Beauty 911: What Are Your Breakouts Telling You?

In recent years, I’ve become fascinated with the Eastern tradition of face mapping. Face mapping, which combines modern dermatology with ancient Chinese medicine, is the idea that there’s a correlation between your internal organs and different zones of your face. I talk about face mapping extensively in Lauren Conrad Beauty, and I wanted to share a little overview with you here on the site.

Face mapping makes a lot of sense when you consider the fact you’re your skin is an organ too (the largest organ in your body, in fact). Case in point: when I was traveling in India, I noticed my skin breaking out on my cheeks because of the poor air quality and high level of pollution. My aesthetician can also tell when I’ve just been sick or am about to get sick based on the area right above my brows. I don’t know about you, but I find it all very fascinating! Besides just being an interesting topic, educating yourself about face mapping can actually help to clear up your skin. Once you’ve identified what’s causing your acne, it’s easier to prevent it. While some causes are unavoidable (monthly hormone swings, for instance), diet and lifestyle changes can definitely help to clear up your skin.

Without further ado, here are what your breakouts are telling you in five different zones of your face…

Face Mapping

  1. Forehead. Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. Make sure to log 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night to keep your forehead clear.
  2. Above the brow. The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. Breakouts here tend to happen right before, after, or during a cold or flu. If you notice a breakout in this zone, slow down for a couple days, drink plenty of water and eat these 10 immune boosting foods.
  3. Between brows. Breakouts between the brows can be caused by overindulgence of unhealthy foods or a food allergy. Cutting back on sugar, dairy, rich foods, and alcohol can help clear up skin in this zone.
  4. Cheeks. Your cheeks are linked to your respiratory system. Smoking or breathing polluted air can cause breakouts here.
  5. Side of chin. The sides of your chin are affected by hormones. Breakouts here occur around the time of your period and happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.

Pick up a copy of Lauren Conrad Beauty for even more about face mapping and my other skincare secrets.

And let me know what beauty crisis you’d like me to cover in my next Beauty 911 post!


P.S. Here’s how to ban blackheads for good.

Photo: Gen Kay via All Women Stalk

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  • Sarah

    Interesting! I never knew about the correlation between chin breakouts and ovaries, although it explains a lot now!

  • Stefie

    It’s so weird that I very rarely get breakouts between my brows since all I eat is unhealthy food!

  • Brittany Charlebois

    What about getting acne directly on your nose? I use Proactiv now so I’m all clear, but I used to get terrible acne on my nose. What is that telling me?

  • Brittany Charlebois

    And I’m not sure if you’re ever written this article yet, but I’d love to see something on what to do when you over pluck your brows! lol Or how to apply makeup for women with sunken or non-standard eye shapes.

  • Melanie Erwin

    Side of chin – that is so good to know! I seem to ONLY break out here as well as up my jaw line and it is incredibly annoying.

    Since it’s hormonal, is there anything I could do to prevent the breakouts or am I just out of luck?

  • Kita

    hmm.. what about breakouts on nose? was looking forward to that…. :) I have been having 1 -2 breakouts on my nose since 1 month… tried Vitamin C etc.. didn’t help much ! am thinking to officially try for Minnie Mouse at Disney .. 😛

  • sissel

    What about the nose?

  • Lesley

    I was eagerly awaiting this post! It’s interesting that you said that your cheeks broke out while in India. When I was in Shanghai for a summer my skin broke out like crazy, especially on my cheeks. I didn’t even think about it being from pollution!

  • Nhung Do

    Wow I feel like this is so true! Now I understand why I always break out on my forehead and chin

  • Katie Daly

    When I click on ban blackheads it takes me to a target web page. Is that suppose to happen?

  • Osnapitzlauraa

    I’ve #2 ! And it explains a lot because at the moment I’ve the flu. Thanks Lauren!


  • Laura-Maria

    Is there any books or articles you recommend reading to get a better grasp on this? I was frustrated for years over my breakouts- especially when I was “”eating healthy””, little did I know I am lactose intolerant and allergic. Once I have dairy, my face/throat area begins to itch slightly and then up go my hands to start itching. Since this happened for years growing up, I was never even aware I was ‘itching’ by reaction; become aware! Thanks for the great post Lauren, I truly look forward to these posts.

