Two of the most common areas people struggle with and where hormonal acne appears are along the jaw and around the chin due to the clogging up of pores. The reason for this is because these two areas contain hormonally sensitive hair follicles.
Think of men, the jaw and chin are where their beard grows. Hair follicles and oil (sebaceous) glands in these areas are super sensitive to male sex hormone (androgens) stimulation.
So with hormonal acne around the jaw and hormonal chin acne what happens is androgen overproduction, or sebaceous gland hypersensitivity to androgens, which triggers excess oil production and inflammation of your pores. Excess oil and dead skin cells fill the pores and inflammation close them over, causing large red inflamed pimples.
In women, there’s not meant to be much male sex hormone floating around hair follicles and oil glands in your face. But if for some reason you’re overproducing testosterone because of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), insulin resistance, coming off the oral contraceptive pill or it’s part of your genetic makeup, then you’re going to get moderate acne and dead skin cells along your jaw and around your chin.
In this situation, patients often tell me they find their acne flares up around ovulation because this is when testosterone naturally spikes.
But This Isn’t The Only Time Chin Acne And Jawline Acne Can Flare Up.
Some people can also get testosterone-driven chin and jawline acne even when their testosterone levels aren’t excessive. It can be triggered if your female hormones, particularly progesterone, are too low. This is what’s happening when you break out in chin acne before your period.
Chin acne and jawline acne flares up before your period because for many women stress hormones suppress the pre-period progesterone surge. The lower progesterone production then makes normal testosterone levels high compared to progesterone.
So instead of progesterone dominating over testosterone, testosterone dominates progesterone and overstimulates the testosterone-sensitive chin and jawline oil glands. This then triggers a pre-period hormonal acne flare-up.
Now the good news is hormonal chin acne and jawline hormonal acne treatments are not confined to the birth control pill or Accutane/Roaccutane. You can fix these hormonal breakouts naturally.
In fact, the best skincare routine for acne in women and men is natural because this way you fix the root cause of the problem, not just mask the symptoms.
The real key to fixing the root cause of hormonal chin acne and hormonal jawline acne is to pinpoint exactly what your testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone levels are. Then once we know these levels we can see what your imbalance is…
Is it high testosterone?
Or is it low progesterone or low oestrogen or both?
Or is it high testosterone and low progesterone?
Once the imbalance is identified then an individual natural hormone rebalancing plan of specific herbs, vitamins and minerals for hormonal acne treatment can be designed for you.