As if acne isn’t already annoying, the pimples on your chin can be particularly grating on your nerves. They’re painful, they’re unsightly, and sometimes they overstay their welcome and never seem to be able to leave.
If you have been trying to get rid of pimples on your chin but haven’t had much improvements, try these tips and tricks in this article. Here are the most updated tips that can help get rid of chin pimples – you can thank us later!
1. Get some over the counter medications
If you already have a raging zit on your chin, your best bet is to start applying acne medication on it. An active pimple is a bacterial infection, which means that you have to either have to wait it out or cure it.
While many people might be tempted to pop the chin pimple, we’d generally recommend that you refrain from that and instead use a proper acne medication. There are many to choose from even without having to go to the doctor.
From the drugstore, you can get acne medications with benzoyl peroxide in 5% and 10% concentrations (the higher it goes, the more effective but also the more drying it gets on your skin), sulphur, and salicyclic acid.
If you feel like you need something stronger, approach the pharmacy and get an antibiotic cream, gel, or lotion, which will go straight to the root of the problem and start killing those annoying acne bacteria.
2. Try not to rest your chin on your hand
Sometimes we’re not even aware of the various habits that we have when we’re zoning out, thinking, or just day dreaming. Resting our chins on our hand might feel like a very natural, and almost subconscious, action.
If you’re prone to chin pimples, this is one thing you need to try to be more conscious of to stop yourself from doing.
Our hands come into contact with the most surfaces in a day, and consequently pick up a ton of bacteria. Resting your chin on your palm puts your chin into contact with all those bacteria, and gives bacteria the chance to start breeding there.
3. You might want to change your toothpaste
If you don’t seem to be able to get rid of that ridiculously old chin pimple, you might want to re-evaluate your lifestyle to determine if anything frequently coming into contact with your chin might be prolonging its stay.
A common culprit that nobody seems to think about is your toothpaste.
More often than not, the foam from your toothpaste will be draped all over your chin when you brush your teeth twice a day (or more!). Many toothpastes contain a ton of drying chemicals that may help in removing dirt and bacteria from your teeth, but may in fact be too drying and irritating for your chin.
Look out for toothpastes without sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) or anything that sounds remotely like it. If this seems to make things better, then you might want to consider changing your entire wardrobe of hygiene products like your body gel and shampoos for SLS-free alternatives, as they’re a common skin irritant that may cause itchiness, dryness, and acne.
4. Don’t stress your chin out!
By that, we mean physically stressing your chin. Sometimes acne might be caused by constant pressure, even if gentle, on your chin.
This might happen if you find yourself regularly wearing anything with chin straps, like bicycle helmets or even face masks, or playing a musical instrument that requires you to press your chin against a rest.
If you do find this kind of contact unavoidable though, make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly and immediately after. After cleansing, remember to pat dry that area with a towel, rather than letting it stay wet and damp.
5. Start curating your lip products
Are you a lipstick junkie or a lip balm addict? These might be the culprits to your stubborn chin pimples.
You might be wondering why lip products would have an effect on your chin – after all, it’s not like they’re coming into direct contact with the skin there, right?
Nope. Sometimes, lip products can transfer or smudge on to your chin through movement of the lips, especially when you’re eating.
With lip colours and lipsticks, this isn’t much of a problem because they’re usually highly pigmented, and you’d immediately wipe them away once you notice that happening. Lip balms and lip glosses, especially those that are colourless or very sheer, would be more invisible and therefore more insidious in causing chin pimples from wax buildup on your skin.
If you have to use a lip balm, get one that is unscented and non-flavoured, which reduces the chances of anything in it irritating your skin and causing those chin pimples. Also avoid any lip product that produces a minty, cooling sensation on your lips.
6. It could be the food that you eat
The food that you eat can sometimes be triggering inflammation on your chin area without you realising. While foods aren’t usually direct causes of acne, they may sometimes aggravate inflammation, causing us to break out.
If you suspect a food item may be the cause of your chin acne, consider keeping a food journal so you can track the food you eat against the instances of pimples. Also, remember to clean your mouth area (including the chin) after every meal to make sure that you keep the chin area clean.
7. If all else fails
If none of the above apply to you, or you’ve tried them all and nothing seems to work to get rid of your chin pimples, then consider the possibility that it might be due to hormones, a condition common in women.
If this is the case, it’d be best to consult a doctor, gynaecologist, or dermatologist, who will be able to prescribe to you medications to help with that.
These medications will typically be either tretinoin creams applied on the skin, or even birth control pills (they help with regulating hormones too).