Pimples Over Chin

As on any other part of the body, acne or pimples may occur on the chin as well. Our chin is usually quite secretory in nature. Plenty of oil glands are located there.

As compared to pimples elsewhere, pimples here are larger and harder in consistency. They are vulnerable to get infected and are often fluid/ pus filled.

Why Do Pimples Occur?

Our skin is supplied with glands that keep secreting oily secretions to keep it well lubricated and prevent dryness. Common among them are the sebaceous glands.

Pimples occur when the duct draining a sebaceous gland becomes blocked. The gland would keep producing secretions which would get accumulated inside it, unable to get drained.

It gradually swells up to form a pimple. So, a pimple is essentially a small swelling filled with sebum inside it.

Pimples on Oily Skin

As in teenage or early twenties, oil glands over the skin are very active. Oil secretion is excessive, this is hormonally regulated. Excess oil combines with dead cells and dirt lying over the skin and may block the opening of the sebaceous gland over the skin.

Some individuals have more oily skin than others. They need to wash off excess oil from their face by repeated washing, to prevent formation of pimples.

Pimples Over Dry Skin

Dryness over the skin, as in winter months , or a dry skin in general produces dry flakes. This is similar to dandruff on the scalp.

Dry flakes may form a plug and block the duct of the gland.  This may give rise to a swelling in the gland.

Preventing Pimples on the Chin

  • If you have an oily skin, wash your face frequently with water.
  • Do not use harsh soaps or gel over the face. They would make the skin dry and irritated.
  • If you have a dry skin, you may still get pimples. Keep your skin well moisturized. Apply any emollient twice daily, once after your bath and once in the night, before going to bed.
  • Eat healthy. Eat 3 to 4 servings of seasonal fruits and vegetables daily. Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid fried and fatty food stuff.
  • Avoid junk food, chips and fries. They contain toxins which are difficult to detoxify in the body.

Managing a Pimple

If you get a pimple, you need to assess if its infected or not.
A pimple which is red, or painful is likely to be infected and may have pus in it. You need to apply a topical antibiotic over such pimples.

Mupirocin (bactroban) is effective in most of the cases. You may apply it twice daily after washing your face.

Keeping the pimples clean is important. If the fluid coming out from it touches the nearby areas, more pimples may erupt due to infected fluid.