Acne Mapping: Here’s Why You’re Breaking Out in Certain Areas


Silas & Grace

Acne mapping is probably one of the most helpful ways to understand how to properly take care of your skin. 

As someone who has struggled with acne since the age of 11, it’s been incredibly frustrating trying to figure out what’s going on with my skin. And since everyone’s skin is different, you have to do a lot of testing to understand what’s making you break out.

Is it the food you’re eating, the skincare products you’re putting on your face, the pillowcases, or the fact that you’re not drinking enough water?

It almost feels like an endless list of tips on why you might be breaking out.

But recently, I’ve been having a better understanding of what’s causing my breakouts and I’ve found some methods for minimizing them and having clearer skin.

However, my methods might not work for you, so that’s why I wanted to create an acne face map so that you can better understand what’s going on with your skin and develop a solution that will work for you!

So give the different areas a look over and let me know if you have any questions. 🙂 

Side Note: Make sure that with all these things, you’re also doing your own research and talking with a dermotologist. It’s important to give yourself the best care you can! ❤️ 

How to Acne Map Your Face

1. Forehead

Breakouts in the forehead commonly stem from hormonal changes and stress.

Another reason for acne on the forehead might also be because you’re not properly washing off hair products such as shampoo.

How to Fix It

  1. Talk to your doctor on what’s causing your hormonal imbalance and how you can fix it.
  2. Find ways to take care of things that are stressing you out. So find solutions for eliminating stressors.
  3. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
  4. When washing your face or hair, make sure that the product has been completely removed from your skin.

2. Brow Line

If you’re having hormonal imbalances from things such as menstruation or if you’re not properly taking off makeup products like eyebrow liner, that might be the reason why you’re seeing breakouts in this area.

It can also be linked to a poor diet.

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re properly taking off all makeup in that area.
  2. Start eating a cleaner diet with less processed and rich foods.
  3. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
  4. Wax your eyebrows less as this can cause acne from inflammation. 

3. In Between your Eyebrows

The reasons for breaking out between your eyebrows might be linked to your diet. So if you’re taking in a lot of rich foods, alcohol, or having late-night snacks, this might be the cause.

Hormonal changes from things like pregnancy or menstruation can also cause breakouts in this area.

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
  2. Start eating a more healthy diet that aids your liver and gallbladder. 
  3. Make sure you’re also properly removing makeup, shampoo, and facewash.
  4. Try to make sure you’re also getting proper sleep.

4. Temple Area

Plain and simple, the temple area is prone to breakouts because of dirt and hair product build-up. 

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re showing extra care and attention to this part of your face. It’s easy to focus on your forehead or cheeks or chin, but this is also an important area to cleanse.

5. Ears

Breakouts on the ears can be caused by kidney problems or just clogged pores. 

How to Fix It

  1. Start drinking more water.
  2. Reduce your consumption of caffeine, salt, and alcohol.
  3. When taking showers, make sure you’re taking a bit of time to cleanse your ear area.
  4. You can also use makeup wipes and cleanser to potentially help with the breakouts on your ears.

6. Nose

There are a few reasons why you might be experiencing breakouts on your nose. The first one is not properly washing off your makeup which can be easily seen with the blackheads on your nose.

Blood flow, stress, and blood pressure can also affect the nose area.

And lastly, digestive issues might be the cause of your nose breakouts.

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re washing your face before you go to bed whether you wore makeup or not. Oils and makeup both affect the pores on your nose.
  2. Make sure you’re cleansing your make sponges and other tools.
  3. Find ways to help you blood flow and increase circulation. 
  4. Make sure you’re managing your stress levels.
  5. Have a reuglar sleep schedule so that you get a good night’s sleep.
  6. Regulate what kind of foods your’e taking in. To many spicy foods or processed foods can affect breakouts in this area. So make sure you’re taking in healthy foods that keep your skin clear.

7. Cheeks

Pillow cases, dirty makeup tools, and cellphones might be to blame here. But it can also be due to respiratory issues, so if you have allergies or you smoke, then this could definitely be the cause.

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re changing your pillowcases every couple of nights.
  2. Wash your makeup tools a couple times of week.
  3. Use some hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes on your phone before a call.
  4. Talk to your doctor about fixing/minimizing any respiratory issues you might have.
  5. Find a way to quit smoking that works for you.

You might breakout in this area for quite a few reasons. Firstly, you might be touching this area a bit too much which can cause breakouts due to the dirt on your hands.

8. Upper Lip

It could also have to do with makeup or products such as lip balm.

And lastly, hormonal imbalance from pregnancy or menstration might be an issue for you as well. 

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re not touching the skin around your mouth.
  2. Wash your face and make sure any product has been removed.
  3. Talk to your doctor about different ways you can balance your hormones.
  4. Make sure you’re eating foods that will promote hormonal balance.

9. Chin

Digestive problems, food allergies, and hormonal imblances can all be causes for breakouts in your chin center.

Also caffeine and alcohol can be culprits of chin breakouts.

How to Fix It

  1. Talk to your doctor on ways you can balance any hormonal issues. This could be diet related or they might suggest a topical treatment. You can also discuss with them any oils you’ve researched and if they might help with your hormonal imbalances.
  2. Keep a food diary of the different things you’re eating and see if there might be foods that are giving your a hard time when it comes to digesting them.
  3. Limit your intake of alcohol and caffiene.
  4. Make sure you’re washing your face daily as well since not doing this can be a huge reason for your breakouts.
  5. Water is also an important part of keeping your skin clear.

10. Jawline

Breakouts on your jawline might be from touching this area. So if you’re resting your head on your hand, it’s most likely that your hand is touching your jawline.

Also not properly washing off makeup or putting on skin care products that clog your pores or irritate your skin can do this too.

Liver issues can also pop up here, which means that if you’re eating an unehalthy diet, you can get breakouts on your jawline.

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you’re testing out skin care products that won’t clog your pores or irriate your skin.
  2. Clean eating is also a great place to start.
  3. Make sure you’re washing off makeup daily.
  4. Try not to touch this area with your hands. 

11. Neck

Stress can be a cause of breakouts in your neck area. But you can also experience pimples on your neck from irritants such as perfumes, sun damage, or your pillowcases.

How to Fix It

  1. Make sure you are at least using makeup wipes or even doing a full wash on your face and neck daily.
  2. Put sunscreen on to protect from skin damage.
  3. Make sure you are finding ways to reduce your stress.

The Takeaway

Finding out the differnet reasons why you might be breaking out can be pretty stressful, but with a bit of testing, you might find your skin getting clearer a lot sooner than you thought.

Also, some of these tips and habits suggested for getting rid of acne are the same across the board. So if you’re washing your face daily, eating a better diet, getting rid of stressors, and drinking enough water, you might be getting rid fo breakouts in multiple areas of your face.

I hope this helps you and if you need any help, then feel free to ask away in the comments down below. 🙂

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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Silas & Grace

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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