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Acne on Jawline Causes, Treatments and Prevention


Acne or pimples are a nightmare to both men and women. These tiny “enemies of flawless beauty,” can be a nuisance, especially if they keep recurring, are stubborn to get rid of, or happen to be large and painful. Regardless of whether they are small zits or large pimples on the jawline, acne on the face can be irritating. 

However, the good news is that if handled correctly, acne on the jawline can become yesterday’s news. Here are a few pointers on the causes of jawline acne, treatment approaches, and remedies.

Acne along jawlines
Acne along jawlines 

Causes of pimples along the jawline

Generally, acne on the face can be caused by a variety of factors. These include hormonal imbalance, poor food choices, stress, menstruation, oily facial products, and certain medications, for instance, medicines with androgen and lithium. Acne, as a medical condition, is in most cases associated with a rise in androgen levels.

Cystic acne on jawline and neck
Cystic acne on jawline and neck

Androgen is a hormone that stimulates growth in the human body. Androgen levels begin to rise at the onset of puberty. The hormone is converted to estrogen in women. High androgen levels enlarge the sebaceous glands in the skin. This enlargement results in excessive sebum production. As a result, the excessive sebum production facilitates the growth of pimple-causing bacteria that is known as Propionibacterium acnes. Also, acne occurs when sebum mixes with dead skin cells thereby clogging the pores.

Acne can occur on people from diverse ages. For instance, children can be born with acne on their face due to hormones passed on to them by the mother during delivery. Therefore, it is not just teenagers who encounter acne. Acne tends to occur on the neck, face, back, shoulders, and the chest. Women are more likely to get pimples along the jawline compared to men. This is due to an increase in the androgen hormone

Acne varies depending on size, color, and degree of pain. They include cysts, whiteheads, and blackheads. In most instances, acne on the jawline tend to be large, deep, hard and not puss-filled, and in some cases cysts.

In men, jawline acne can be caused by poor shaving practices, exposure to bacteria from helmets with chinstraps, bacteria in cell phones, and poor bathroom practices such as using harsh scrubs on the face.

Jawline acne is harder handle compared to other pimples occurring on the face and are more difficult to pop due to their position on the jawbone. In women, jawline breakouts may be noticed right around the menstruation period. In a recent research, scientists discovered that cases of jawline break-outs are high among teenage girls and young women. According to the research, the breakouts may be due to the use of a toothpaste or mouthwash containing sodium lauryl sulfate ingredient (occurs majorly outside the U.S).

It is important to note that acne is caused by anything that comes into contact with your skin and transfers oil and bacteria onto the skin. Therefore, do not toss away all your products with SLS thinking that it is the solution to the breakout. It is important to that remember that pimples are caused by a complexity of other factors. That said, the good news is that jawline acne can be prevented and treated.


There are several treatment approaches that can be considered. For instance, over the counter treatments such as the use of gels, soaps, creams, and lotions containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Resorcinol, Salicylic acid, Azelaic Acid, and Sulphur have been known to work. How Sulphur leads to the elimination of acne remains a mystery, however, Salicylic acid and Resorcinol assist in the breakdown of blackheads and whiteheads. It is advisable to use the same treatments used for other parts of the face when treating acne. Stick to your daily facial regime of cleansing twice a day. The cleanser will remove the excess oil on the face. You can choose cleansers made from natural components such as aloe Vera, tea tree, green tea, Azelaic acid, and Zinc.

There are non-drug treatments that can be used to treat pimple breakouts on the jawline. These approaches include laser treatment and chemical peels. Women can consult a gynecologist in case the breakouts occur during the menstrual cycle. Products such as Alesse, or Ortho Tri-Cyclen among other birth control pills can help control the breakouts resulting from the menstrual cycle.

In men, acne in the jawline can be treated by making a few lifestyle changes. These changes include wiping the face of the phone, adopting proper bathroom practices, such as wiping away the dirt or soap around the jawline or chin area while showering. Residues remaining due to gunk located on the jaw can lead to bacteria build-up resulting in acne. Men should also take up healthy habits such as the use of a gentle cleanser, moisturizing the skin, and using a gentle scrub. Lastly, the men should adopt proper shaving techniques to avoid pimples on the jawline or the irritation that may result from poor shaving techniques. If you wear a helmet with straps, ensure that the straps are clean and that you wash your face immediately to minimize the risk of a breakout.

Frequent use of cigarettes can increase the chances of jawline acne. Therefore, it is advisable to minimize cigarette use. Products containing alpha-lipoic acid can also help minimize jawline acne. The alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that assists in the circulation of fluids. This antioxidant is effective in minimizing the pimples on the jawline. The acid can be found in foods such as Broccoli, Spinach, and red meat, particularly organ meat.

Prevention measures

Acne on the jawline can be prevented through the adoption of proper eating habits, regular exercise, hydration, and good facial practices. First, you should consider minimizing foods such as carbohydrates and milk. Too much milk in the diet can lead to cystic acne on the jawline area and the chin. Considering that most cows are injected with growth hormones, you can opt to stay off milk and milk products for two weeks to see how the skin will respond.

You should also consider keeping your hands off your face to avoid transferring bacteria to the jawline area. If the breakout is only on the jawline area, then you should only use products that treat the breakout in the jawline area. If you follow this practical advice, you can be sure that the acne will eventually diminish.


Facial acne is a common medical condition that occurs due to a wide range of factors. In most cases, acne occurs due to the oil released by the sebaceous glands. When the poser on the skin get clogged with dirt, or excessive oil, you are likely to get a pimple breakout. Jawline acne is stubborn to deal with as the pimples tend to be hard and difficult to pop. Pricking this pimples is likely to lead to a permanent scar. Therefore, it is advisable to consider over-the counter treatment approaches such as the use of creams containing Benzoyl Peroxide. Proper facial care practices, for example, washing your face immediately after removing the helmet, using gentle cleansers, and avoiding oil-based care products can also help in dealing with acne on the jawline.


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