October 1, 2023

Breakouts are a typical thing for young adults, but these blemishes can say a lot about a person’s health. Acne, by definition, is an inflamed or infected sebaceous gland characterized by red pimples or blackheads.

“The location of acne spots on your face can give you an indication of their underlying cause,” said Dr. Wang Zheng Hu in an article published on skinacea.com. Hu is a Chinese medicine doctor who has conducted a great deal of research on underlying acne causes.

1. On the forehead. 

Breakouts on the forehead have to do with an individual’s digestive system and stress levels.

It is important to drink water and get enough sleep at night. A lack of sleep combined with stress can affect one’s eating habits and cause forehead acne.

“I break out the most on my forehead right around finals and midterms,” said Sarah-Jane Rudd, freshman biology major. “I often find myself so busy with studying I forget my stomach is growling.”

2. Between the eyebrows. 

This acne is linked to the liver. It is caused when an individual consumes large amounts of dairy products contain chemicals that trigger the oil glands in the skin.

3. On or around the ears.

Ear pimples are linked to the kidneys, and more specifically, a person’s caffeine intake. Caffeine dehydrates the body, so it is important to make sure one drinks plenty of water to rehydrate after a cup of coffee or soda.

Dehydration can also affect the kidneys. If one makes sure to drink enough water daily, it will counteract caffeine’s dehydrating tendencies.

4. On the cheek bones. 

These blemishes have to do with the respiratory system. Breakouts on the cheek bones are related to what a person is breathing. If a person has allergies, or is a smoker, the amount of cheek acne will increase. Taking proper precautions for allergies, as well as avoiding secondhand smoke, will help to control this acne.

5. On the nose.

If an individual has high blood pressure, he or she is more likely to get acne on the nose. Cutting back on energy drinks or switching to eating more nuts and oats will help lower blood pressure and produces more energy.

6. On the chin.

A diet high in oil or dairy products will affect the amount of acne on the chin. To get rid of this type of acne, it is important to eat an efficient amount of fiber to cleanse the digestive system. In some cases, a stomach detox is also helpful to get rid of the blemishes.

7. On the jaw bone.

These zits are harder to control, and can give insight into a individual’s hormonal state. Staying hydrated and consuming more leafy greens can help balance an individual’s hormone levels and heal this type of acne.

8. On the neck. 

If there is an increase in neck acne, an individual should prepare to fight off a cold or the flu by drinking water.

9. Around the lips.

Acne around the lips is related to the digestive tract, as well as what a person puts into his or her mouth. Anything from spicy food to toothpaste can cause acne around the lips. It is important to keep them clean to avoid breakouts in that area.

Where a person breaks out can  give insight to their health. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding large amounts of stress and following a balanced diet can help anyone beat the breakouts.

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