How to Treat Acne Around Chin & Jawline

by Rose Erickson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Throw away old cosmetics and wash makeup brushes often.

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Acne occurs when hormone fluctuations cause oil glands to produce excess amounts of sebum. A pimple results when this oil becomes trapped beneath the skin’s surface. Although acne can arise anywhere on the body, it commonly develops on the face and chin. Acne, especially when it appears on the face, can be frustrating and difficult to hide. Fortunately, it can be effectively remedied.

Wash the chin and jaw area twice a day with a mild facial cleanser to remove dirt and oil. Take your time and be sure to remove all makeup.

Avoid cosmetics, hair products and makeup that are greasy or oil-based. Be sure they are labeled, “noncomedogenic,” “nonacnegenic” or “oil-free.”

Cleanse the face and hair after exercising or being exposed to hot weather. Sweat can clog the pores and lead to further acne on the jawline and chin.

Avoid placing your chin in your hands or resting objects like telephone receivers against your jawline.

Reduce pimple swelling and encourage skin sloughing by applying an over-the-counter acne medication. Products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can be effective.


  • The Mayo Clinic suggests throwing away old cosmetics that can harbor bacteria. In addition, cleanse makeup brushes in warm soapy water.

    Avoid facial masks, scrubs and astringents. Harsh scrubbing can further aggravate the skin, making acne worse.

    Although acne is not caused by them, the American Academy of Dermatology explains that certain foods can aggravate acne symptoms. Eat greasy foods with care. They can leave oil on the skin’s surface, especially if they come into contact with the chin.

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Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.