Every once in a while, we all have different versions of unfortunate events with our skin. Especially, during our teenage years, when we’d see another spot creep up, just after we got rid of the first. Our history with issues related to our skin needs attention, as it’s most certainly finding ways to communicate to us. Just like we take those efforts to notice changes for each of our houseplants, we should similarly look at non-verbal messages left to us by our skin. Our skin reacts to heat, bacteria, hormones and oils. Almost, as sensitive as the leaf of a plant.
The way your skin looks conveys different things about your lifestyle or even emotions. Everyone has to deal with issues such as spots, zits, pimples or blemishes. Don’t worry, as all these terms simply mean that some acne showed up uninvited.
What is Acne and Jawline Acne
Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. When this happens, you notice bumps, swelling and redness on your skin. These bumps can show up in the forms of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. Each has its own features when it shows up, hence different names.
Acne can pop up on different areas such as face, back, shoulders and neck. Our T-zone (which is forehead, nose and chin) is most acne prone as it produces lots of oil. All the oil (sebum) that is trapped in our pores is one of the most common reasons for acne.
But acne on the jawline specifically stems from hormonal imbalance. This imbalance causes acne to spread and show up along the jawline, on the chin area and maybe even the lip line. The lower half of our face is always most affected by hormonal changes.
To understand how this happens, we need to understand that our oil glands normally produce a moderate amount of Sebum. This sebum is a yellowish oily substance naturally produced by our hair and skin. But when our hormones fluctuate, our oil glands produce more sebum, because of which our pores get clogged.
Acne can leave a scar on your jawline, depending on how severe it is. But if taken care of correctly, it can leave you after it’s healed. If new ones keep turning up consistently, it’s best to consult a dermatologist. For women, acne is a bit more common because of fluctuating hormonal changes that happen before menstruation.
Quick general reminders to take care of Acne
These are small habits that we take for granted but actually trigger acne.
Avoid popping, squeezing acne and touching your face: Popping, picking or excessively touching your face with dirty hands could even cause an infection. So it’s best to keep your hands away from your face, or you’re openly inviting infections.
Ensure you’re cleaning your phone: Our phones are filthy and as it comes in direct contact with our faces, this is one step that can avoid more germs settling on our skin. In this regard, changing your pillow cover is as important as wiping down your mobile screen.
Wash your face with warm water at least twice a day: This could do wonders for your skin. We’d highly recommend using a gentle cleanser. Cleansers work magically by cleaning all the dirt, makeup, bacteria and sweat that gets attached to our skin, after a long day of travelling outside. Your cleanser should be PH-neutral and non-soap. Don’t use products that irritate your skin and never rub. Instead, pat dry your face after washing. Rubbing your skin can actually make your acne worse.
Rinsing your face post a workout: Exercises are great to relieve stress. Also, it helps define our muscles and ultimately remain fit. But as we sweat profusely during a workout, it’s necessary to hit the showers. Sweat causes a warm environment for bacteria to grow, so simply washing your face with water can help cool down your skin. Don’t rub sweat with a dirty towel, but pat it with a clean one after you’ve washed your face.
Natural treatments: Inflammation of the skin because of acne can be terribly painful. That’s when you can try out some natural oils, so that it works on the infected area. We’d highly recommend trying a tea tree oil for spot treatment, as it acts as an angel to heal and combat the acne prone area. Another alternative is Aloe Vera, as it’s soothing for the area and the cool gel can relieve the inflamed area of pain. Trying natural remedies help reduce the swelling as well.
Saying goodbye to jawline acne is not the easiest, but by incorporating few of these changes, you can start to work your way to a clearer skin. Along with these tips, having a good amount of water, keeping your stress in check and drinking water also significantly helps reduce breakouts.