Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. You could be going through hormonal changes brought on by adolescence, medications, stress, genetics, or you might just need a better skincare routine.
Whatever the reasons for your breakouts are, one thing’s for sure—the chin is one of the most common areas of the face to develop acne. Wearing masks indoors throughout the pandemic has only made the situation worse for a lot of people.
Fortunately, there are a lot of excellent preventative and reactive chin acne treatment options that you can try.
What Is Cystic Chin Acne?
Cystic chin acne consists of plump pimples or spots that are filled with pus and are situated deep within the epidermis. These types of acne cysts are highly prone to scarring if they’re not properly cleansed and treated by a professional. Dermatologists usually prescribe antibiotics and topical creams to help reduce or clear up severe breakouts for people who suffer from chronic cystic acne.
You might be tempted to pop acne cysts, but this is ill-advised as it increases the chances of scarring. The best option is to seek professional treatment for cystic acne on the chin.
What Causes Acne Around the Mouth and Chin?
Acne under the chin and around the mouth can be caused by a number of different elements, some of which you can control and some you can’t. Cystic acne on the chin is particularly frustrating because it appears in the form of dark, red, bulging pimples on the face that can be painful from the inflammation. Knowing what causes acne on the lower half of the face is the first step toward figuring out the most effective treatment options.
Common chin acne causes include the following.
Teenagers going through puberty aren’t the only ones who can develop acne breakouts on their faces. Acne breakouts don’t discriminate based on age. Adults in their 20s and beyond can also experience mild to serious acne breakouts due to various natural or chemical-induced hormonal changes they may go through as they get older. Menopause, menstruation, pregnancy, and even medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are among the most common hormonal changes that can result in chronic acne breakouts in adult women.
Cystic acne can also be a side effect of various medical procedures or treatments including hormone therapy.
Improper Skincare Routine for Your Skin Type
There are five skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination (a mix of dry and oily), and sensitive. Your skin type is determined by genetics, but there are certain external and internal factors that can cause it change as you get older. Your skincare routine plays a crucial role in the healthy appearance and cleanliness of your skin. It’s important to use skincare products that are specifically designed for your skin type so that you can prevent or mitigate acne breakouts. Seasonal changes in climate can also impact your skin condition, so it’s important to maintain a consistent skincare routine and adjust it accordingly.
Neglecting your skincare routine allows dirt, oil, and contaminants to accumulate on your skin. Blocked pores become inflamed and infected, which leads to cystic acne breakouts throughout your skin. Once you get one pimple, they can spread like wildfire to other parts of your skin.
Acne-causing bacteria are another common contaminant that block the pores. Like dirt, oily, and old makeup, this bacteria gets trapped deep inside the pores. This causes the dermis to become infected and inflamed. If left untreated for too long or dirt is allowed to accumulate, these bumps can develop into pustules (pimples with a whitehead at the tip). Pustules are typically a dark red colour and tender, even painful to the touch.
Thoroughly washing your face twice a day with an appropriate cleanser—once in the morning, once in the evening—and removing all makeup kills bacteria and keeps your skin clean and clear longer.
The last and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle is your family history with acne. Luckily, you don’t have to delve too deep into your family’s medical history to discover if genetics are the culprit behind your chronic cystic or normal acne breakouts. Research shows that if even one or both of your parents suffered from chronic acne breakouts, then you have a heightened risk of developing the same condition. Depending on your specific family history and genetic predisposition, it could start as early as adolescence or you could develop what’s known as adult acne (a condition that starts after age 25).
Although genetic acne is the most difficult to treat because you’re literally fighting against nature, there is hope in the form of a treatment known as Hollywood Spectra Laser Peel.
How to Prevent Chin Acne?
If you suffer from chin acne, there are a few preventative measures you can take:
- Use oil-free cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens on your face
- Avoid touching the bottom half of your face
- Don’t pop pimples
- Remove all makeup every night before bed
- Wash your face thoroughly and moisturize twice a day
- Stick to a consistent skincare routine
Hollywood Spectra Peel Carbon Laser Treatment for Chin Acne
The Hollywood Spectra Peel Carbon Laser treatment is an FDA and Health Canada-approved cosmetic procedure that’s safe for most skin types. Patients can typically start to notice improved, clean, and clear skin after just one treatment, but multiple sessions might be required for more severe breakouts.
This treatment involves applying a layer of carbon-based Spectra lotion to the surface of the skin. Without making direct contact, the clinician will then hover a laser applicator a few inches above the face to gently heat the skin. As the laser gently hovers and passes over the skin several times, the carbon Spectra lotion peels away several layers of acne-infested skin to reveal a clean and healthy layer underneath.
The result is fresh, clear, and rejuvenated skin that heals itself. During the procedure, you’ll feel a slight warm tingling feeling throughout the treatment areas. No downtime is required after the procedure and there are no side effects.
Book a Hollywood Laser Peel Consultation in Toronto
Do you have acne-prone skin? Have you tried virtually every clinical or at-home treatment with minimal to no improvements? The Hollywood Spectra Carbon Laser treatment from the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic may be just what you need. Book a consultation with one of our skincare specialists to learn more!