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Face Mapping: What Are Your Acne Breakouts Telling You?

I love helping people discover different, inexpensive, and all-natural ways of improving their skin care routine.

Understand where your acne zones are and what they mean about your internal health.

Understand where your acne zones are and what they mean about your internal health.

Do you persistently get acne in the same areas of your face?

It's possible to understand what causes your acne by looking at where it appears most often. Face mapping is the process of dividing the face into sections and finding the connections between the areas of the face and our internal body systems and organs. I myself have suffered from acne from the age of 13, and here I find myself, twenty years later, still suffering from occasional, sometimes unexplainable outbreaks. Face mapping and a few basic tips have helped me control, minimise and understand many of my breakouts.

How do you Face Map your Acne Breakouts?

Face mapping is also called face reflexology. It is an ancient Chinese and Indian method of skincare that focuses on zones of the face, such as the forehead, chin, and nose, and on the connections those zones are believed to have with our internal organs. By understanding these areas, it is possible to decipher what is going on inside your body and why acne breakouts occur repeatedly in the same places.

This is by no way a definitive answer to the war on acne, but it is a good start. Do not forget that your hygiene, diet, hormones, and even genetics can also play a part in causing acne - but a little knowledge can go a long way!

Repeated acne breakouts on the forehead can be a sign of toxin build-up, poor digestion, and dehydration.

Repeated acne breakouts on the forehead can be a sign of toxin build-up, poor digestion, and dehydration.

What Causes Breakouts on Your Forehead?

Outbreaks on your forehead can be a result of toxin build-up, usually related to poor digestion and dehydration (lack of water).

  • Drinking water helps to flush the toxins out of your body, so boost your water intake and have a look at the foods you are eating. Remember, it is recommended you have at least eight large glasses/64oz of water every day. Note, too much water can have a detrimental effect on your body and some of us really can't have that much due to medical restrictions. Be sure to check with your doctor/health care provider how much water is right for you.
  • Minimise your intake of fizzy and caffeinated drinks. Consider switching to herbal teas and decaf coffee. Green tea has many detoxifying and health benefits and can be made sweeter with a slice of lemon or tea spoon of honey!
  • Keep a food diary and see if you can pinpoint what food groups cause your skin to break out. For example, if you consume a lot of dairy and then break out, you could have a form of lactose intolerance that is effecting your digestion.
Nose inflammation is associated with poor heart health and high blood pressure.

Nose inflammation is associated with poor heart health and high blood pressure.

What Causes Acne on the Nose?

According to Chinese medicine, our nose is linked to our heart. An inflamed nose can be an indication of high blood pressure. Acne is a form of inflammation.

  • If you are someone who drinks energy drinks throughout the day, cut back. This won't just improve your skin, but will be much more beneficial for your health all-round! If you find your energy dipping in the afternoon, try snacking on nuts (diet permitting!)
  • Eat slow energy-releasing foods such as beans, legumes, bananas, sweet potatoes and eggs.
  • Eat less salt and up your fruit, and vegetables intake.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle improves our heart heath, reducing the risk of heart related conditions.
  • Reduce your alcohol intake or consider quitting alcohol altogether.
If you have regular break-outs above your nose and between your eyes, your diet and lifestyle might be taxing your liver. Avoid late-night meals, eat more leafy greens, and be sure to get enough rest.

If you have regular break-outs above your nose and between your eyes, your diet and lifestyle might be taxing your liver. Avoid late-night meals, eat more leafy greens, and be sure to get enough rest.

What Causes Acne Between Your Eyes?

Any redness or flakiness in this area is linked to your liver.

  • If you are someone who enjoys eating out a lot, you may be consuming too many rich ingredients. Try to avoid too much cheese, butter, cream, and oils. Takeaways are also really high in salt, saturated fats and sugar, so try to cut it back, benefitting your skin and your bank balance!
  • Do not eat late at night! Studies have shown that the body’s metabolism starts to slow down in the evening. Try to avoid eating late at night, especially right before bedtime, as your body will not break down the food as effectively. This can lead to a toxin build-up. For optimum food digestion, you want your last meal/food to be consumed 2 - 4 hours before you go to bed.
  • If you have regular meal times, try to move your evening meal to before 9 p.m. Some experts even recommend eating before 7 p.m.
  • Love your liver by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, eating leafy greens, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking, and reducing your fat intake.
Acne on your upper cheek could be a result of smoking or exposure to smoke, pollution, or bacteria.

