Are Your Pimples Trying to Tell You Something about Your Health?

It matters where you’re breaking out

Your face tells you a lot more about your general health than you know. Like did you know that premature wrinkles could mean you’re not getting enough vitamin C in your diet, and bags under your eyes could indicate allergies?

Read: 8 Things Your Face Could Be Telling You about Your Health

The areas where you’re prone to getting pimples aren’t random either – they usually indicate something else is wrong in your body. If you have bad acne, then it’s important to chat to a dermatologist. But if you just suffer from annoying break-outs, it could be something more than bad luck causing them. Here are the most pimple-prone areas and what could be causing your spots.

Chin or jawline area

This area is associated with hormones, so it’s pretty common for women to break out around their chin once a month during their period. Annoying AF. You can try intensify your skincare routine the week before you’re scheduled to menstruate, adding some acne-fighting products to the mix. And if this regular sprinkling of pimples is really not working for you, you could consider going on a form of hormonal birth control, such as the Pill, to keep your hormones stable and improve your skin.


Spots on your forehead usually appear during times of stress. The best thing to do when you break out here is to be really diligent about washing your face and try to Zen-out. Eventually they will clear up.

If you suffer from pimples along your hairline, you’re probably using hair products that are clogging your pores. Mousse, hairspray, gel and oil can all have this effect, so make sure you’re washing your hair and face properly after a night of trying to pull off the slicked-back, wet-hair look.


Chest or back

Pimples found here are probably caused by the clothes you’re wearing. When you sweat in cotton fabrics, the fabric gets moist and sticks to your skin. Bacteria that causes pimples flourishes in moist conditions like this, making your sweaty spots ideal for break-outs. Try exercising only in moisture-wicking fabrics and changing out of sweaty clothing immediately after working out.


Pimples on your nose indicate that you’re under a lot of pressure as your T-zone is the most at-risk area when it comes to stress-induced break-outs. According to Chinese medicine, the area between your brows is connected to allergies, so if you’re chronically breaking out here you could be allergic to something you’re eating.


Your diet could be to blame for those pimples around your mouth. Eating super-spicy or acidic food (such as vinegar-based salad dressings) or greasy food (such as deep-fried or oily meals) could be irritating the skin around your mouth and clogging up your pores.


There is no secret message here – your body is simply trying to tell you to stop putting dirty things on your cheeks. Dirt and bacteria love to get into your pores and give you unsightly spots, so avoid touching your face without washing your hands first. Besides your hands, the biggest culprit for spreading bacteria to your cheeks is your phone. Our phones are probably the dirtiest things we own, so if you’re the type who loves a good phone call, just be aware of how long you’re pressing your cheek against it for. Would it be worth taking your calls on speakerphone instead? Sure, everyone around you would be able to hear your conversation, but it would probably make you look like a celebrity on a reality show so it seems worth it, TBH.

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