What Acne Can Reveal about Your Health
When blackheads or pimples appear on your cheeks, it is often due to bacteria or dirt, so we must be very careful with our facial cleansing.
Although acne has different causes and is related to hormonal changes, this problem has also been considered as a symptom of various internal health problems. Many times acne occurs due to a lack of sufficient skin care or excess oils on the skin. However, these blemishes could also be revealing that something else is going on in our body. Discover what acne can reveal about your health below!
To find out what acne can reveal about your health, it is very important to note in what area of our face it appears and under what conditions. Speaking of conditions, we are referring to hormonal changes, for example during the menstrual period, when under stress or much tension. Would you like to know what else acne could be saying about your health?
Acne on the chin, edge of the jaw, or neck
Acne on the chin, jaw or neck could indicate that you are or will be soon on your menstrual period. What happens is that during the hormonal cycle of the menstrual period, the glands produce more oil and this can clog the pores.
The solution? The best way to treat this is to apply an anti-acne treatment to the affected areas, preferably before the start of the menstrual period. If the problem becomes chronic, it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist so that he or she will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment.
Blackheads or pimples at the hairline
If you notice that this is the type of acne that affects you, it’s possible that you may be applying hair products too close to the skin or you have touched the area often with dirty hands. This occurs because these types of products contain ingredients that can clog the pores and thereby produce pimples and bumps.
The solution? Reduce the use of these types of products and be more careful the next time you wish to apply them and avoid direct contact with skin.
Blackheads or pimples on the cheeks
In most cases these are caused by some form of bacteria or dirt. These bacteria or pollutants can come from your hands or even your phone. The solution? Wash your hands frequently or use some type of anti-bacterial gel to keep them well cleaned.
It is also important to frequently clean your phone, because believe it or not, studies have shown that it can have more microorganisms than a public toilet.
Blackheads or pimples around the mouth
You may be eating a lot of fatty or acidic foods. This type of acne occurs because the remains of acidic foods cause irritation, for example lemon or vinegar-based dressings. It is also produced by very fatty foods such as potato chips, French fries, cakes or burgers. These types of foods clog the pores and thereby create the problem of acne.
The solution? If possible, you should completely remove all food debris left around your mouth after eating. For this we recommend using a damp cloth.
Acne in the “T Zone”
Pimples and blackheads that occur in the “T Zone” (which includes the forehead and nose) may be a result of the body’s struggle against stress. When we are under stress or feel a lot of pressure, our body releases adrenaline to increase the production of oil, which in turn causes the formation of bumps, pimples and blackheads.
The solution? Avoid stressful situations and take steps for relaxing.
Acne on the back or chest
In this case the acne does not reflect something involving our internal health, but it may indicate that we are using an unsuitable shirt or bra. According to some experts, acne on the back or chest can be produced by the use of cotton fabrics that absorb sweat and create a perfect environment for bacteria growth.
The solution? Avoid the use of very tight shirts and blouses, especially if they are made of cotton. Also, avoid using tight-fitting bras. The recommendation is to use moisture-wicking fabrics such as spandex (lycra) or microfiber.