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Jaw acne: Why do I have acne on my jawline ?

Jaw acneWhy do I have acne on my jawline?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with chin/jawline acne basically lasted the entire time I had acne:

Oh my, I could go on forever about the zits I had on my chin and jawline growing up.

I got my period when I was 9 – I know, yes, super young. And around that time, I had terrible, TERRIBLEEEE acne all along my jawline.

In my mid 20s, I had terrible, terrible cystic acne underneath my jaw. If you got up close and looked under my chin, you’d see awful, awful cysts. So painful too. (I was also training to be a fitness instructor around that time ….and as extreme exercise can sometimes contribute to hormonal acne problems, this type of acne made sense.)

Facemapping for jawline acne:

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This was my 5th grade picture. You can see the jawline acne already – a clear indication of some hormonal changes.

 

Hormones are a tricky thing, my love. 

When I first got my period, jawline acne was the first type I struggled with. This makes sense when we consider that I was probably experiencing massive hormonal changes.

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me, fitness instructor-ing. The next time I really struggled with jawline acne was when I was training to be a fitness instructor. I was working out 4-5 hours a day usually for weeks on end, and I can imagine that this led to an increase in testosterone as well as a cascade of other hormonal changes.

 

I also struggled with hormonal acne throughout my entire twenties – I had gone on and off every birth control you could possible imagine (all to manage my skin) so I’m pretty sure my hormones were epically and royally EFFED at that point.

Hormonal/jaw acne was one of the trickiest areas to fix, so read below for my best tips/ideas for you.

What you can do to start to heal your jawline/chin acne from the inside-out.

  1. Do some research on the supplements estroblock, milk thistle, chaste berry/ vitex agnus castus herbs​. I can’t tell you which supplement is right for you (I am not a doctor), but these supplements have been known to help female hormonal acne especially. Do some research, and try out a few different supplement combinations – you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find! Also, check out this article on how to treat acne after stopping the birth control pill
  2. Add in some Omega 3s and 6s – which are great at lowering cholesterol and inflammation which helps with hormonal issues. Grab a list of vitamins for acne here too.
  3. Grab a probiotic, as I mentioned here. ​It will seriously help you start to balance out your digestive system a bit – which, surprisingly, will help your hormones balance.
  4. Start to cut out artificial sugars​. If you’re just getting into your acne healing journey, you’ll be surprised to know that artificial sugar can impact your acne – on a hormonal level – quite strongly. Read more on what to do if you still have acne even though you’re doing everything right.
  5. Read this article on what to do about acne after the birth control pill. It’s really informative and will give you some awesome action steps.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Lip acne: Why do you have acne on your mouth?

Lip AcneWhy do you have lip acne?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with lip acne really occurred throughout my entire struggle with acne:

Lip breakouts are usually associated with the spleen, stomach and digestion/large intestine, which is a lot like your forehead, so make sure to check this article out on why you have forehead acne as well.

I think we can all agree that getting a lip zit is basically the worst thing that could ever happen, especially if you’re in a new relationship, etc. It’s kinda my personal nightmare.

I remember I would get them all around my lips, usually a bit off to the side here and there, and they would be deeply cystic and painful.

(If you read here about forehead acne, you’ll be able to check in on some recommendations I have for digestion help.)

Facemapping for Lip Acne:

This is gonna make you giggle: in high school, I lived off of chilli cheese dogs from Wilco + a Doctor Pepper and Doritos for dinner.

I was always off to some random high school activity after school – but I was always also starving (due to poor blood sugar management)- so my friend Bridget and I would go to Wilco and pick up our daily ration of chilli cheese dogs, soda and doritos.

Need I say more about the fact that my digestion was off, and that I got lip zits on the regular at this time? Woof.

According to face mapping, skin issues around your mouth and chin area are caused by consistent exposure to “excessive dampness”. Foods that are fatty, greasy and deep-fried; and/or milk products (except yogurt), sugar and sweets, white-wheat flour, refined starch and highly processed starch products all can contribute to lip breakouts.

WHADDYA KNOW.

