What Pimples on Your Face and Body Mean, and How to Get Rid of Them

Updated on December 11, 2018
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Shushanik is always looking for ways to improve her skin and get rid of problems. She is sharing her findings with her readers.

Almost every woman gets a pimple or two before her period. Most of us just blame it on the hormones, throw on some concealer, and call it a day.

However, some of us get a pimple on the same spot every single time, and no amount of cream or cleanser can help get rid of it. There are a couple of different explanations.

Eastern medicine suggests that skin problems are a reflection of your inner well-being. Looking at what part of your body is prone to pimples, is said to help determine what internal health problems you might have. It's not an actual diagnosis, but it might be worth paying attention to.

Pimples on the Forehead and Bridge of the Nose

According to Chinese medicine, pimples on your forehead or above the eyebrow mean that your liver is struggling to cope with its responsibilities. Your diet is most likely dominated by fats, dairy, soft drinks, and red meat, meaning that your body is struggling to get rid of the extra toxins.

To help your body get rid of forehead pimples, start consuming less chocolate, cakes, and sugary drinks. Bake food in the oven rather than frying or boiling it. Start drinking more still water and eating food that helps eliminate toxins from the body, like boiled cabbage and baked apples. If all else fails, you can give up all dairy for a month and see if that helps your forehead clear up.

Pimples Under the Eye

Undereye pimples indicate problems with kidneys and adrenals. If you constantly get pimples in this area, you are probably very tired, have very little sleep, and are under constant stress. Your diet probably lacks essential nutrients.

Moderating your activity should help clear the under eye area. Forget about stressful ambitions and hardcore dieting—practice meditation, or watch the surface of the water to relax. Fruits and vegetables with a lot vitamin C, such as kiwi, sweet peppers, and oranges, will you stay in a good mood.

Pimples on Chest, Back and Cheeks

Pimples on your chest, back, and cheeks could mean that your lungs are overloaded. According to Eastern medicine, the lungs accumulate unbalanced, heavy, and viscous energy that cannot find a way out of your body. You might attract this energy because you smoke, don't get enough fresh air, eat lots of sweets and dairy products, or eat very little fruit and vegetables.

To balance the energy, try to spend more time every day in the fresh air. Include fresh vegetables, oatmeal, and brown rice in your diet.

Pimples on Nose (The Tip of the Nose and Nose Wings)

Chinese medicine implies that pimples on your nose indicate cardiovascular problems. This could mean that your heart may lack vitamin B and protein, or that you have an inactive lifestyle or are constantly worried. If this is the case, your skin might suffer from lack of nutrients and poor blood circulation.

To remedy the problem, add more green vegetables and fruits, fish, and whole grains to your diet. Exercise for at least one hour every day.

Pimples on the Lip and Shoulders

Pimples on lip or shoulders could indicate digestive problems. In addition the pimples, you might have indigestion, intestinal colic, or constipation. These symptoms can occur when you are very sensitive, vulnerable, and too worried about life.

To help your digestive system, put more fiber in your diet, and try to have a cup of green tea after each meal.

Pimples on Chin and Jaw

Pimples on the chin can indicate both problems with the small intestine and a hormonal imbalance. You might be nervous and sleep very little, or you might drink much coffee or alcohol. Acne on your chin can sometimes be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome, so be sure to consult a doctor if your acne is very intense or painful.

Pimples on the Neck

Pimples on the neck may indicate problems in the endocrine or digestive system. They can also be caused by colds or infections. Some foods, such as berries, broccoli, salmon or turkey may help ease symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Pimples on the Ears

Pimples on the ears often indicate kidney problems. To get rid of them, try lowering the amount of phosphorus food you consume in your diet and maintaining the right amounts of protein and potassium. You might also want to limit your dairy intake.

There is no sure-fire way to get ride of acne, but there are several things you can do to minimize you chances of getting it.
There is no sure-fire way to get ride of acne, but there are several things you can do to minimize you chances of getting it.

To get rid of those annoying pimples, there is no need for anything super expensive. Here are some ways to start seeing healthier skin.

1. Use an Acne-Fighting Cleanser

The best ingredients used in cleansers to treat acne are benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha-hydroxy acid. Benzoyl peroxide is proven to fight bacteria and inflammation, but it might also dry out your skin—use a light moisturizer afterwards.

There are several cleansers that contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, but the one I use is Humane Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Acne Treatment Body & Face Wash. It is the strongest 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser without a prescription, and it contains no parabens, fragrances, and it is not tested on animals. As an added bonus, it can be used not only as a cleanser but as a body wash as well—it helps keep my skin clear both on my face and body.

2. Use a Moisturizer That Contains Tea Tree Oil

This natural oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to spot-treat problem areas.