Acne on your upper cheek could be a result of smoking or exposure to smoke, pollution, or bacteria.

What Causes Acne on Your Upper Cheek?

Your upper cheek is linked to your lungs. If you have breakouts and broken capillaries in this area, this can be caused directly by smoking and passive smoking. The air you are breathing will show in this skin on this area of your face. If you live in a highly polluted area, you are more likely to break out on your upper cheeks. Also, if you sleep on the side of your face, or use your mobile phone, germs and dirt can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

  • Change your pillowcase at least once a week.
  • Wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.
  • Eat foods that support healthy lungs, including kale, sprouts, and pumpkin.
  • If you smoke, try looking for some support and advice to quit. Not only will your skin benefit, but your overall health will improve too!
Acne on your lower cheek could be related to poor dental hygiene.

Acne on your lower cheek could be related to poor dental hygiene.

What Causes Breakouts on Your Lower Cheeks?

Breakouts on your lower cheek can be an indication of poor dental hygiene. If you have any infections in your mouth, especially involving your gums, this will show on the outside.

  • Always keep on top of your dental health. Brush, use mouthwash and floss twice a day! Consider investing in an electrical toothbrush for optimum cleaning.
  • Aim to visit your dentist every 6 - 12 months, not only will this keep your teeth and gums in a great condition, but if there are any problems, your dentist will have the chance to spot them before they become bigger problems!
  • With that being said, don't just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment. It's beneficial to visit the dentist even when there isn't a problem!
  • Reduce fizzy drinks, sugary snacks, and make sure to get enough calcium in your diet.

What causes Pimples Behind Your Ears?

Acne along and under the ears that can be painful. Your ears are linked to your kidneys, which means that break-outs here reflect your kidney and elimination health.

  • If you are not drinking enough water or have too much salt and caffeine in your diet, this could explain acne in this area.
  • Remember, your body generally needs around eight large glasses/64oz of water a day.
  • Cut back on food with a high salt content.
  • Try caffeine-free tea and coffee.
  • Cranberry juice and legumes are great for promoting healthy kidneys.
If you break out along the side of your chin, it could be hormone-related. Acne along your lower chin, however, could be the result of poor diet.

If you break out along the side of your chin, it could be hormone-related. Acne along your lower chin, however, could be the result of poor diet.

What Causes Chin Acne?

Like many women, I break out along the side of my chin when my period is due. This area is related to hormones.

  • If you are not getting enough sleep or find yourself stressed-out, you are likely to break out here too. The average person needs roughly 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Are you getting yours?

Your lower chin is also linked to your small intestine, so a poor diet or food allergies could cause you to break out in this area.

  • Look at your diet: Are there any specific food groups, such as dairy or wheat, that cause uncomfortable digestion or breakouts in this area? Try keeping a food diary to see which foods trigger the breakouts.
  • Do you eat lots oily foods? Make sure you clean around your mouth after eating to stop any build up on the surface.
  • Daily probiotic drinks, fruits, vegetables, fish, and seeds will all help maintain a healthy intestine.
Acne on the chest or neck is usually related to stress.

Acne on the chest or neck is usually related to stress.

What Causes Breakouts on Your Chest and Neck?

Breakouts on the chest are usually due to stress.

  • Practice stress-relieving activities, such as yoga and meditation to control and reduce breakouts in this area.
  • The clothes you wear and the products you wash them in can irritate your skin and cause breakouts here too. If you've changed your detergent lately, this could be the culprit. Same goes for new body washes, body moisturisers and perfumes.
  • Asparagus, almonds, and tuna have been reported to have stress-relieving properties.

Take Care of Your Body and Skin!

