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Chin acne: What are the causes and treatments?

Updated: Jun 7

Similar to acne on other parts of the body, chin acne forms when there is a production of excess sebum on the chin area that clog hair follicles, along with other debris and dirt left on the skin. The different types of acne that can form on the chin include, comedonal acne and inflammatory acne. These various types of acne form depending on the severity of the acne in the area. This article will be diving into the different causes of chin acne and its preventative methods.

a woman with acne scars and active acne around the cheek area


What Causes Chin acne?

Irritation of the skin at the chin can be a common cause of chin acne. The chin is exposed to various external stimuli, such as clothing, germ-ridden fingers, or surfaces, which can lead to skin irritation and the formation of acne. This can be particularly noticeable when acne outbreak occurs after long hours of wearing mask.

woman wearing masks at the bus stop

It is common for adults to experience acne after the age of 20, and it often occurs on the chin, around the mouth, jaw line, and hairline. Chin acne in adults may reappear and has the potential to leave acne scars. If you are experiencing post adolescent acne, it is advisable to learn more about it and consider appropriate treatment options Learn more about adult acne here.

It is also said that chin acne tends to worsen in women before their menstrual cycle as well as during pregnancy, similar to hormonal acne.

Preventing Chin Acne

1. Wear Sunscreen Daily to Prevent Sun Damage

In order to prevent and reduce damage from the sun, it is important to apply sunscreen around the face and areas of the body exposed to the sun every 2 hours. The chin area is particularly difficult to protect with a hat or umbrella and is thus prone to the effects of UV rays, so it is important to remember to apply sunscreen to the chin frequently as well. Choose a sunscreen that is non-comedogenic or hypo-comedogenic.

hands using sunscreen to prevent sun damage

2. Remove Makeup Thoroughly

Ensure that you wash your hands before washing your face and remove all makeup thoroughly. Residual makeup and cleanser can irritate the skin and contribute to acne formation. Pay extra attention to the chin and fine lines on your face when cleansing.

a woman removing makeup and washing face

3. Use a Clean Razor when Shaving

If you shave your chin, use a clean and disposable razor or a washable electric shaver. Avoid using a blade that has come into contact with a pimple to prevent further irritation or infection.

a man shaving face with clean razor

4. Avoid Irritation by Clothing

Certain clothing, such as high-neck sweaters and scarves, can irritate the skin on your neck, chin, and face line. If you notice acne forming after wearing certain clothes, avoid wearing them or make sure to wash them regularly.

5. Pay Attention to the Size and Material of Masks and How Often They Are Changed

Pay attention to mask size and material: Choose a mask that fits properly and is made of breathable material. Ensure that the mask covers your chin adequately without rubbing against it. Replace your mask daily to maintain cleanliness around the mouth area.

6. Avoid Touching Your Face

Refrain from touching your face or pimples with your hands, as they can transfer bacteria and worsen acne. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face.

7. Maintain Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal changes can contribute to formation of acne, so it's important to keep your hormones balanced. Avoid stress, maintain a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and establish a routine lifestyle to support hormonal health.

8. Keep a Daily Skincare Routine

Establish a daily skincare routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing your face thoroughly. Use skincare products suitable for your skin type and moisturize adequately to support the skin barrier and prevent dryness.

A woman applying skin care

How Can I Treat Chin Acne?

If you experience persistent chin acne despite following preventative measures, it's advisable to consult a dermatologist. They can provide appropriate treatment options, such as oral medications, hormone therapy, or chemical peels, tailored to your specific needs and skin health goals..

1. Consider Birth Control Pills and Hormone Therapy

If your acne tends to worsen before menstruation, the secretion of progestin (progesterone), a type of female hormone, may be the cause. Since progestin has similar properties to male hormones (androgen), it is believed to promote the secretion of sebum, making the skin oily and clogging pores, worsening acne. Hormone therapy and birth control are available at dermatology hospitals and clinics, but should only be tried after you consult your dermatologist or doctor.

2. Trying Chemical Peels

One of the aesthetic treatments that can help with acne is chemical peels, a skin treatment that artificially stimulates skin cell turnover. It is believed to improve blackheads, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles in addition to acne. It is one of the treatments you can try if other treatments for acne, such as skincare products, have not been effective. Since the skin dries out after peeling, be sure to prevent dryness of the skin and a damaged skin barrier by moisturizing thoroughly after the treatment.

Schedule a consultation today and start your acne recovery journey today.

a woman receiving facial treatment for preventing acne


In summary, chin acne can have various causes, and adopting certain lifestyle habits can help reduce its occurrence. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine and maintaining a healthy diet can contribute to long-term acne prevention. For more immediate results, treatments like chemical peels or oral and topical medications prescribed by a dermatologist can be effective. The severity of your acne and your skin health goals will determine the specific measures to implement for clearer and acne-free skin. Consulting with a dermatologist can provide personalized guidance and ensure the most suitable treatment approach for your individual needs.

This blog post was medically reviewed by Dr Summer Zhang.


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