Pimples on Chin? 4 Reasons and Solutions

Written by Allison

Adios, pimples on chin-related stresses!

Pimples on chin (and other fungal acne woes)? It’s kind of the worst place for them. Nobody loves pimples anywhere but pimples on chin tend to run on the large size and can be downright painful! We found the top four reasons for those chin-zits and how to get rid of them.

Reason: ingrown hair

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Hair grows just about everywhere on your bod, including your chin. If you haven’t plucked a weird stay hair on your chin, we don’t believe you. Ingrown hairs can trigger blemishes, says Dr. Audrey Kunin, MD and founder of DERMAdoctor. An ingrown hair is when a hair is growing and it grows into the skin instead of through the skin.

Solution: exfoliation

Usually ingrown hairs happen when you remove hair by shaving, tweezing, waxing, you name it. We know you’re not going to stop tweezing that one weird hair just to save on pimples on chin. Instead we recommend upping your exfoliation routine when you do! We prefer chemical exfoliation (like the Cane + Austin Glycolic pads). Exfoliate before and after hair removal to help prevent ingrown hairs.

Reason: bacterial acne

Bacterial acne is the classic, OG acne problem. If you’re someone who rests their head on their hand, you may be inviting pimples on chin into your life. Keeping your skin free of that P.Acne bacteria is key to keeping your skin clear.

Solution: medicated acne wash

Your standard high school benzoyl peroxide acne wash does wonders for bacterial acne. It kills off the bacteria and helps to keep your chin zit-free. Be forewarned, benzoyl peroxide can be drying and can also bleach your bathroom towels! You can also read up on probiotics for acne and honey for acne treatments.

Reason: hormonal acne

Hormonal acne is the pits. And, even worse, it can get worse if you keep stressing about your hormonal acne! Both women and men can experience this kind of acne. If you notice stress or your period as a trigger for your acne, it may be hormonal.

Solution: hormone balancing

We’re going to tell you the most annoying solution: chill out man. It’s easier said than done, we know. Reducing your stress levels is only going to positively impact your skin (and life). We suggest exercise, meditation, and face masks because self care can help your immediate zit problem too. And if you’re thinking of BC, yeah, birth control can make you really tired.

Reason: cystic acne

Cystic acne tends to live on the chin for many of it’s sufferers. If your pimples are large, and it feels like they’re trapped under the skin, not sitting right on top, you may have cystic acne.

Solution: Anti-Acne Routine

We suggest icing that sucker down to reduce the inflammation and pain, and follow that up with an anti-acne skincare routine. You can learn more about treating cystic acne in this dedicated blog post.

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About the author


Bio: She's a New Orleans based beauty writer, nail polish hoarder, and doughnut enthusiast. When she isn't camping out in her local coffee shop for hours on end, you'll probably find her taking selfies in front of every colorful wall she's ever seen. Follow along on Instagram @allisonmarieschmidt.

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