By Amaza & Co. Essentials · Jul 23, 2020
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Acne develops when the pores in the skin become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. The result is whiteheads and blackheads.

Bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes also play a role in the inflammation, which results in the red bumps that characterize acne.

Certain areas of the face may be more prone to acne breakouts for various reasons.

Hairline and temples


Acne around the hairline and temples, called forehead acne, may be due to the use of certain hair products. When this is the case, it is called pomade acne. This can affect both males and females with any skin type.

When oily or waxy hair products spread to the nearby skin of the face, they can block the pores. This can cause acne breakouts.

Certain ingredients in cosmetic products, particularly in products for smoothing the hair, may cause acne. These ingredients include:

  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • acrylates
  • panthenol
  • silicone
  • quaternium-70
  • oils
  • petrolatum

Using simpler formulations, or avoiding these ingredients in hair care products, may help prevent acne from forming around the hairline.

It is especially important to prevent oily hair products from coming into contact with the face.

  • T-zone: Forehead, nose, and chin


The sebaceous glands produce sebum, which is an oily substance that moisturizes and protects the skin. Excess sebum production can cause acne.

Extra oil production can mean that breakouts may occur more often in these areas than other parts of the face.



Breakouts on the cheeks occur as a result of acne mechanica, which develops Because of friction or rubbing of the skin.

For example,  when a person holds a cell phone against their face, when they move against the pillow in their sleep, and when they wear a piece of equipment or clothing that has a chin strap. (Which is why it's Important to wash your pillow case regularly)



Acne around the jawline is normally linked to fluctuations in hormones. However, other researchers have challenged and refuted this.

There is no evidence to suggest that acne around the jaw and chin will accurately predict if a person has a hormonal disturbance but to remain on the safe side - a healthy diet will do the trick. 


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