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Chin Acne: Causes & Treatment - The Ultimate Guide

Chin acne can be painful, hard to deal with, and take a serious toll on your self-esteem. Luckily, fighting it from the source is easier than it may seem.

To get rid of chin acne for good, you'll need to develop and maintain a skincare routine that targets each of the main causes of acne, including:

  1. Inflammation

  2. Excess oil production

  3. Acne-causing bacteria (P. acnes)

Consistency is key when it comes to fully clearing your skin, as is understanding the things that might trigger breakouts for you or make your acne worse.

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Acne on the chin is a common concern, but it's one that's easily remedied.

Whether you're dealing with mild, moderate, or severe chin acne, there are steps you can take to achieve healthy, clear skin. The first and best place to start when treating acne is learning about where your breakouts come from.

What Causes Acne on the Chin?

Acne on the chin comes as the result of the same factors that cause acne in general.

Chin acne is no different from acne elsewhere on the face or body in terms of cause, but different triggers may mean that you tend to struggle with breakouts in this area more than others.

Understanding the main causes of acne can help you pinpoint areas for improvement in your current routine and lifestyle.

Excess Oil Production

Sebum helps keep the skin hydrated and protected, but too much of it can clog the pores and serve as a food source for pesky, acne-causing bacteria.

Those who regularly experience acne and breakouts tend to have higher or more consistent levels of excess sebum (oil) on the skin, which in turn leads to more clogged and irritated pores.


Bacteria inhabit nearly every part of our bodies, and the skin is no exception. While some bacteria isn't a bad thing, too much acne-causing bacteria (specifically P. acnes bacteria) can disrupt the skin's natural balance.


In response to excess bacteria and sebum in the pores, the body produces an inflammatory response that causes pores to close to prevent further infection. The downside of shrunk pores, though, is trapping their contents (excess sebum and bacterial overgrowth) inside.

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Inflammation, bacteria, and excess oil all contribute to irritation and breakouts on the skin.

Chin Acne Triggers

Though all acne shares the same causes, different types of acne (and acne in different areas) can be triggered by various factors. "Triggers" in this context are things that may contribute or lead to the causes of acne discussed above.

It is very possible for these sorts of triggers to exacerbate acne on the jawline, chin, and cheeks, or make it more likely for blemishes to occur in these spots than elsewhere.

Examples of common triggers for acne on the chin include:

  • Genetics. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to developing acne throughout life. While your genes don't guarantee you'll have acne or make it impossible to treat, they may mean you're more likely to produce excess oil, experience inflammation more frequently, etc.

  • Hormonal changes. Hormones play an important role in regulating sebum production, which means that hormonal changes or imbalances can impact the look and feel of your skin. This is especially true when using birth control pills, during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or other stages in life where significant hormonal changes occur.

  • Touching the face.Regularly picking at, touching, rubbing, and irritating the skin on your chin can increase the amount of inflammation you experience, which in turn can up your risk of dealing with breakouts.

  • Beauty products and cosmetics. Products that contain irritating ingredients or that clog the pores may lead to inflammation and trigger acne breakouts in higher volumes.

  • Stress. The connection between acne and stress has yet to be fully explored, but for now, it seems that higher levels of stress, especially in the long term, may be associated with more breakouts.

How to Get Rid of Chin Acne Once and For All

Combatting chin acne requires a multi-faceted approach that remedies each of the main causes of acne. To do that, you'll need an effective skincare routine for acne prevention and management, specifically one that's made with a combination of natural and scientific ingredients.

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A thoughtful and strong skincare routine can remove dead skin cells, and prevent clogged pores, irritation, and other causes of acne.

Be sure that your routine checks each of the following boxes to see serious improvements to your skin and minimize acne flare-ups.

Don't Let Your Bacteria get Out of Whack

To ensure that the natural bacterial balance of your skin stays where it should, look out for products that can kill acne-causing bacteria without stripping your skin of its moisture and without over-doing it and killing off advantageous bacteria that your skin uses.

Benzoyl peroxide is a superstar when it comes to managing P. acnes levels and lends itself well to spot treatments. It's a common component of many of our best acne treatments because of its ability to react powerfully while still avoiding irritating the skin.

It is, however, important to note that benzoyl peroxide must be used responsibly! Too high a concentration or simply benzoyl peroxide alone won't get rid of your acne and could even make your skin look worse. That's why we always match benzoyl peroxide with natural ingredients like green tea to keep your skin smooth and healthy while also treating your diet.

To keep the bacteria on your skin under control, we recommend the Exposed Acne Treatment Serum, formulated with benzoyl peroxide, green tea extract, and tea tree oil to soothe and heal the skin.

Prevent and Manage Inflammation

Even if you manage to eliminate excess bacteria and oil on the skin, you'll still find it difficult to keep new blemishes from popping up or worsening without managing the inflammatory component of your acne.

Look for products that help with redness and swelling, but be sure to avoid those that also contain ingredients that are problematic themselves (like harsh fragrances or dyes).

We recommend our Clearing Tonic, which works to absorb pore-clogging impurities, including excess sebum on the skin, while also soothing and moisturizing your skin. Formulated with gentle, natural ingredients like green tea extract and passion flower, this product is a great option for keeping redness and irritation to a minimum.

Halt Excess Oil Production

To manage the amount of sebum your pores produce, you'll want to use an ingredient like salicylic acid that helps absorb and wick away extra oil, shrink the pores, and keep your skin hydrated.

The Exposed Clear Pore Serum, formulated with salicylic acid, manages excess oil production, calms redness, and battles bacteria to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

How to Prevent Chin Acne

A vital piece of long-term healing and a great complexion is maintaining your skincare habits even when you're not actively breaking out.

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The Exposed Skincare Basic Kit makes it easy to follow a routine that really works to prevent and treat acne, guaranteed.

Looking out for potential triggers, maintaining a strong routine, and taking care of your general health are all things you can do to keep your skin in tip-top shape around the clock.

The importance of creating a routine packed with ingredients that help prevent and soothe acne can't be overstated.

Even if you're not currently breaking out, a routine of this sort means your skin has the support it needs to avoid future chin pimples.

The Exposed Skincare Basic Kit, for instance, has all you need to create a basic, acne-fighting skincare routine.

Set yourself up for success and stick to it, and results will follow.