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Pimples On Chin And How To Treat It

Pimples and acne can appear pretty much anywhere on our bodies. Saying that, they unfortunately tend to congregate around the most visible part – our faces. Lots of people get breakouts on their chins and are left wondering why this happens and what they can do about it. We’re here to answer all your questions about chin pimples, so read on for your ultimate guide.

What are pimples?

Why do we get pimples on our chin?

Other causes of chin pimples

How to treat pimples on the chin

What are pimples?

Let’s start with the basics. Pimples typically appear as red, inflamed bumps on your skin. Just like blackheads and whiteheads, they form as a result of a blocked pore. The oil produced by your pores traps debris like dead skin cells and bacteria, effectively plugging up your pore.

If the clogged pore remains closed, the bacteria continues to grow inside it, resulting in a whitehead or the redness and swelling associated with pimples.

Why do we get pimples on our chin?

You’ve probably heard of the T-Zone part of your face. This area tends to become oilier than other areas, making spots and acne most likely to develop here. While we mostly think of the T-Zone as the area across the forehead and down the nose, it actually extends all the way down your face, meaning your chin is part of your T-Zone. So, it makes sense that this is an area prone to developing pimples.

Lots of factors can make you more likely to develop breakouts on your chin, but most of these factors come down to one thing – hormones.

Chin pimples tend to be attributed to hormones more than other types of acne, primarily the overproduction of a type of hormones called androgens. When our hormone levels fluctuate, our body responds in various ways, including releasing more oil from the sebaceous glands.

Excess androgen production is more likely to occur during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and as a part of the menstrual cycle. So, you may notice flare-ups of chin acne during these periods.

Other factors such as a lack of sleep, a bad diet, and high levels of stress also affect your hormones, which can exacerbate acne, making it harder to get rid of those pimples.

Other causes of chin pimples

Chin pimples aren’t always a result of hormone imbalances. Here are a few other things that could be to blame or may be mistaken for acne:

Acne mechanica

Ignoring hormones for a minute, friction could be to blame for your chin acne. If you regularly play a sport that involves wearing headgear, then this equipment may be rubbing against your face a lot as you run around. This irritates the skin, causing it to become inflamed and produce more sebum. Add sweat into the mix and you’ve got the perfect conditions for creating acne.

If you fall into this category, then it’s important to take care of your skin after a practice or game. The same goes for certain musical instruments where the instrument needs to be held against your chin or mouth to play it. It’s also important to keep your instrument or sporting equipment clean to reduce the amount of bacteria that is lingering about.

Ingrown hairs

Sometimes, that itchy, red spot on your chin might not be a pimple after all. It could be an ingrown hair. Each of your pores contains a hair follicle, even if you don’t have any visible hair on your face. So, although this is more likely to be a problem for men as a result of shaving their face, it can occur in women too.

When a hair grows back on itself and into the skin, your body will respond in order to remove the hair. As a result, the area will become red and swollen. It will probably be itchy and might even become painful. If the skin grows over the ingrown hair, it may even scar.

Ingrown hairs on the face typically occur as a result of shaving with a dull blade. This action will cause the hairs to fold over rather than cutting them cleanly. So, it’s important to use good quality razors on your face and make sure you change your blades regularly.


Red, swollen pimples on the face may not be acne but a sign of a condition called rosacea. This results in bumps, redness, and breakouts over the face that can be mistaken for generic pimples. If you see your doctor about symptoms such as these, they will be able to tell you whether or not rosacea is the cause.

The symptoms of rosacea can be controlled by following a thorough but gentle skincare regime and avoiding products that contain irritants such as alcohol or menthol. Lifestyle changes like not drinking alcohol and staying out of the sun can also be beneficial. Unfortunately, there is no definite cure for this condition.

How to treat pimples on the chin

Now for what you really came here for. If you’ve got pimples on the chin, you want to know how you can get rid of them and stop them from coming back. Here are some effective treatments and preventative measures to help give you the flawless skin you dream of.

Topical creams

The best treatment for your chin acne will depend on the severity of it. If you just have a pimple or two on your chin, then a topical cream available over the counter should be able to speed up its healing, ridding you of the pimples within a week. Products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide tend to do the trick.

Dermatological treatments

If your acne is more severe, you may need a dermatological treatment or a course of antibiotics to help clear it up. Either way, you can help the process along by gently washing your face every day with products that don’t irritate your skin. Applying ice to the affected area can also help to bring down the swelling around pimples.

Don’t touch!

Final point, resist the urge to pick and squeeze at your pimples. A lot of people find it satisfying to do so, but it can harm your skin, exacerbate your pimples, and can even cause scarring. Plus, constantly touching your face means that you’re transferring the bacteria from your hands to your face, which could make your pimples spread.

Remember, don’t stress out if you get a few pimples on your chin. It’s completely normal, and your stress response might even cause them to worsen. Just follow the tips in our article and seek medical advice if your condition worsens.

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