What Could Acne on Different Areas of Your Face Mean?

Although we think of acne as something that may only bother us during our teen years, many adults experience acne flareups in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. This skin condition, which is associated with clogged facial pores due to a buildup of bacteria, dead skin, and oils, can be frustrating. It also usually isn’t something that goes away overnight, especially if you have a chronic and severe inflammatory skin condition. If you’re bothered by this condition, despite taking good care of your skin, you can receive acne treatments in Los Angeles from our team of board-certified dermatologists at Skin Care & Laser Physicians team.

We can help you find the underlying cause of the issue and determine the best ways of managing it. Zits, oiliness, and blackheads tend to occur on the T-zone: the forehead, nose and chin. What many patients don’t realize is that the specific parts of the face where pimples and cysts appear can give them some clues about what’s actually causing the problem.

Hairline and Forehead Acne

An oily skin type makes forehead breakouts common, especially if you have bangs or use pomades in your hair. Pimples usually form around the hairline if you’re using thick, mineral oil-based products that are blocking the pores. You can make some simple changes to avoid this type of acne, such as using a clarifying shampoo, using only non-comedogenic hair products, washing your face after you apply hair products, or shielding your face after using them.

Nose Acne

The common cause of nose acne is simply excess oil and sometimes high stress. Manage stress and use salicylic acid cleansers to reduce the oil.

Acne on the Cheeks

Scientists aren’t yet sure of what specifically causes cheek acne, but it could be linked to genetics or your everyday habits. Holding anything up to your face for long periods of time—such as your phone, pillows, sheets, or hands—makes you more likely to have breakouts because bacteria, oil, and dirt accumulate on the skin. Clean items you come into contact with frequently, and don’t touch your face.

Get diagnosis and acne treatments from a board-certified dermatologist at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, providing both medical and cosmetic dermatology services. If you would like to ask us about finding ways to manage your skin condition, fill out a contact form or call us at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation today.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.


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