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How to Get Rid of Chin Acne

Lumpy, red chin acne is one of the most challenging problems of dealing with teenage acne, because the products you can use to fix acne elsewhere on your face don’t always work on your chin. Don’t stock up on chin acne concealers, however, because simple changes in your personal health habits often can help you get rid of chin acne for good. Here are seven essential secrets for treating acne on the chin.

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There are some simple ways to help cure chin acne.


  • Chin acne is one of the most challenging acne problems, but sometimes there are simple solutions for chin acne.
  • Sometimes using brands of toothpaste and mouthwash that are SLS-free can clear up acne fast.
  • Lip balm that includes flavors and fragrances can make your skin break out.
  • If you wear a helmet when you participate in a sport or if you hold a musical instrument to your chin for hours at a time, be sure to cleanse and dry the skin of your chin when you finish the activity.
  • Treat cystic acne on the chin as soon as you see it. Tretinoin topical may help.
  • Don’t shave with a dull razor, especially on the chin or on the neck.
  • Avoid resting your chin on your hand.
  • There are no special acne products for your chin. You may just need more of the products you use for acne anywhere else on your face. One of the best sources of all the acne products you need is Exposed Skin Care.

1. Sometimes changing your toothpaste can clear up chin acne fast.

Most brands of toothpaste make a foamy lather that lifts particles off your teeth. It’s only natural to get some of this toothpaste foam on your chin. The problem is that the chemical that makes most brands of toothpaste foamy, sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium dodecyl sulphate and SLS), can make your skin break out.

Girls and women tend to be more sensitive to SLS irritation than boys and men. In some women who have acne, just getting rid of all brands of toothpaste and mouthwash that contain SLS was enough to get rid of acne on the chin. If you just don’t have the budget to buy toothpaste, mouthwash, and shampoo that is SLS-free, at least rinse very carefully to make sure you do not leave any residues on your chin.

2. Changing your brand of lip balm sometimes prevents acne on the chin and at the corners of the mouth.

Most brands of lip balm contain flavors that are chosen to keep you coming back for more. Chapstix, for example, has lip balms that combine chocolate flavor with Christmas tree scents, to remind you of Christmas every time you use the product. Other brands of lip balm taste like soda pop, candy, or tropical fruits you would eat on a vacation to Hawaii. These flavors add pleasure to using lip balm, but the chemicals that have to added to the lip balm can make your skin break out.

Rinsing your mouth every time you use lip balm would prevent chin acne but would also dry out your lips. If you have acne on your chin, try switching to a non-flavored brand of lip balm, and be sure to rinse your chin at least twice a day to prevent accumulation of wax over pores.

3. Keep pressure on your chin to a minimum to prevent breakouts on your jawline.

Football acne, bicyclist’s acne, fiddler’s chin, flautist’s chin, and other breakouts on the edges of the chin are often the result of acne mechanica, a kind of acne that breaks out when constant pressure on the chin traps perspiration in pores. The trapped sweat produces localized irritation of the skin a little like the shriveling you can see in your skin when you stay in water too long. The walls of pores flop shut and trap oil and bacteria inside.

There are two ways of dealing with this kind of acne. One is to reduce pressure on the chin. The other is to make a point of cleansing the skin immediately after any kind of activity that puts pressure on the chin. If you wear chin straps to keep a helmet on when you participate in a sport, then be sure to shower as soon as possible when your event is over. If you play the flute or the violin, rinse your skin after you play your instrument. Be sure to pat your skin dry with a clean towel when you have done your cleansing.

4. Cystic acne on the chin often can be treated with tretinoin topical.

Many people who have naturally brown skin tones have very few problems with acne as teenagers, and then get cystic acne on the chin and neck when they reach young adulthood. The underlying problem is skin that keeps on growing at a youthful rate even after the bones and muscles underlying the face have fully matured, at the age of about 20 to 22. Growing skin traps pimples and forms cysts, especially at the extremities of the face, on the jawline, on the upper neck, and on the chin.

The solution to cystic acne usually is encouraging the skin to grow even faster so cysts can open without picking, squeezing, lancing, or surgery. Tretinoin topical applied to the skin can increase skin growth so cysts open—but it’s better to start treatment as soon as possible. Smaller cysts are always easier to open than larger cysts.

5. Avoid resting your face on your hand to avoid chin acne.

Many people make a regular pose of tilting the head to one side and resting that side of chin on a hand supported by the elbow. Oils transfer from the hand to the face, and a dirty had can keep the skin on the chin constantly reinfected. Simple avoiding this posture can reduce acne on the chin and on the jawline.

6. If you shave your chin, be sure to use a sharp razor.

Dull razors sometimes bend hairs so they start to grow into a pore rather than out of it. The immune system can release inflammation to get rid of the hair that causes redness and irritation. Certain fast-growing skin types (usually, but not always, in people who have brown or black skin tones) then grow over the hair, encasing the hair and inflammatory chemicals inside a raised pink scar, causing a condition known as acne keloidalis nuchae.

It is much easier to prevent this form of chin acne than it is to treat it. Don’t shave too close, and don’t use a razor with a dull blade, especially if you have skin tones typical of Blacks or Hispanics.

7. Women’s “hormonal” acne is often more noticeable on the chin.

Many women of reproductive age get acne timed with their periods. Usually this kind of acne is most noticeable on the chin, just before menstruation.