These ways of understanding acne will not ring true for every acne sufferer, but they can be used to begin thinking about what your acne says about your body. There are many external and sometimes uncontrollable factors that cause acne. There is no perfect solution. By taking good care of your body and leading a healthy, active lifestyle, you can start to make the changes to improve your skin's condition!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Sarah Campbell


walmarttom on August 27, 2018:

I have pimples everywhere so I have all the problems in the world

QuiinHome on August 26, 2017:

Dermalmd blemish serum is a perfect for someone who is trying to get their acne under control. It doesn't clog poreso, but it doesn't keep my face nice and soft. I use the serum humane acne wash with this. It fixed my face up in one month! My self confidence has never been this high.

seth anthony o'brien on August 09, 2017:

i love penises so u know i have pimples.

Alex on May 28, 2017:

Imtiaz Awan -How funny once in a while my father and I get them on the back of upper arms. They are not visible heads but feel slightly bulged, with a very slight tint of a white pocket under. When squeezed they almost make a sound/ vibration, pop out entirely and instantly in a short dry white glob. They are not stringy and long with continuous pressure out of a visible pore, but rather pressure bursting through the skins path of least resistance. I do not notice a specific pore or top. They are hard to identify since feeling small bulge pockets and possibly barely and slightly a white look under the skin. I have also seen these on the side and top of the cheeks on the shoulder bone under the temple.

MariaILieva on May 12, 2017:

I recently had a lot of breakouts between my eyebrows and on my chin. Used Dermalmd Blemish Serum for a few days and my skin looked significantly better. It's very strong, so I recommend only using a little bit, and maybe like once daily or every other day. Otherwise it would dry out your skin. Use a lot of moisturizer after application.

Imtiaz Awan on September 30, 2016:

I have acne on back side of upper arm. Is it serious issue? If yes, what is its treatment.

beautiful s on May 04, 2016:

I had acne right up until I was 30 years old and then I realized my acne was caused by 2 reasons:

(1) Spicy foods - they caused me to break out. Spicy food creates inflammation in the gut—from an upset stomach and this inflammation can also be seen on the skin with acne.

(2) Using the wrong products. I was using really harsh acne products, but my skin is sensitive! I tried all of them, and the best products for my sensitive skin were Citrus Clear's Sensitive Wash. Its strong enough to take the old off my face, but doesnt strip it. It also have that Vitamin A Retinol thing, which is great for clearing oil.

Try both of them !

Michelle on April 04, 2016:

It's been a while since you have been on. The photos you posted up for this article, are they the same woman? The one between the eyes liver. Those are my eyes. Could be hers, but look just like mine.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 17, 2015:

Fantastic hub on face mapping with acne! I have blackheads on my back and one or two on my head. This should help me out on how to get rid of them. Any ideas?

Rebecca on November 24, 2015:

I suffered from cystic acne and started using Apple cider vinegar with mother like this is the only thing that is worked

Megan-Lee Collins on May 16, 2014:

The space between your eyes above your nose is called the glabella :)

Niamh on February 01, 2014:

I'd just like to say thank you for this article, I'm 16 and suffer mild moderate acne and I have just bought some dermalogica face wash and creams, but now I'm going to try and maintain my diet teeth and water intake much more

Kat on January 26, 2014:

According to this article I'm doing everything wrong which is impossible because I eat very well, exercise, sleep, change my pillow case and use only chemical-free products! I've tried hormone balancing supplements and other vitamins; face masks and lemon juice and all kinds of things that NEVER work. I think there's a demon inside me that WANTS me to hate myself.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 25, 2014:

Hopefully it will help your son out!

Thanks for the comment!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 25, 2014:

Glad you've found something that works for you! It can take a lot of trial and error to find what works but once you do it's an awesome feeling!

Thanks for the comment!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 25, 2014:

2-4 cups of hot lemon water sounds like A LOT! Pretty much everything I've read has always recommended 1 - 2 cups at most a day, I guess for a full system detox/cleanse it's different? Interesting!

Thanks for the comment!

Stephanie on January 17, 2014:

I just started a 21-day detox cleanse of drinking 2-4 cups of hot lemon water (half a lemon per day) each morning before eating or drinking anything else. It's supposed to clean up your facial acne and improve your skin altogether.

