What’s Causing Persistent Acne On Your Cheeks?

Acne on cheeks
Acne breakouts are really annoying, and especially when it seems like you’re doing everything right to take care of your skin. To further exacerbate the situation, it’s as if there’s a nonstop zit producer that makes them show in the same place each time. My goodness! It can be maddening. If you’re wondering whether your cleansing regimen or the products you’re using is the culprit – they may or may not be.

According to an ancient technique used in Ayurveda teachings and Chinese medicine, different areas of your face (cheeks, jaw, chin, forehead, etc.) are connected to other areas of your body. This technique of examining and associating these areas to various body parts is called face mapping.

Face mapping can be useful in helping you to identify the root cause of your constant breakouts by offering important clues such as physiological imbalances. Obviously, a lack of facial cleanliness can result in blemishes, but if you’re experiencing constant and aggressive flare-ups, it’s most likely a must deeper problem. Sometimes, acne is caused by an internal problem and will only clear up after that problem is fixed.

Let’s see how this plays out in real world terms. If you’re having constant breakouts on your lower cheeks, it could be due to poor dental hygiene. What? Seems odd, but dental problems involving the gums can be a contributing factor to regular acne in this area.

Addressing imbalances in the body is always a good first step. There may be things you’re doing that are causing the imbalances. Although still undergoing scientific research, Rosacea is often triggered when you’re undergoing emotional stress. For adults, ages 30 and older, Rosacea is a common cause of acne on the cheeks.

We talked about face mapping above, let’s analyze the different regions of the face.

Face Mapping

T-Zone
The area with the most oil-producing ability is the one most crowded with sebaceous glands – it’s the infamous T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin). And it’s no surprise that puberty or intense times of stress can cause breakouts.

The nose is linked to the liver. Binge drinking causes an imbalance in the liver. We’re not saying hide all your bottles of Merlot, but implement in moderation. Alcoholics and people with liver damage from causes such as cancer, sometimes develop a red nose. Acne here could potentially signify liver dysfunction.

Cheeks
Among other possibilities, your hands can be the culprit of acne in this area. Try to avoid touching your face. Mobile phones have become such a big part of our every day existence that you probably never considered just how much dirt and bacteria has built up on your device. While mobile phones are not the cause of acne, they can potentially make acne worse due to the presence of bacteria on your cell phone. If you don’t want to splurge for a bluetooth headset or it’s just not your thing, at least make sure you clean your phone daily with antibacterial wipes.

It’s also a good idea to change your pillowcases and washcloths frequently. Otherwise, dirt and oil accumulate which causes clogged pores. The cheeks are also linked to the respiratory system and lungs. So smoking may be another factor for constant breakouts.

Chin/Jaw/Neck
Acne on the chin and jaw line area is often due to hormonal shifts and imbalances in the body. Hormones stimulate oil production, which leads to the growth of bacteria getting trapped in the pores. This results in a sore, painful pustule or cystic blemish. Many women find they get chin breakouts monthly along with their menstrual cycle.

In addition to hormonal shifts, acne on the chin and jaw line can be caused by Candida; a yeast overgrowth. Candida is a type of yeast that is naturally in our bodies. Yeast doesn’t cause issues unless an imbalance occurs which will result in yeast overgrowth. Some causes of yeast overgrowth include stress, taking antibiotics, low immune system, alcohol, etc.

Yeast overgrowth can set off the release of hundreds of toxins in the body. The good bacterial is limited and overpowered by the yeast overgrowth which causes a severe imbalance of microorganisms and overgrowth of bad bacteria. Candida may aggravate acne, eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

So, when frustrated with persistent acne, think about what your body is trying to tell you. Wake Health Medical Group team of acne treatment specialists are standing by to help you. Give us a call today at (919) 554-6754 to schedule an appointment or use our online appointment scheduler.

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