You do everything from cleansing regularly to taking your makeup off diligently, but still those dreaded zits appear when you least expect them. Whether it’s your diet or hormones, you do your best to cover them up and pray that they disappear as quickly as possible. But have you really wondered what they’re trying to tell you about your health? With a little bit of face-mapping, we help you understand what your zits really mean and how to prevent them better.
T-Zone breakouts are normal during puberty, but if you’re facing them after, then stress is the most probable cause. Adrenaline released during stress increases the production of oil, and that combined with an unhealthy diet can trigger breakouts.
Prevent Them: When you’re stressed or anticipating a stressful week at work, ensure to start eating healthier and cut down on junk food. Also, start using a topical acne ointment like Clindac A gel a week before you get your period and also if you know you have a stressful period ahead to prevent any zits from rearing their ugly heads.
Along Your Brows
Zits between and around your eyebrows can occur commonly after you’ve just gotten them done, or after a heavy night of drinking, and not to mention consuming copious amounts of greasy food.
Prevent Them: Make sure to use an antiseptic, soothing cream after getting your brows done at the salon like Lacto Calamine lotion. Cut back on fatty food, and alcohol and make sure to down plenty of water if you do plan on drinking.
Around Your Chin and Jawline
Zits on your chin along on the jawline or on the neck are the most common before that time of the month, and are the biggest tell tale sign of PMS, thanks to fluctuating levels of testosterone.
Prevent Them: Thanks to the hormonal changes during this time, be sure to start taking extra care when it comes to your diet and water intake. Don’t forget to use a toner (we love The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner) to prevent oil buildup and make sure to keep your fingers off your face. Touching your face or resting your chin and cheeks in your hands help transfer acne-causing germs and bacteria.
Along Your Hairline
An oily scalp or using too many hair products could be the culprit here.
Prevent Them: Try and avoid applying hair products near your forehead as they could clog your pores. Use a clarifying shampoo suited for an oily scalp and when you wash your face, be sure to wash along your roots.
On Your Cheeks
Dirt, pollution and dirty cell phones can often be blamed when it comes to spots showing up on your cheeks.
Prevent Them: Sweat and grime can contribute to this so make sure to thoroughly cleanse your face as soon as you get home to prevent your pores from getting clogged. Also, make it a point to wipe down your phone with antibacterial wipes regularly, since it spends a lot of time brushing against your cheeks and keep those dirty hands off your face.
On Your Chest, Shoulders and Back
Tight clothes, over-scrubbing, excess oil and sweat (especially in the summer) are all common causes for acne in these areas.
Prevent It: Wear looser, breezier fabrics that allow the skin to breathe even when you sweat, or else bacteria gets trapped and it becomes a breeding ground. Make sure you wear the right bra size and your straps aren’t too tight, don’t pick at your skin, wash your sheets regularly and use a body lotion that is non-comedogenic (which means it won’t clog pores).
* Of course these may not apply to you if you have sensitive skin or chronic acne with deeper underlying issues.