I get that hormonal acne on my chin all the time, but also suffer from digestive problems. Hopefully this cleanse will attribute to some improvement!

Goddess Nancy on January 14, 2014:

I have been suffering from acne around my nose for years, and it comes on and off. My skin is very sensitive, and whenever I try beauty products in a store I come away with something bad. I started using the Citrus Clear products - and I was so impressed. I use Citrus Clear Wash twice everyday, and it is helping clear out the acne. I love that its all natural too. . .Yes it is drying, but there are moisturizes that cure that

Dan Reed on January 09, 2014:

I will be trying this with my son and see if we can't pinpoint something. Thanks for sharing.

Halcyone from San Francisco on January 01, 2014:

Wow, that was informative - and kinda scary! I always break out on my chin, and have always had digestive and intestinal issues...

Violet Redfield from Australia on December 29, 2013:

Really interesting stuff! I get the hormonal ones on the side of my chin. Was about to ask about back acne but can see other people have asked, might do a google search and see.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 29, 2013:

Ive replied to a few comments about this so I'll be writing up a hub this weekend all about it, hopefully that will help you out!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 29, 2013:

Glad you enjoyed the hub! Hormonal acne is so frustrating but at least we know it will be over in a few days! Do your best to avoid popping them. If they make you self conscious there are some great concealing techniques on YouTube!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 29, 2013:

Generally that is caused by over active sebaceous glands, just like on our face! The glands produce too much sebum and oil which clog pores and follicles. Tight, abrasive clothing and excessive sweating can all cause back/butt acne.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 29, 2013:

If you can, try a product called 'bio oil', its great at fading old scne scars. There is also a home remedy involving lemon juice that can help reduce the visibity of acne scarring. Acne scars take a very long time to fade but you'll get there!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 29, 2013:

Im glad the hub has helped! Adult acne us much more common, if only it did end in our teens! Chocolate doesn't necessarily cause acne, if eaten in moderation! With make up it can be trial and error to find a brand that suits yiur skin type but as long as your thoroughly cleanse and remove the make up this should help stop make up related breakouts in their tracks!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 29, 2013:

Back acne is pretty much caused in the same way as facial acne. Your back and body have the same sebaceous glands which produce oil and sebum that block pores and follicles. Your back has more sebaceous glands per square inch than elsewhere on your body making back acne more common. Wearing tight, abrasive clothing and excessive sweating can make the back acne worse too. As for birth control, there are many different type of tablets so I would visit your dr and see about trying another version.

Shoeshine on December 17, 2013:

Yes what about back acne?

heatherlund from Tacoma, WA on December 16, 2013:

I have the wonderful hormonal acne on the side of my chin, I always breakout around my period and when I'm ovulating. Great hub!

Angel on December 06, 2013:

P. S. I forgot to ask about acne on the back and buttocks—particularly with men.

Angel on December 06, 2013:

BTW—I have only a few acne “scars”, but some of my zits can look more like “wounds”—and take MONTHS to completely disappear. I’ve used all kinds of scrubs, peels, and regimens just trying to keep my face “clean” (thinking THAT was the problem!); but I recently received a “Dead Sea Facial Peeling Gel” that has been absolutely AMAZING! Too early to tell about my older, “white spot”; but I had been very upset over a large, flaky, “scab” on my cheek—and IT virtually vanished after the first application! (Just in time for Holiday photos!) :)

Angel on December 06, 2013:

Amazing! Just starting getting “dandruff” in my EYEBROWS (lol) and couldn’t imagine why… My doctor just added “coconut oil” to my Daily Drug Diet! I have been chronically ill for the past 25 years, with a wide variety of health issues. I can personally attest to the plausibility of the causes—and EFFECTS—listed for all nine zones. Unfortunately, I can’t do much about my poor health, but at least now I have an explanation for why I’m 45—and still getting zits! I don’t eat chocolate (lol), I rarely wear make-up, and I’m well past puberty. Yet I always seem to have at least one, somewhere, coming or going—and in assorted shapes and sizes. The most perplexing have been the latest addition of little tiny bumps on my chest. But stress? Well…that would explain it! (lol) Thanks for the enlightenment! 