What you can do to start to heal your lip acne from the inside-out:

  1. Remove all processed foods and see how it goes. I would almost garantee that you’d see an improvement in…. 7-10 days.
  2. Cut the fat.You’re most likely eating some bad stuff. High amounts of fat – and especially processed foods – need to be cut out. Do not follow my example re: chilli dogs lololol!
  3. Cut back on sugar, in particular.​ One of the most important things you can do when you have these zits is to start to cut down on your sugar intake, as it’s also a contributing factor to inflammation across your entire body.
  4. Checkout this post on jawline acne, as these areas are also pretty linked via hormonal acne issues.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

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Cheek acne: Why do I have acne on my cheeks?

Cheek acneWhy do I have cheek acne?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with cheek acne was during the “college years”:

Cheek acne has often been associated with the respiratory system, lungs, breasts, being a smoker, metabolism, and/or food allergies.

Late into my acne “history” I had a lot of cheek acne.

When they first descended on my face, I freaked out. I was absolutely petrified of getting those deep pockmarked scars (um, got them anyways, fyi) and I would have paid all of my weekly American Eagle paycheck to get rid of them (hahahaha).

And I wish I could sugar coat this for you, but that’s not really me (as you may know already) I got annoying scars AND it took years for those acne scars to heal.

****** Note on this though – there are now many, many treatments to treat acne scars, and a lot of them are really, really great.******

From one acne sufferer to another – try not to have massive anxiety about your acne scars if you’re still struggling with breakouts. If you’ve just cleared your skin and you’re staring at all of the scars wondering what type of cruel universe would not only give you horrible acne, but then scars to remind you of it forever, don’t stress yourself out.

I promise, promise, promise, that even if you have deep pockmarks, there are treatments out there for you. I promise (I would not promise this if it wasn’t true) <insert kissing emoji>.

Facemapping for check acne:

During these college years, I discovered a new found love for pizza and bagels. Haha – you think I’m kidding.

Suffice it to say, as a result of my sudden gluten obsession and new <ahem> lifestyle <ahem I partied alot>, I was always bloated and my digestion was super off. I also hadn’t been tested for food allergies yet.

I eventually got tested for food allergies and discovered a slight “intolerance” for gluten. I also had allergies to a bunch of different fruits and vegetables that I was eating every single day! Once I cut those items out, my cheek acne completely cleared.

Also, I struggle with exercise induced asthma (at the very least) throughout my life, so once I got a greater handle on this, my cheek acne basically and completely disappeared.

What you can do start to heal your cheek acne from the inside-out.

  1. Get regular exercise. I know that working out isn’t always the easiest habit to pick up, but, it’s super important. When you workout, your lungs circulate out bad toxins etc. that have been accumulated during the day, helping to clear your lungs and your body.
  2. If you’re a smoker, STOP. ​That is all of the advice I have for this step because it’s quite self explanatory. Seriously. Don’t smoke. (If you do smoke, be gentle with yourself and if you can, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss how to quit:)
  3. ​Start looking for signs of food allergies. ​If you find yourself breaking out on your cheeks and/or getting hives often, look back over the past few days to see what you ate that might have caused the break out. The most common food allergy linked to acne that I see is dairy, and a close second is gluten.
  4. ​Check out “evening primrose”. ​Evening primrose oil can be a great supplement to try to help balance hormones and – bonus! – it supports better breast health. It contains linolenic acid and gamma linolenic acid which are all pretty amazing. They provide hormonal support as well as nerve function support, they promoting skin elasticity, and help to regulate your heart and mood. But, I am not a doctor and supplements don’t work for everyone, so do a bit of online research and check in with your doc. You can purchase this as a supplement or an oil, so check out the oil information here.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Temple acne: Why do I have acne on my temples?

Temple acneWhy do I have temple acne?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with temple acne was in late college, around 20 years old:

Your temples and eyes are often associated with your liver and your kidneys.

When I was in late college, I started noticing extra lines around my eyes and temples, and….they pissed me off. (Haha, if you don’t know this about me yet, I’m usually pretty open about what I’m feeling lol!)

I’m not a huge drinker – of alcohol – but I had started to drink more during that period of my life and I could see it showing up around my eyes – signs of dehydration. I also took it as a sign that maybe my liver was having a hard time “cleaning” my body out.

I started look at all of my friends who drank a lot – who I knew didn’t always prioritize hydration – and I’d notice more cystic acne on their temples, especially.

I knew that my kidneys and liver needed some support.

Facemapping for Temple Acne:

My solution for any morning hangovers in college usually meant I drank “electrolytes” lol, so that meant that at the end of the day my body was about 75% juice/gatorade/soda and maybe about 10% water.

