Pimples on the chin, why they appear and how to treat them

DTell me where you have a pimple and I’ll tell you what’s wrong with you. Behind every imperfection there is an explanation, indeed, one or more inflammatory states that touch the skin. Among the most widespread and frequent are i pimples on the chin and around the lip areawhich also appear in adult women, regardless of whether they suffer from acne or not. The causes? Hormonal changes, eating disorders, stress. And not only.

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Pimples on the chin, a very sensitive area of ​​the face

Pimples on the chin and around the lips are a phenomenon generally linked to hormones.

«The prevalence, especially in some phases of the month, of the effects of androgen hormones can lead to greater sebaceous production in the area and trigger the inflammatory process typical of acne” explains the Dr. Carolina Bussoletti, AIDECO dermatologist, Rilasti consultantL. “This kind of Hormones stimulate oil glands to produce more sebum, responsible for the appearance of pimples, imperfections and blocked pores. It is common, for example, to notice it from the premenstrual phase to the end of the cycle”

Hormones but not only: as the expert explains, aAnother often underestimated cause of the appearance of pimples on the chin is constant touching of the skin. Scratching, resting your hands or clothes on your chin, especially in winter between scarves and the high neck of sweaters, leads to an accumulation of impurities and bacteria which worsen the situation.

«Pimples on the chin should not be confused with perioral dermatitis, which occurs on the same area, characterized instead by redness and burning, as well as being particularly resistant to therapies. This type of dermatitis is also found in young women but does not present comedones, i.e. the white and black points characteristic of acne.”

If the chin is the area most prone to pimples

There is no age for pimples on the chin. Hormonal changes, moments of strong stress, lack of sleep and unbalanced diet are the main causes.

So how to take care of it? «In milder cases it is sufficient to use ad hoc products that contain antiseborrheic active ingredients as niacinamide and azeloglycinekeratolytics such as salicylic and mandelic acid, anti-inflammatories such as dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, vitamin E and antimicrobials such as oligopeptide-10 and chlorhexidine digluconate”.

Also not to be underestimated is the use of prebiotics and postbiotics to protect the skin microbiota, that is, the set of microorganisms normally present on healthy skin which, in pathological conditions such as acne, can be significantly altered.” Taking care of your diet, taking care of rest, the right cleansing, comes naturally. Stress is also a powerful comedogenic factor: Maybe that pimple is telling you to slow down.

An aid in peeling

Alongside mousses and cleansers that contain exfoliating, sebum-regulating ingredients and antimicrobiotic and soothing ingredients, peels are also of great help: «The most suitable are those with an exfoliating effect based on mandelic and salicylic acids and sebum-regulating ones which have a purifying and rebalancing action in a delicate and do-it-yourself way.” Again, in moderation.

If you are already taking anti-acne therapies

Some cosmetics can be combined with pharmacological therapies to mitigate annoying side effects: «Many anti-acne drugs, in fact, cause dryness, redness and burning of the skin, therefore it is important to combine a local product with a soothing action.hydrating and emollient like those based on squalane to rebalance the skin microbiota.”

How to reduce any scars

Unfortunately, pimples can leave their mark. Even if the pustules have been treated, spots and scars may remain on the skin: «Even in not particularly serious forms, acne can leave scars. The most common are those hypotrophic, that is, the “sunken” ones, the most difficult to cure; the scars hypertrophichowever, are those detected on the skin. To these can also be added erythematous or pigmented spots» explains the expert.

So how to behave? With the scar already appearing, you must adapt your daily routine based on fruit acids, content at 12%. Alternatively, very suitable treatments are the pulsed lightthe broad spectrum of light beams and wavelengths directly hits the scar, attenuating it, or the radio frequency whose heat, penetrating deep into the skin, stimulates the production of collagen by recompacting it.