Jackie on October 24, 2013:

I break out everywhere, but my worst places are my chest and side of chin. Stress is inevitable because I have a chronic illness....and the hormonal imbalances are also from that (I have type 1 diabetes). I have been taking birth control which should've controlled my acne, but nothing has changed. Even went the route of Accutane and while that cleared up my acne for a while, it's come back just as worse. What does acne on your back mean?

healthmunsta on October 03, 2013:

I used to get acne on my face and chest, and I can vouch that good diet and meditation techniques to combat stress are great ways to combat this kind of acne.

Very helpful hub, thanks for sharing!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on August 13, 2013:

@vishakha thanks for the comment!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on August 09, 2013:

@Shweta - I have yet to find a quick fix for acne scarring, mostly it's just about patience, they will fade over time. That being said I still have some scarring from my teens and I am in my late 20s now! Using a good daily SPF moisturizer is a great place to start as sun exposure cause the scars to last much longer. There are some great home remedy face masks you can try that will lighten the appearance of the scars, such as a papaya enzyme mask which will remove dead skin cells and brighten your complexion!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on August 09, 2013:

@Stacy - hormonal breakouts are the most annoying but the easiest to identify, and luckily enough most will disappear a few days after your period!

@Suw - thanks for stopping by!

@MariahT - I have found that citrus based treatments work well for acne, especially on oil skin! Glad you had such great results!

@brooklyn - thanks for stopping by, hope these tips are useful to your friend

@Kate - great to hear you've had such good results! Organic cleansers are brilliant! I'm trying to go as organic as I can with my skin care and have noticed great results!

@jamminoo9 - Im glad you enjoyed the article so much! I still find myself constantly referring back to it if I have a breakout! Multivitamins are a great idea and you can also get some fantastic zinc based products that I've heard good things about, especially with regards to anti aging!

jammin009 from visayas on July 29, 2013:

Could easily relate to this article. thanks! It's very informative. I'm looking for a great product for my pimples, too. Will try a multivitamin with lots of zinc. I heard that helps a lot. =)

Shweta on July 20, 2013:

plz tell any remedy for pimple marks..........

Kate on June 18, 2013:

Great article! I love The I'm Fabulous acne cleanser , my acne has disappeared since using this organic cleanser and my skin is not dry anymore.

brookelyn on May 14, 2013:

I think my friend that looks like a cat should use these tips lol ill text her the tweet thanks

MariahT on April 24, 2013:

I had acne on my forehead and the acne started to get smaller and even the acne on my cheeks just disappeared the next morning after using the Citrus Clear Grapefruit Spot Treatment.it works faster than proactiv! Proactiv takes like 2 weeks to work but Citrus Clear works over night.

Suw on April 15, 2013:

very useful.

Stacy on March 27, 2013:

I always break out on the side of my chin or on my chin a few days before my period, but once my period is over the acne clears up, so it is a hormonal thing, I should have known!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on February 02, 2013:

@Kathryn I'm glad you enjoyed the article! It's amazing how face mapping works, since learning about it I find it easier to pin point the cause of my acne and get straight onto treating that particular internal problem! Thanks for the comment :)

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on February 01, 2013:

I have never even heard of that. It is very interesting. Thank you for such a useful article.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 15, 2013:

@alicetom upping your water intake is one of the easiest steps you can take to improving your skin! Thanks for the comment :)

Alice from India on January 15, 2013:

i like your hubs... i always suffer from acne.. very true it is my diet n less of water..there is never time for all that.. thank u ... very helpful. voted up!!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 11, 2013:

@thekatsmeow thank you so much! I'm glad you've found it so helpful! Thanks for the comment! :)

Katee Shew from Canada on January 11, 2013:

This HUb is awesome!!!! I love all the information that is included here! As someone who has had to deal with problem skin for most of my life I can tell you that this hub was very helpful. Voted up! Great content!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 11, 2013:

@nyu grad, I've been using the neutrogena grapefruit wash for about 3months and I love it! I use it every other day and it's really brightened up my overall complexion! Thanks for the comment :)

NYU Grad on January 11, 2013:

I hate those pesky pimples on my forhead and even in my 20s I still used tro have them, and it was absolutely a drag! I've tried a whole bunch of different ance products, however, the only thing that worked what the Grapefruit Glycolic Wash from Made from Earth. I think the organic products work better for me in general.