One way of dealing with this problem is to get a prescription for birth control pills. Another way of dealing with this kind of acne is planning ahead, making extra sure to do skin cleansing and use moisturizer on the chin, beginning at the middle of the middle menstrual cycle, as progestin levels are increasing and thickening the skin around pores.

There are no special skin care products for chin acne. You may just need more of the same product you would use on the rest of your face for treatment of acne on your chin. One of the best sources of complete acne care, all products sold with a one-year money-back guarantee, is Exposed. Click here to read our Exposed Skin Care review.

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julia woodman Reply

Hi i need advice plz,eversince iv had the merina coil inserted in my womb i hve been getting terrible acne around my chin when the 1subsides the nxt 2 pops up,im at my wits end i hve ugly scaring lft behind aswell,plz plz help

January 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm Reply
Shevanne Reply

I have the same problem what I did I went to my doctor and remove my merina and gave me a prescription a pills for acne like Yasmin after a month my acne under my chin was completely gone.

March 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm Reply
Lily Reply

Hi you can do what i did and steem your face for five minuets wash your face for two minuets exfoliate your skin aspeshaly where you have your chin acne for one minuet then wash your face again for two minuets then appply ice to the chin acne for ten to fifteen minuets to get rid of swelling and redness after that apply aloe vira gelly and then when you go to bed apply WHITE toothpast and sleep with it in the morrning your chin acne will be mostly gone do this one to two times a week for one to two months and ypur acne will be gone and it wont come back if it does iy wont be as bad . Hope this helps xx

April 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply
Mamma G Reply

Get the depo shot and/or have him get a vasectomy.

April 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm Reply
Kk Reply

Depo is progesterone too

November 10, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
Katie carriiee Reply

I have bad acne on my back, four head, near the chin, and around the mouth. I wear makeup and I want to not wear it anymore. So I want my acne to be gone please help me!!! I also have some scars on my chest. Any suggestions???

May 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm Reply
Santana Watts Reply

Use bio oil to get rid of the scars it takes a few months but after a while they start to fade if you use it on your face and notice you getting more acne stop using it, it also gets rid of stretch marks, I haven't found a remedy to get rid of my own pimples but the bio oil works.

September 17, 2015 at 2:25 am Reply
Pankhuri Reply

To get rid of acne, u need to buy some medicines. Apply sacilycilic or gycolic acid foam on your face daily. Apply benzoyl peroxide at night and clindanycim and nicotinamide gel in morning. Apply these both after washing your face. If u dont wanna buy anything and need an easy remedy, do hot and cold compressions by ice and hot water. Honey and turmeric is also a good remedy. Though these natural remedies may take time, they sure will work and you will see progress. Good day

April 30, 2018 at 8:04 am Reply
Tom Reply

Thanks for this article I'm fairly sure using a dull razor is the reason for my acne and I'm having to shave my chin at 14

July 21, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply
M Reply

Scrubbing with mixtures including baking soda works wonders! Mixed fresh with raw honey before bed. Gentle scrub, leave on as long as you can stand it and rinse. Beautiful results reasonably quickly

November 21, 2016 at 1:44 am Reply
Esther Reply

you can use dermalmd acne serum It works wonders for drying out pimples !

December 28, 2016 at 7:19 am Reply
Jennifer Sandoval Reply

The same problem I'm having is white heads and black heads I never had a pimple in my life but I turned 29 and omg I broke out tremendously so it took me a while to find a good skin care I have sensitive skin I can't use any creams with scent but I found a oatmeal soap from the grocery store it's a Latin brand plain oatmeal and used it along with witch hazel after I washed my face and splashed the chin area with peroxide and omg they were gone in about a week I also bought Mario badescu face cleanser and incorporated it in my nightly routine and stopped the witch hazel because they both have similar ingredients and now I found the solution and the dark spots are gone due to the peroxide it works as a bleaching

May 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply
Dee Reply

I'm 29 and have never had such bad little white heads and some big pimples on my chin and jaw line ... Make up doesn't make it look better.. You can still see all the little bumps. I hate it so much it kills my confidence and sometimes I don't even want to go to work. I am a picker if it gets bad I try to pop them and of course it makes it worse with scabs and redness ... I just wish they would go away but I'm going to try some of these remedies

July 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm Reply
Julie Reply

I use dermalmd acne serum twice a day and I don't breakout anymore. It even cleared up my chin which was constantly breaking out and just getting worse.

July 9, 2017 at 5:28 am Reply
Stephanie Reply

I have acne on my chin and i only get them there because of my period. But the problem is that my acne isn't very forgiving and it doesn't go away as quick as it should. So i get acne on my period and by the next month the acne is still there so it's just accumulating and i've tried everything.

July 11, 2017 at 12:24 am Reply
sally Reply

hi i am only 13 and have the worse back acne ever i feel scared to wear a bathing suit during the summer because i fear that everyone will stare...please help and tell me how to get rid of this

July 16, 2017 at 3:20 am Reply
Crystal Reply

Hi there! I have an acne Instagram @sugarfree_skincare and I had terrible back acne as a teenager. I quit all dairy, even butter and yogurt, avoid soy products, and stopped eating a lot of sugar and That cleared up my back acne w/In a month. Dairy is the worst.

September 17, 2017 at 10:47 am Reply
Emily Reply

I have acne on my face, especially my chin and I feel like I have tried everything I possibly can do and nothing works any sugestions?!?!?

April 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm Reply

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