  • erika garcia

    what abou in that area where your cheeks meet the sides of your nose, all along there? would that be cheeks as well?

  • Jen burrell

    I breakout really bad on my ears. Is there anything I can do?

  • Jordan maus

    I would love to see an article on getting rid of comedogenic acne in the next Beauty 911!

  • Olivia charnet

    Great advice there !! I smoke, and I was desperate to understand why my cheeks were breaking out ! Thanks Lauren !

  • Alina ermilova

    A really great post! Thank you!;)

  • Megan Elliott

    I love this! But I have breakouts on my cheek and I would never let myself get caught around smoke or air pollution. Any other causes?

  • Carolina Escalante

    Really interesting, is amazing how everything in our body is connected, and it can give signs of when something is not working well… Xoxo!

  • Jessica Tobon

    Excellent post!!! Thanks for the info, I had absolutely no idea about this!! :)

  • Zabrinna

    This makes so much sense considering I am both stressed and sleep deprived. Kind of figured that my breakouts might be related to stress but had no idea that you can tell the cause from the area of the breakout. Thanks for introducing me to face mapping!

  • BerryBloomxo

    This is really helpful! I am going to start eating more immune boosting foods and (try and) stay away from unhealthy foods! Thank You!

    ooh, and I recently posted a skincare brand review:
    maybe it’s helpful?


  • Elizabeth A.

    I was just having a conversation about this the other day with a friend. I have horrible break outs on my chin and she told me it was hormonal. Blah, so that one didn’t surprise me. Although, I definitely didn’t know about #3. I’ve had this pesky break out in that exact spot It gets smaller, then bigger, then is about to banish…and comes right back. It loves that spot :(. I noticed that when I cut dairy out completely it helped my skin a lot – still working on the sugar though :).


  • cfgrrl

    What would breakouts by one’s nose mean? Approximately above the 5s but collinear tot he 4s?

  • Maddieknockonwood

    What about the nose? If I ever have a breakout it is on my nose!!!

  • Sarah Frantz

    This is totally true for me! Esspecially #5!

  • Pearl

    what can I do to stop breakouts by the cheek? I mean I don’t have a lot but its not really in my control besides cleansing morning and night.

  • Leah

    Whoa, 5 is ‘spot’ on. ahah

  • missleahbean

    what about the nose!

  • katie at Miss enchanting

    A really interesting and useful article! I have always had trouble with my skin (like most)and your post is spot on! 😉

    Just this week I wrote a feature on my personal favorite skin care product:


  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    Great Post! I always suffer with #5! So annoying…


  • Ana Sofia
  • Ashley

    So what can we do about these breakouts? Especially the environmental one. This one doesn’t usually effect me but it would be good to know!

  • Nat

    What about the places between the nose and the cheeks? I’ve never had breakouts or blackheads in that little space (which by the way i very sensitive) and in the last 2 weeks I’ve noticed that the borders of my nostrals are being attacked by little pimples and blackheads! HELP PLEASE!

  • Amy Burnham

    Of course, the one I’m dealing with is the only one you can’t do anything about… #5. Ugh! Any suggestions?!

  • Hailey G

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much!

    Hailey from

  • Lena Ameri

    This is great! Such helpful information!!!

    I also believe breakouts are directly linked to what you eat and how that food affects your body. Check out my article on how to heal breakouts through food choices:

  • iris

    what are tricks for skin marks or tricks on dry skin

  • oksana

    while i was in beauty school we studied this and i can say its definitely true. you are what you eat. i stopped eating meat and cut down on dairy and my cheeks and forehead cleared up. i also started drinking alot more water, it helps to flush away any toxins. cut out food that have added hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives.

  • stephaniesstyle

    “”Side of chin (…) and happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.”” LOL is this really true? So if i have a breakout on the left, my left ovary is ovulating? :S

    • I tend to get one on each side, particularly when I’m stressed. I would be very curious to see their source on this one. Unless they point to a medical journal, I think this is just an old wives’ tale.