3. Use a Hot Towel Face Compress

Putting a hot, damp towel on your face for twenty minutes or so while you are relaxing in the bath, for example, can help open up your pores so that you can clean your pores more effectively.

4. Use Homemade Acne Face Masks

There are a number of products from your kitchen that have acne-fighting qualities when applied to skin—potato, pumpkin, cucumber, or garlic, to name a few. You can make easy DIY acne face masks and use them daily or a few times a week.

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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.

Questions & Answers

  • I'm a teenager and I have many whiteheads on my face. I can't get rid of them even after following a good skin care routine. How can I get rid of them? What should I do?

    Whiteheads are usually removed by dermatologists.

  • I'm a teenager, and I have acne on my chin. I've used a cream my doctor prescribed to me, and it works. But even if I forgot to do it one night/day the pimples combine. On my chin that happened, and it's painful. Any suggestions?

    I would suggest you to talk to your doctor who prescribed the cream.

  • How long would acne last?

    It all depends on the situation and the reason acne appears.

  • I am a child and I have acne all on my nose and forehead and had started to have acne ever since I started softball. Does softball have any effect on me getting pimples and bumps on my nose?

    No, softball doesn't influence your skin.

  • I’m a teenager, and I have had acne for three years. I had it when I was younger and it's getting out of control; I have acne marks all over my face. I’ve tried natural ways, creams everything, and nothing seems to work, and I have these pimples on my chin and forehead. What should I try?

    You should see an aesthetician who specializes in acne problems. It's hard to give any advice without seeing the skin and checking on diet lifestyle, etc. There is a Californian professional brand of skincare for acne-prone skin called Face Reality. Find an aesthetician who is certified by them. They give very good training for aestheticians specifically for acne problems.


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      3 weeks ago

      I'm a girl , an i have pimples on my forehead,cheeks,an under my nose(above my top lip), an also my chin how do I fix it ?

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      7 weeks ago

      There’s about three of these I don’t got I feel like crap from this

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      A Teenager 

      5 months ago

      I've been getting pimples on my forehead since I was very young... and I've tried so many things. I'll see if this works... I guess.

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      Stanzin chozang 

      7 months ago

      I have try many thing but can't clean pimples on face

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      7 months ago

      Hi, im 22 yr old but still have alot of acne. im wondering these white spots of my skin that turn into acne when it itchy ..it tarted when i was 12 yrs old at my back then on my face my chest, my shoulder even in my butt , im so upset about it, im felt so depressed everytime it started to itch and got a lot bumps.

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      8 months ago

      my skin is so sensitive thats why i have a lot of pimples anywhere of my body because of the foods intake like too much oil frying, olive oil,meat fats, chicken skin, tea, hot spicy, eggs... avoid this foods if you want a clear skin, eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, chicken breast, and take vitamin c and do exercise atleast 1 hour a day... believe me you won't regret! try it in just 4 or 5 days all your pimples is gone!

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      Molly Crossley 

      11 months ago

      I am having trouble with a red spot on the side of my nose what does this mean

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      16 months ago

      Thank u so much I was always wondering why do I have pimples on my for head , chin,and nose and asking my self why does my friends don't have pimples just like me now I know the reason, and I will take care of my diet every day

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      23 months ago

      Thank you! this is very helpful. Will watch my eating habits .

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      4 years ago

      I get them in my scalp, what does that indicate?

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      4 years ago

      Ya I get pimples on my jaws before my periods. This time, I also got them on my chest. It is painful and irritating.

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      harry attri 

      5 years ago

      many pimple in my face and my skin oily,please give me solution ,medicine or pimple cream any tips forward my email-harryattri21@gmail.com

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      Nicole S Hanson 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very useful! And I think pretty accurate. I get pimples right under my jaw and they just never go away! Argh.

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      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      voted up, great hub, this was completely new thing for me to read, loved it, i keep getting pimples on my chin and cheeks and now know the cause too. thanks for sharing

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      5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks Alecia.

      If they appear on the same place again and again, then it's for a reason... :)

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I never saw pimples on different parts of the body as being symbolic of another health problem. Great hub!

    • Shushanik profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks. I'm glad it's helpful :)

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      5 years ago

      Wow, thanks so much for this article.. I've learnt so much!! Good read and great info!

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      5 years ago

      How can you balance your sexual hormones to get rid of breakouts on your chin?

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      6 years ago

      This is crazy accurate!!Thanks!!

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      6 years ago

      I,m advising you to eat healthy food because is good for your health

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      6 years ago

      thankz for the help.. :)

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      7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area


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      7 years ago

      Great Hub! Very interesting! Keep it up!


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