I use this Grapefruit Wash from Made from Earth daily because it really does swipe off oil and daily debris from your face. It doesn't strip away all the oil from your face, so it doesn't dry your skin, but removes just the top layer of oil. Second, I really really love the smell of hte pink grapefruit. COmpared to other ance products, this one smells the best.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 11, 2013:

@kitkat1141 the human body really is amazing isn't it! And it tells is what we need, we just need to know how to read it! Thanks for the comment!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 11, 2013:

@ronna I love how parents are passing this information onto their kids! I wish I had know just half of this when I was growing up! It would have made such a difference! Thanks for the comment!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 11, 2013:

@shane thanks for the comment!

Shane Bell from Austin, Texas on January 10, 2013:

Very interesting and informative

RonnaPennington from Arkansas on January 10, 2013:

Very timely for me! I'm going to have my daughter drink more water. We're already eating home-cooked meals more. Voted up, interesting, and useful!

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on January 10, 2013:

This is a very interesting article. I really believe what is happening inside our body can leave signals on our skin. I know Omega 3 deficiency can be picked up by having little bumps form on the outside of the upper arm, near the shoulder. Whenever my daughter gets those, I give her omega 3 pills for a few weeks, and they go away. The body is fascinating!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 10, 2013:

@marpi Glad you've found it useful :) thanks for the comment!

Marpi on January 10, 2013:

Thank you for this very interesting and useful hub!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 10, 2013:

@livingtwentyfirst thanks for the comment :)

Betty Tobiko from Mombasa. on January 10, 2013:

Thanks Saloca,this one was very useful.Cant say more.Thanks

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 10, 2013:

@carrie lee When I was a teenager I made the mistake of using such creams and they destroyed my skin for such a long time! 15 years on and I'm only just managing to clear up the scarring those acne creams caused! They most definatly made my acne worse and I wish I'd never used them! Used with caution they can help but most teens keep plastering the cream on day in - day out and suffer all the more for it!

Thanks for the comment :)

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on January 10, 2013:

Saloca: Interesting article :) Enjoyed the read because I suffer from acne that comes on and off since I was 12. I still get it, but I usually can predict what causes it. I use acne medication on my face, it helps but I still get breakouts. Did you know if you use certain acne medications it dries you skin out so much that your oil glands start to produce too much oil thus leading to more breakouts? Thanks again for this article :) Have a wonderful day

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 10, 2013:

@tvfor200 stress can be such a big cause of acne but most people never relate the two! Stress puts our body under so much pressure, it's bound to show in some form or another!

I'm glad the piece held your attention and you enjoyed it so much! I hope the advice works out for you! Thanks for the comment! :)

tvfor200 on January 09, 2013:

I just started with this hub stuff tonight and my mentor suggested I start by reading hubs that might interest me. Well I saw yours and having had a life of break outs I thought it might be interesting...it was. I typically get bored reading long articles or email and I have to admit your hub held my attention all the way through. Not sure if you researched face locations but I certainly will pay more attention to situations. Would also like to add, one guarantee that will cause me to breakout is Stress. It isn't particular to a certain location but rest assured the little bugger will eventually show up!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 09, 2013:

@keeley I'm so glad you've enjoyed it and found it so useful! It's amazing how our skin can tell us so much about what's going on inside our body!

Thanks for the comment :)

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on January 09, 2013:

Really great hub! I didn't realize different areas of your face were linked to other parts of your body when it comes to break outs. Thanks for an excellent hub with lots of useful info. Voted up and useful!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 08, 2013:

@kittykfree your very welcome! Thanks for the comment! :)

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 08, 2013:

@frozenink thanks for the comment! :)

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 08, 2013:

@SINewsome I'm glad you've enjoyed it! This is probably my favourite hub out of all the ones I've wrote so far! Thanks for the comment :)

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 08, 2013:

@cait yes, the upper lip area is similar to the chin, it tend to be issues with stomach/digestion that can cause acne in that particular area!

