Acne on your Jawline: What Gives?

Bumps around the jawline, no matter what the cause, is annoying for anyone. If you shave on a regular basis, it can be excruciating. Oftentimes these bumps are not caused by shaving, but by jawline acne. Many of us know pimples and zits to take form in and around our T-zone, which is the oiliest part of the face consisting of the forehead, the nose, and down to the chin. Certain individuals also count the cheek area closest to their noses in their troubled T-zone, as well. Jawline acne, however, is different; it does not have the same look and feel as the zits that develop on your face. Rather, these are harder bumps, more difficult to pop, and in one of the most hard-to-reach areas due to your jaw bone being right there.

What’s Causing It?

There are actually a number of reasons why you might be breaking out along your jawline, and none of them have to do with hormones or genetics. That said, jawline acne can be treated and monitored if you make a few changes. Typically, athletes and other individuals who wear helmets with chin straps tend to break out along their jaw. This is because of the bacteria that collects in the fabric, which then makes contact with your jaw, and transfers that bacteria to your skin.

Another culprit is your cell phone. People don’t realize how much bacteria is actually lingering on the surface of their phones, and when you talk on the phone – especially for lengths at a time – that bacteria is again transferred from the surface of the phone to your skin. Remembering to wipe down the face of your phone is key to avoiding breakouts.

Some research has even pointed to your habits in the bathroom, particularly the shower and when you scrub your face. If you are cleansing your face improperly, you are not wiping away the excess soap, dirt, and gunk from around your chin and jaw area. Leaving this residue coupled with the germs from the day will cause the grime and bacteria to build up and clog your pores. Instead, it is suggested that you either use a wash cloth to rid of all the soap from your face, or simply wash your face when you are in the shower to ensure that you’ve hit every nook and cranny.

Using a harsh scrub can also irritate your skin, and inflamed or irritated skin will inevitably lead to acne. Lighten up your scrub to a gentle cleanser, be sure to moisturize, and you should see a reduction in no time.

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