Acne is a skin disorder that usually begins during puberty, which is characterized by inflamed pimples on the face, neck, and sometimes the back, arms and chest. Acne around the chin and jawline is common in teens, but it can also be a stubborn problem older people that have mostly grown out of pubescent facial acne. It is important to treat acne and prevent it is much as possible since it can make one feel self conscious, and severe acne can leave scars.
Things You'll Need
- Face cleansing products (soap, face wash)
- Over the counter acne medication
- Medicated acne scrubs
- Prescription acne medication
Wash your chin, jawline and neck thoroughly several times a day. One of the primary reason acne develops is improper skin care. Oily skin must be washed regularly in order to reduce follicle blockage. One common problem with acne on the chin, jaw and neck is that it is usually easier to wash the cheeks and forehead, while the neck and the area under the chin is neglected.
Use a face cleanser designed to fight acne. Washing your neck is a good first step toward fighting acne, but what you wash it with is also important. For those with mild acne and fairly clear skin, normal face soap might do the job.
Apply topical acne treatment after washing. There are many popular type of acne medications that are meant to be applied to dry skin after washing, such as Oxy, and Clearasil. Look for products containing 2.5% to 10% benzoyl peroxide, which is an acne fighting agent. Products with higher benzoyl peroxide levels tend to be harder on the skin, so stick with 2.5% if your skin is more delicate.
Use acne scrubs during the day. People that are prove to get acne on the chin and jawline usually have very oily skin, which means clogging can occur during the day as oils collect on the skin. Acne scrubs are small, somewhat abrasive pads, which are often medicated with a bit of benzoyl peroxide or other acne fighting agent. By quickly scrubbing the jawline and chin with these medicated pads during the day, the less oil will be able to build up, reducing acne formation.
Get prescription acne medication. If your acne problem persists for several months despite routinely following the first four steps, you should visit a dermatologist for special. Cystic acne (acne with large noticeable pimples that tend to leave scars) on the neck and jawline often occurs in adults can be very difficult to get rid of with conventional means. This type of acne is prevalent in adult women experiencing hormonal imbalances due to the menstrual cycle and child bearing. Stress and the use of cosmetics can also contribute to the formation of severe acne. Prescription acne medication can come in topical and oral antibiotic forms, and it is much more powerful than over-the-counter treatments.