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What your acne breakouts are telling you

Breakouts are a bummer. We all know the feeling of shock and despair of spotting an angry zit on your otherwise flawless complexion. Before you look at yourself in the mirror and scream in anger “Why Me?!” take a deep breath. There’s always more to a breakout than meets the eye – and where they appear on your face can be the key to decoding them and stopping them for good. Here is your guide to decode what your breakout is telling you.

Chin, Jawline, and Neck Acne

Hormonal imbalances cause acne on the lower half of the face – the chin, jawline, and neck. It tends to be more cystic in nature rather than showing up as whiteheads or blackheads. While hormonal acne is synonymous with teenagers, acne in adult women also shows up mainly on the lower face.

What to do?

  • Develop a comprehensive regime:

Being stressed leads to hormonal surges that amp up sebum production. When you’re approaching a deadline at work or a test at school, you can notice a breakout in the area of your face that tends to get the most oily – like the T-zone. Taking care of your skin and having a routine can help you regain control of your skin. That means having a gentle, effective exfoliating toner, moisturiser and a sunscreen with an active serum depending on your skin type.

  • OTC

Treating acne which is stubborn can be an effective way to get rid of scars and active pimples. Products that contain Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid kill acne-causing bacteria. If the pimples are red and angry, try Benzoyl Peroxide. If you suffer from more blackheads or whiteheads, go for salicylic acid. It can help open up pores and remove excess oil from the skin.

  • Eliminate Dairy

Eliminating dairy and consuming probiotics can calm inflammation and limit your intake of pimple causing hormones. Target affected areas with plants and seeds naturally high in antioxidants that improve the look of the skin.

Hairline Acne

Acne along the periphery of your face, along the hairline can be a result of hair products that are blocking pores around your face. It can also be a result of sweating from your scalp, hair oils or dandruff flakes that cause irritation on the skin.

What to do?

  • Don’t overdo the makeup

While concealer and foundation can help cover up pimples, they don’t always allow the acne to heal completely. Layering on the concealer can cover up the acne temporarily, but can make it worse in the long run. Make sure whatever you’re using is non comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores or cause pimples. Try the Ilana Soft blur concealer and foundation that has SPF and nourishing ingredients.
Remember to wash off your makeup before bed. Don’t scrub it away but use a double cleanse method to melt away the makeup and oil on your face.

  • Say yes to sunscreen
The sun interferes with your immune system and its ability to fight off acne. While people believe that being in the sun can dry out your acne, it might get better first before it gets a lot worse. Vitamin D is important. But unprotected exposure can do long term damage to your skin.


When you see red, angry spots on your cheeks, chances are it’s your cell phone and pillowcase to blame. Your phone accumulates plenty of grime and harmful bacteria during the day with its constant use. Pillowcases can cause acne mechanica, or a condition where acne props up because of materials coming in contact with your face.

What to do?

  • Wipe down your phone

Wiping down your phone is a must, even if you feel like it looks clean. Try not to use strong anti bacterial wipes as they can aggravate the skin further. A great hack is to use headphones while speaking to people so your phone never comes in contact with your sensitive skin on the face.

  • Change your pillowcase

Overtime, dirt and oil transfer to your skin, clogging pores and causing blemishes. In addition to choosing natural fabrics like silk, launder your pillowcase every two to three days to keep them, and your skin clean.



Unhealthy eating and stress are the possible offenders of forehead pimples. Your forehead is linked directly to your digestive and nervous systems. Poor gut health, dietary choices and stress induce breakouts on your forehead.

What to do?

  • Avoid Sugar

Avoiding sugar , eating fewer processed foods, drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and getting in your beauty sleep are all effective forms of acne control on your forehead.

  • Tea Tree Oil

 Using tea tree oil and salicylic acid controls oil production and shrinks pores for clearer skin that is less prone to acne and breakouts.
No matter the type of acne you face, the basics of tackling it are the same. Invest in good quality skincare. This doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive, but take the time to understand which products are backed by results and will complement your skin type. A healthy lifestyle, a rested mind and being committed to your skin health can help you combat your acne.

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