the jawline is often caused by irritation.

While oil can seem like the big villain when it comes to acne prevention, your skin actually needsa thin layer of protective oil.

Dry skin gets easily irritated, even from small things. That irritation leads to inflammation,which further can cause the skin tissue around your pores to swell and produce excess oil to protect itself.

That extra oil, plus dead skin cells and existing bacteria, then gets trapped in your pores, potentially causing a breakout.

Some habits might be causing more irritation in your skin and as such more jawline acne.

Irritation on the jaw can be caused by:

Shaving

Shaving any part of the body can create irritation that leads to acne. Factors such as poor-quality shaving cream, dull razors, or missed hairs can combine with naturally drier skin to cause acne along the jawline.

Equipment-related breakouts

Another common cause of jawline acne is friction, often caused by sports headgear with a chin strap, or from playing instruments that touch the face, like the violin.

Ensure that anything touching this part of your face is consistently cleaned and disinfected. That also includes pillows, your phone, and masks.

Touching Your Face

Your hands carry a lot of bacteria! Plus, they produce oil as well. Whenever you touch your face, your fingers transfer all that gunk to your skin, which causes irritation. Try to avoid resting your head in your hand for long periods of time, or touching your face excessively when you're stressed or focusing.

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How to Solve Irritation

If you can't identify a specific trigger for your jawline acne, try out these remedies to calm your skin and prevent further irritation:

  • Green tea extract

  • Caffeine

  • Pro-vitamin B5

  • Sage extract

For easily-irritated skin, you need to use soft cleansers and oil-free moisturizers. The Exposed Skincare facial cleanser includes Pro-Vitamin B5, designed to regulate oil production, and sage extract, a calming component that calms irritated skin and balances oil production. The gentle, non-toxic, and water-based Exposed Skincare Moisture Complex has green tea extract, another calming ingredient, and caffeine which reduces redness in the skin. With both of these products together, acne from irritation can become a thing of the past.

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Hormones

Jawline acne isn’t always hormonal, but it’s a common cause of acne around the "u-zone:" your mouth, chin, and jaw.

Women may see more acne about a week before the start of their menstrual cycle. Women can also experience acne in this area when they start or stop hormonal birth control methods like the pill, an implant, or an IUD. Many teenagers can also blame their acne on their changing hormones.

Solutions for Hormonal Acne

  • Avoid eating dairy products, as research has shown a link between dairy and acne.

  • Thoroughly research the side effects of any form of hormonal medicine, including birth control, before starting.

  • Consider carefully formulated skincare treatments to aid your skin without throwing off your natural balance. For example, Exposed Skincare uses ingredients such as green tea, passionflower, tea tree, and licorice root extract together with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid in exactly the right amounts to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and very effective acne skincare experience.

Harmful Products

Heavy skin makeup, like foundation, can clog your pores. If you want to continue wearing this kind of makeup, completely remove it at night with a cleanser, ensuring it all comes off your jawline. We generally recommend non-comedogenic makeup products, meaning products that are far less likely to clog your pores.

You may also even be experiencing acne due to products that are supposedly meant to clear up blemishes!

Acne Products That Hurt

Very abrasive acne treatment products that have been popular in the past can also lead to morejawline acne since they can cause irritation and contribute to inflammation along the jawline and chin. For example, high levels of benzoyl peroxide can be unhealthy for sensitive skin.

Acne products can, and certainly should, use low percentages of benzoyl peroxide, but the formula should alsoalways include other ingredients that calm your skin so that the benzoyl peroxide doesn't cause irritation and as such more breakouts.

For example, the Exposed Skincare Acne Treatment Serum has just 3.5% benzoyl peroxide, and it also includes green tea extract and tea tree oil, completely natural, cruelty-free ingredients that supplement the benzoyl peroxide perfectly.

Acne Products That Help

Combining safe, steady acne-fighting products with healthy doses of proven ingredients with a moisturizer to combat dryness will especially help with breakouts along your chin and jawline.

Water-Based Moisturizer

Because the skin on your jaw and chin is dry, try out a water-based moisturizer instead of oil-based. Water-based moisturizer will work against irritation and dryness without causing an excess of oil. Our water-based moisturizer, for example, contains vitamin E, green tea extract, and other soothing ingredients to keep skin hydrated and calm.

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Exposed Skincare

Your acne is complex and unique, meaning you need a multi-faceted approach to fix it.

Your skincare routine should be coming at your acne from all angles: working against inflammation, keeping your skin clean, and using both nature and science to treat your break outs.

Click here to learn more about Exposed Skincare's kits and start healing your breakouts with balance.

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