Gosh. I have two big red zits on my chin now! I absolutely detest it but it seems there’s nothing I can do to prevent them from popping because these chin pimples are part of my PMS. They even have a name! Hormonal chin pimples or homonal chin acne!
I’ve learnt from my beautician some years ago that spots on the chin frequently appear around the time of a woman’s period and are an indication of hormonal fluctuations and imbalance. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women often face acne flare-ups due to the sudden surge of male hormone androgens in the serum level during premenstrual stage and pregnancy period and these adult-acne flare-ups usually occur most often on the lower face, chin, and jaw line.
Androgens are hormones that stimulate oil producing sebaceous glands to exude excess body oil or sebum through hair follicles. Therefore surplus body oil instead of reaching the skin surface clogs up skin pores along with piles of dead skin cells, thereby swelling up the hair follicles and giving rise to acne breakouts.
I don’t know about others but for me, the best way to get rid of these hormonal chin acne is to squeeze them out completely. I actually don’t use any medical or anti-bacterial cream on them but rather, I will keep the area clean by washing thoroughly, cleaning up with a toner and then leaving it to dry before I apply a serum or moisturizer containing Vitamin C like the John Masters Vitamin C Serum. By doing this, my red zit usually disappears in about three days.
I’ve also tried applying Rose Hip Oil to my pimples and that has also helped me. I know some ladies vouch for Jojoba Oil to get rid of their pimples or acne naturally too. Apparently, studies have shown that Jojoba Oil can actually help to unblock the pores and also they can prevent further clogging later on too.
At the end of the day, adult acne caused by hormone changes isn’t something we can prevent easily and treatments can vary by individuals. However, I do know that not having sufficient sleep and being unduly stressed can aggravate the skin condition. In addition, if you’re proned to such hormonal acne, do take care of your diet and try to avoid too much refined carbohydrates, sugar and caffeine. Yes, cut down on those chocolates girls!