    • Erika

      No its not true


    Glad you found this to be useful :)


    Thank you for sharing your tips!

  • oksana

    sometimes cheek breakouts could be from eating too much dairy. cut out dairy products for two weeks and see if the inflammation goes down.

    • Jessie

      I will try this thank you! I have been breaking out with bumps for over a month now and I was in England when it first happened and I had no idea why it was happening! I still don’t and I am so flustered to still have it

  • Deanne Castro

    I’m always breaking out at the chin area! :(

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  • oceangirl25

    Awesome! This helped me :)

  • Sarah Frantz

    I take a multi-vitamin daily and drink 5 – 16oz bottles of water a day, I up the water intake usually about 3 days before I know I’m going to get my period and for some reason that seems to help me out a TON

  • Amy Burnham

    Thanks, Sarah! I will put your advice to good use, so nice of you to share your secrets! :)

  • indira rodriguez

    Thanks Lauren, good information, ya hab

  • noelle m.

    omg this is actually so true!

  • Diamenrose

    dry eyelids 😀

  • nicole Smith

    Wow! This is sooo true!

  • Ashley burke

    Favorite advice yet! Thanks for the great article. xoxo

  • kalamityray

    man, #1 really hit home for me. I couldn’t figure out why I suddenly started breaking out around my forehead–not only did I have a big interview coming up, I’ve been working overtime at both my jobs, and trying to get my website going on the side. Stress it is! Thanks for the great advice–getting more sleep is a def. need for me.

  • Janeisie14<3

    wow # 5 makes so much sense for me now!!!

  • Renisha

    #1 and #4 are me at the moment

  • Jen

    I’ve had breakouts on the sides of my chin, pretty badly in my opinion, since I was probably about 19 and also around the same time I started taking medication for mental health, which also has acne listed as a side effect. So I think it’s a combination of both when I think about it. I also found I had mild, or at least seemingly mild allergies to certain foods, and I’ve been slowly cutting them out of my diet, at least mostly, and really try to lean into a vegan way of living. I’m getting there…the thought of giving up cheese upsets me, so I’m mostly vegetarian…anyway, yeah…

  • Madeline Grey

    I love her:)

  • yvonne cort

    Thank you, this was very informative!

  • Meg Lamb

    That’s so interesting! About two days ago I had a breakout above my eyebrows and now I have a bad cough and sore throat 😮

  • Gabrielam07

    I’ve always wondered why my breakouts were always in the same place, this was so helpful!

  • taylormariexox

    Looking for a bride to be beauty regime and a wedding countdown guide

  • Sonya

    This is true, cleared some things up for me. Thank you.

  • Marina hernandez

    You’re so amazing Lauren !!!Thanks for all the help!

  • Courtney Serrano

    Totally makes sense ! Thank you so much !

  • DAni

    What are your sources on this? Or are you just making things up?

    • Julie

      These are facts. Ask any dermatologist, esthetician, etc. Now, can you get breakouts in these areas and them not be related to these things? Yes, but these are the common causes.

      • Tylar

        If you actually did ask a dermatologist or esthetician, they would tell you diet and smoking has never been proven to cause breakouts

        • Mocksoup

          Must have gone to a different esthetician course than me. EVERYTHING can affect your skin in odd ways. Even a bladder infection.

          • Erika

            Well considering you can get an esthetician “license” online in about 25 minutes…

          • Mocksoup

            You may be thinking of something else beside esthetician.

        • gina

          diet has a huge impact on the skin. Every reputable source I’ve consulted has been in line with what the author of this article indicated. Also, my first hand experience has proved that eating healthy clean food is one of the best acne fighters!

          • xoxo123

            I just don’t think that’s true. My friend is a health but and can’t get rid of his acne. I eat terribly (trying to work on it) and might get a pimple here or there. There’s more science to it than that. Everyone is different.

          • jessica

            It could still be diet. I eat as healthy as i can most times. But sometimes i still overlook dairy ingredient in some food by mistake and i will break out. No dairy at all for me. Not even butter made from milk or cream. :( no pizza. So sad.