Thanks for the comment :)

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 08, 2013:

@oanaboteanu thank you for such kind words! Once we know what's causing our acne is makes it so much easier to treat! Thanks for the comment :)

OanaBoteanu on January 08, 2013:

Awesome hub, thanks for this. I can relate to this hub and identify things I do that provoke those breakouts. Beautifully written, voted up.

Megan Garcia from Florida on January 07, 2013:

I never realized there was a connection between where you get acne and what causes it. I broke out horribly during the end of my pregnancy on my jawline/lower face and it has kinda stayed that way since.

Caitlin S. from Norman, OK on January 07, 2013:

This is really interesting. Do you know about the ones that show up by your lip, or is that considered the side of chin? I always seem to get them there.

Sophie Newsome from New York on January 07, 2013:

I love this hub! I've heard about this before, but you really break it down well.

frozenink on January 07, 2013:

Very interesting and useful. Voted up and shared! Great hub!

Kitty K. Free on January 07, 2013:

Thank you for sharing!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 07, 2013:

@kittykfree I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment!

Kitty K. Free on January 07, 2013:

Very interesting.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on January 05, 2013:

Thank you for your kind words! Though I'm not a skin specialist by trade, I do have a huge interest in the care and protection of our skin, reading and writing extensively about it and experimenting with products and methods to find out what works and doesn't! Its become a little mission of mine to understand acne and how best to treat it and pass on as much of this information as possible! For more information on skin care and acne please check out my other hubs on the subject!

Thanks for the comment! :)

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 21, 2012:

My acne was at its worst when I was 16 so I know how she must feel! I wish I knew then what I know now about skin care! I hope this article helps her out! Thanks for the comment :)

Marco Piazzalunga from Presezzo, Italy on December 21, 2012:

hello Saloca,

I have absolutely to encourage my daughter to read this hub, because most likely be able to better focus its research to find the cause of hes annoying and embarrassing acne, as a sixteen.

Thank you for these very unusual and informative tips.


Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 20, 2012:

Water helps to flush all the toxins from our system, so when we're clean on the inside it shows on the outside! Thanks for the comment! :)

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on December 20, 2012:

Very interesting!! I think water is a huge part of my problem. Thanks for the tips!

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on December 20, 2012:

If only we could buy the willpower to not pick them! Thanks for the comment! )

Claudia Tello from Mexico on December 14, 2012:

Not much can be done about acne but I agree with you in that not picking them is key to lessening their effects. They disappear much quicker and without damage if one leaves them alone.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on November 25, 2012:


Ninasvoice from England on November 25, 2012:

Great hub, very useful. voted up :-)

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on October 31, 2012:

I'm glad you've found it interesting and helpful! Our face is a great indicator as to what's going on inside out bodies!

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on October 31, 2012:

Ahhh that is interesting. I only get acne in one place really, the left side of my chin a few cm below the corner of my lip. After my teens I stopped getting any anywhere else, and this just started flaring up a year ago, just the one place no where else. Clearly I need more sleep and less stress!! Thanks very interesting hub

Om Paramapoonya on August 17, 2012:

So interesting! I almost always get acne near the chin area a few days before my period, too. Never got breakouts on my chest or neck. I guess my stress level is not too high. Rated up, interesting and useful.

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on July 29, 2012:

So happy it's helped you out! Once we know what's causing our acne it's so much easier to get under control.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on July 25, 2012:

Wow - this is really really interesting. I actually was pinpointing exactly where my breakouts were occuring... and basically mine are hormonal and from stress. Fantastic hub and great job!

K.A.E Grove from Australia on March 21, 2011:

fantastic hub! thanks for sharing such useful information

Sarah Campbell (author) from Liverpool, UK on March 21, 2011:

Thanks SummerSurf! Glad it was of some use!

SummerSurf on March 19, 2011:

Useful hub ...can relate to this in a number of ways. Thanks.

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