No-Simple Pimple: 3 Things Your Acne is Telling About Your Health

Woman with pimples on face

Pimples show up at the most inconvenient time, at the worst body part possible. They’re not a coincidence, though. In fact, when and where they show up says a lot about your health. Here are some of the things your acne is telling you:

1. You’re Using the Wrong Products

Makeup makes the skin pristine at the time it’s put on, but if you’re using oil-based products or those not labeled non-comedogenic, you’re wrecking your skin little by little. You will soon notice breakouts at the T-zone, cheeks, and around the eyes.

You could also be overusing hair products, which is the common reason breakouts happen at the forehead area. Choose wisely when shopping for new makeup. Wash your face thoroughly when going to bed. Be careful putting hair products so as not to irritate the forehead.

2. You’re Stressed Out

Stress does the nastiest things in the body, including acne. What happens is that the oil-producing cells in the body get activated by stress hormones. As the body produces more oil, the hair follicles on the skin are clogged. You will notice this more on your forehead and nose.

The best way to prevent the problem is to practice relaxation techniques, like breathing exercises or meditation. If you’re anticipating a stressful event in your life — let’s say, an upcoming job interview or exam, be more diligent in your skincare routine. Consult your dermatologist. Sandy skin specialists will be able to recommend a regimen fit for your skin type.

3. Your Hormones are Acting Up

Those red, bulging pimples on the lower side of your face along the jawline (and sometimes, extending to the neck) aren’t because of a bad skin care routine or fast food binging. It’s an indication of a hormonal imbalance.

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Women who have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) often experience this problem, along with irregular periods and excessive body hair. This means even if you apply the best, most expensive skin creams, the problem won’t be solved because the issue is internal. That’s why you need to consult both your OB-GYN and dermatologist to know the best treatment for your condition.

Perhaps it’s time to take a break from stress, swap those oil-based foundation creams, or tame the raging hormones.