What’s Causing Your Chin Acne?

Chin acne is often an annoying and painful skin issue that causes an obvious physical impact. It is important to note that while chin acne does occur because of topical issues; there are also many other factors that contribute to skin disruptions specifically on the chin. Knowing what causes chin acne is the first step to effective treatment.

Hormonal Imbalances

One of the leading causes of chin acne is the hormonal imbalance. This is particularly true for women. Many women experience chin breakouts in as little as a few days up to two weeks before their menstrual cycles. Menopausal women also report chin breakouts as the hormone levels in the body change.


Effective ways to treat chin acne due to hormonal imbalances include:

  • Time-In most cases, chin acne related to menstrual hormone fluctuations clear up after the menstrual cycle is complete.
  • Hormone Replacement-Some menopausal women notice a decrease in chin acne once they incorporate an estrogen replacement which helps to balance hormone levels.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that results in elevated male sex hormones such as testosterone in females. Elevated testosterone levels in women can lead to a variety of symptoms such as the growth of facial hair, hair loss (male pattern baldness), fertility issues and acne breakouts, especially on the chin and jaw.

Treating chin acne due to PCOS involves a multi-faceted treatment program which includes:

  • Eating a healthy diet-Consuming more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat diary.
  • Exercise-Exercising can help with weight loss which in turn reduces hormonal imbalances.
  • Hormonal Therapy-Many physicians prescribe hormonal medications such as birth control pills, vaginal rings, and patches to treat chin acne and other symptoms caused by elevated testosterone levels.


Leading a high-strung, always on the go, anxiety-filled lifestyle is sure to cause chin acne. This is because your body produces DHEA-S, an androgen hormone, that is directly linked to stress levels. The higher your stress levels, the more DHEA-S is produced resulting in acne on the chin and along the jawline.[1] Remember, testosterone is an androgen. High-stress levels tend to increase testosterone levels which in turn will increase your chances of stress related chin acne breakouts.

Effective treatment methods for stress related chin acne include:

  • Meditation/Mindfulness Practices
  • Yoga/Pilates/Stretching
  • Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Poor Diet

    If you have been wondering what causes chin acne, all those trips to your local fast food joint contribute are the culprit. A healthy diet composed of fresh fruit and vegetables help to cleanse the body and provide proper nutrients that support skin health.[2] Water consumption is equally as important as it helps to keep you hydrated while removing toxins from the body.

    Foods to Eat

    · Fruits and vegetables (preferably in their whole, original state)

    · Whole Grains*

    · Water-Drink at least half your body weight in water each day. Ex., if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume at least 75 ounces of water a day.

    Foods to Avoid

    • Processed foods all of all kinds
    • Too much caffeine
    • Alcohol
    • Sugar

*If you have issues with gluten or other food sensitivities, you may want to eliminate whole grains as they can actually cause chin breakouts.

Intestinal/Gut Issues

Your intestinal health can play a significant role in chin acne. Issues such as constipation can make it difficult for the body to properly eliminate waste products. These waste materials remain in the body creating a toxic environment which can affect your skin health.[3] Regular bowels movements are essential to reducing chin acne.

Ways to improve intestinal health include:

  • Eat foods high in fiber (apples, broccoli)
  • Perform a colon cleanse or colonic-This will remove any built up gunk in your colon.
  • Abdominal Massage-This is an excellent way to keep yourself regular and get things "moving."

Now that you know what causes chin acne you are in a better position to take the necessary steps to treat this condition.

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