            So anyway, clean eating, healthy etc, can go a long way in clearing your skin but the could still be that one thing your body just can’t handle that is causing your acne without you realizing.

            Dairy, soy, etc.

          • Madigirl227

            Look up Dr Goldberg and the Pellegra case. It specifically shows how diet is linked to the condition of the skin.

        • Eh

          They love to tell you that diet is not linked to acne because god forbid you have some control over your acne. They want you to believe that only the things they prescribe you can help you. It’s all about the $$$ for some people. Derms seems to know less about acne than people who have acne and have researched it themselves.

        • Liz

          As an aesthetician, I can tell you that everything you ingest or place topically can affect the way your skin responds. And if you believe that smoking doesn’t affect you, think again. Aside from causing CANCER, it does age you. Don’t believe me, see what the Mayo clinic has to say about it.

          Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Beautiful! -Liz

      • Erika

        No, this is pseudoscience

    • gina


    • Erika

      This is all based on Eastern Medicine, all of which has been disproved by real science.

      • dani

        Your an idiot.. eastern medicine has been around for more than 2,500 years. It works.

        • Erika

          You know the idea of rats exploding out of dirty hay has been around for 2500 years. Doesn’t make it any less bull crap

    • Jared Mclean

      I dont ovulate and i get them lol

  • cat

    I love this article. I don’t normally have bad skin but I am a smoker and have been extremely stressed recently. This was very helpful!

    Thanks xoxo

  • Rorojones

    I’ve recently been getting spots over my lips. between my mouth and nose basically. As soon as one goes, another appears. all recent, i haven’t changed my diet so i dont understand why :(

  • Natalie Avila

    same thing is happening to me. i get like pimples under my nose and above my my mouth and its really annoying because they are noticeable

  • Lilly

    Is there a reason for acne on the nose? Also do you have home remedy tips for breakouts

  • Dawn

    Wow this is so interesting, I get spots on the left of my chin but only the left, I had my right ovary removed so this makes total sense!

    • [email protected]

      Same here! Ever my surgery, i have only broke out in my left side of chin. I’m a believer!

      • Alley

        I have zits on my side of my chin, but I am not on my period and it shouldn’t come for the next 3 weeks. What does this mean and how can I treat it?

  • Josie Renae

    interesting! this will help me so much!

  • Kierie

    I get a lot of acne right in the corner of my lips or on my chin right below my lip. I wash my face twice a day with an acne clearing face wash. What does right below your lips or on your lips mean?

  • Kierie

    I get them in the corners of my lips and under my lips. I also get a lot of blackheads on my nose. I wonder what that means…

    • Raquel

      Do you wear chapstick or any lip product? This can cause breakouts there, especially if you wear it to bed.

    • Ania

      I’ve always had blackheads, since the day I hit puberty but I have found that now, finally in my 30s they are getting smaller. I personally think that blackheads are caused by a lack of vitamin Bs. Supplementing can by tricky because there is such a delicate balance of these vitamins so I find food is a safer source. I am Polish and notice that when I add “Kasha” (as we call it in Poland) to my soups, my skin looks better. I think it’s the vitamins Bs in this grain and the fact that they can soak in my soup probably helps release them. Good luck and take care!

  • Jessie

    I have been breaking out with bumps on my cheeks on and off for over a month now but I work outdoors? What could the air pollution be? I traveled from England and then back home and I work outside? I do this often and this is the first time it is happening. Please help :)

  • Alyssa Adelle Judson

    I have Cystic Fibrosis (a respiratory disease) so that explains the irritation on my cheeks!

  • Julie

    And if you’re pregnant, you may just get to enjoy breakouts in all of these areas due to crazy hormones- oh yippee! Thats my life right now haha

  • Chen

    what about nose or temple?

  • Jenn Terry

    I break out on my cheeks. Very interesting, but I don’t know how to not breathe polluted air. Unless I move to the country :-)

    • Kiera

      Before anything else, best to assume your menstrual cycle. :3 That’s the only thing I’ve ever read that makes sense.