I was dehydrated as he&* (this also contributed to the massive, massive constipation I spoke about here) so all of these items together contributed to my becoming quite dehydrated and I saw direct evidence of this on my face.

Your kidneys work really really hard for you all day long – they filter out sodium, urea and other toxins, and if they can’t filter out all of the bad stuff, that same bad stuff is going to show up in your skin for sure.

What you can do to start to heal your temple acne from the inside-out.

4 Steps to Heal Large Pores

  1. Make a water goal. I drink ~3 liters a day (about 100 ounces). This makes sense for me because I sweat every day when I work out (I stop when I’m “dripping”), but you may need a little more or a little less depending on your activity levels. Buy a water bottle, note how much it has in it in ounces, aim for a “fill up goal” of 4 times in a day (let’s say its a 20 ounce bottle) carry it around with you and you’ll be good to go.
  2. Try to add a detoxifier into your diet daily to support your liver and kidneys. P​ick up a few of the following foods at the grocery store, as they’re great in helping to detoxify your liver and your body on the whole: garlic, grapefruit, green tea, beets and carrots. Beets are an especially great detoxifier – they really get things a movin’ if you know what I mean :)
  3. Add the spice ​turmeric ​into your diet. I​t’s a great detoxifier as well and helps to assist enzymes that actively flush out bad stuff (carcinogens, etc.) in the liver. Read more about herbs for clear skin here.
  4. Grab some of these foods to help your body stay a bit more hydrated (Grab a list of 7 foods for glowing skin here as well): cucumbers (96% water!), radishes (95% water!), tomatoes, olives, flaxseeds, olive oil, sprouts, blueberries, walnuts, asparagus, celery.

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Nose acne: Why do I have acne on my nose?

Nose acneWhy do I have nose acne?

(If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!)

My experience with nose acne was during middle school:

It was around late middle school that I started getting huge nose zits.

They were so gross and annoying. Huge white heads all over my nose, and if you popped them, they just ended up bleeding like crazy. UGH. (Feel my pain?)

There was also just no covering a big nose zit – makeup is a bit more evolved now (this was 15+ years ago now), but when I was growing up make up wasn’t that high tech, so I’d just have to go to school feeling like a total and utter fool all day every day. It sucked.

Facemapping for Nose Acne:

Nose problems are often associated with your heart. There are a few stories that I’ve heard on how indicative the skin on your nose is. I’ve even heard about a few cases where doctors were able to tell that a patient had high blood pressure just by looking at her nose!

Middle school was a period of extreme stress for me. My parents were getting a divorce, I was just starting high school – I can almost guarantee you that my blood pressure and heart were under a lot of stress.  

I’ve read so many articles about the nose and it’s ability to diagnose disease – and I find it so, so interesting. I don’t know how verified this story is so don’t quote me, but I always think of the Former US President Bill Clinton; he had quadruple bypass surgery to heal significant heart disease. After this surgery – he dramatically changed his lifestyle and what he ate, lost a ton of weight, etc. – and his face completely changed; his once bright-red nose went back to a normal skin tone.

What you can do to start to heal your nose acne from the inside-out.

  1. Add in 5 vegetables to your diet today.​ Veggies automatically lower the inflammation in your body, which is great for your heart. Click here for 7 foods for glowing skin + some veggie ideas.
  2. Start taking a fish oil supplement. ​If you’re a vegetarian, grab a flaxseed oil supplement. These supplements contain essential fatty acids that are key for heart health. Here is a list of some more vitamins for acne as well.
  3. Try the supplement coenzyme Q10. ​This is a powerful antioxidant that’s produced in the body. Studies have shown that it supports eye and heart health, and it can even help regulate your blood pressure.
  4. Trim the fat, ya’ll: ​Remove alcohol, fatty foods and sweets. I know – this is such simplified advice, but it’s important!

Which action step will you take? Leave a comment below.

P.S. Love the idea of facemapping for your acne? Grab a full guide here.

Forehead acne: Why do I have acne on my forehead?

Why do I have forehead acne?  (If you haven’t read the introduction to facemapping, please grab that here. It explains my obsession with facemapping in more detail, and why the following article is so important and hopefully, extremely helpful for you!) My experience with forehead acne was during late high school: I remember in late… Read More

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