Acne Face Map: Reading the Signs

Acne Face Map: Reading the Signs

You drink 3L of water a day, you got a 10-step skincare routine down-pat, and you blew your last paycheck on every product your facialist has ever offered. You must be on the way to beautiful, radiant, clear skin, you assure yourself. For a moment, you truly believe your breakouts are behind you… and then you wake up with a massive zit that no amount of heavyweight foundation could hide. Before throwing your last shred of hope out the window, consider this: your skin is trying to tell you something important. Otherwise, it would not treat you this way. Enter: The Acne Face Map. The Acne Face Map is a visual guide to understanding your breakouts and why they happen. No matter how much time, money, and energy you funnel into skincare, you cannot treat acne without understanding its root cause. That’s why we’ve created an Acne Face Map to help our readers understand what their breakouts are trying to tell them.

Hair Line

First on our Acne Face Map is a phenomenon dubbed “pomade acne”. You may not be familiar with the term, but you’ve definitely experienced this sort of breakout at least once. If you’re an avid makeup user, have an intricate hair routine, or simply prefer your shampoos and conditioners fragrant, you may fall victim to pimples along your hair line. Countless beauty products are comprised of chemical compounds like sulfates and petroleum, which though have a ‘smoothing’ effect can also clog pores. Unfortunately, that means there are consequences for your skin to pay. To avoid pomade acne, keep your scalp and hair clean. Avoid applying product at the crown, and switch to a milder shampoo. Furthermore, we recommend double cleansing to ensure that any makeup residue is removed from the pores.


Desperately looking for a hairstyle that hides your forehead? Don’t fret. Forehead acne is super common, and here’s why:

Per the Acne Face Map, the forehead is interrelated to the digestive and nervous systems. As a result, it’s highly susceptible to diet and stress-provoked breakouts. To reduce the appearance of forehead acne, try altering your diet such that it includes less (to no) sugar and processed foods. Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water is also very important to ensure toxins are being flushed out of the skin.  To control stress, aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night.


If you’re experiencing breakouts on your cheeks, try to recall what makes contact with your face on a regular basis. Things like your phone and pillowcase accumulate a plethora of bacteria, dirt, and oils which are plenty harmful for your skin. Much like hair line acne, this too has a name – “acne mechnica”, a type of acne that results from touch with certain materials. To avoid such breakouts, make sure you never touch anything dirty to your face. Wipe your phone before use, and change your sheets as often as 2-3 times a week!

Chin and Jaw

Last but by no means least on our Acne Face Map: chin and jaw acne. Normally, blemishes along the chin and jawlines are cause by excess or irregularly fluctuating hormones. Puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy are all great examples of causes for heightened androgen levels, which result in …

  • Overproduction of oils
  • Clogged skin
  • Bacteria production
  • inflammation

To regulate and balance hormonal levels, try cutting out dairy products and incorporating probiotics into your diet.

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