    • courtney

      For inside, you should definitely get an air purifier. I have one in my bedroom and you can actually see that the air is clearer and it is easier to take a deep breath after its been on for a few minutes. They are especially helpful if you have pets because it sucks a lot of hair and dander which cause allergic reactions and breakouts.

  • Dominique

    What about the men?

  • Charina

    Thank you. That’s why I’ve been getting pimples on my forehead and between my brows. I’ve been really stressed recently…

  • Angelaa

    really helpful

  • kc

    doesn’t make sense! i don’t even smoke but ive suddenly broken out on my cheeks. could it be because of the makeup i’ve suddenly changed to?

    • Mocksoup

      I get breakouts on my cheeks when I have an internal infection. A round of antibiotics usually clears me up. Also it could be something called irritant dermatitis, and you may be developed an allergy to something you use. Allergies can develop even if you’ve been using a product for YEARS.

      • ohyes

        You’re so right about the allergies developing. I’ve developed a skin reaction to gold… GOLD!!

  • Deena Feifer

    what about around the nose ? sometimes i feel like they are trying to frame it …

  • tash

    I get breakouts on the side of my head along the hair line and next too my eyebrows, do you know why i might get these?:)

    • Too much sebum secretion. I get these when I skip showering/washing my face regularly.

  • Chloe

    I’ve suddenly had a rash of spots appear all down the side of my face which I have never had before. Ever. I eat healthily and don’t live in a heavily polluted area. Any idea?

  • Danielle

    What does it mean if you haven’t hit your period yet but have them on your chin

  • Tressa

    This is amazing! I’m pregnant, so I’m having trouble sleeping, and obviously my hormones are crazy, and I’m breaking out in just the same spots you identified with both of those problems!

  • k

    cheeks is absolutely dietary, guys. sugar, non-rbst free dairy, soy, peanuts, other hormonal triggers. stress also hits here. but chin’s correct.

  • Calling your bluff

    Just FYI: This is total and utterly unfounded bullshit.

    • radar326

      I was wondering where the evidence of this is. No link to any scientific articles or anything here…

      • sciencethough

        If you even google it, the only things that come up are blog sites and companies..which sell skin products. This author probably got paid by them to do this.

  • Curious

    That reference model is breathtakingly exquisite.

    • NA

      Reference model is photoshoped to bits. *Whitened and enlarged eyes (you can tell by no marks or veins in the white of eye and smoothened areas under eye sockets.) Skin has been cloned and smoothened to hide blemishes (it’s slightly blurred to hide the PS work. Sinched in jaw line, colour tone of skin changed, elongated forehead, enlargement of lower lip, raised eyebrow arches, reduction of upper lip, sinched in nose bridge, elongation of neck and highlighted face. Would be very interesting to see before and after pics.

      • tea

        JEEZ! You must be a photographer or something related…

  • Chloe

    Wow this is actually really interesting! Great information, thanks Lauran:) x

  • Siena

    i get them between the brows, a lot on my forehead and the sides of my nose..i hate it.

  • Mocksoup

    AND if you weren’t so blinded by your self righteousness, you could have noticed I didn’t mention anything about the face mapping. I personally, don’t think that has anything to do with where you break out.

    My own reason is BIOLOGY. Infections in your body can wreak havoc elsewhere. Skin can slough off because of a reaction to antibiotics. There is also this thing called ‘referred pain’ where you experience pain in weird places, like a shoulder for gallstones.

    You know, it’s just science…though.

    • brittany

      Everyone be nice. Geez. #INNERPEACE

  • Toronto Product Photographer

    Can you provide scientific evidence?

    • Erika

      Nope it has all been disproved by actual science

  • Stefanie Wills

    What do you mean exactly by Break out? How many blemishes constitute a break out?

  • Bailey

    Whaaat, I knew that the chin breakouts were hormonal, but had no idea it was an indication of which ovary was ovulating!! That’s amazing and makes so much sense!

    aka Bailey

  • chantelle

    wow this is one of the best articles you’ve ever posted! Thanks Lauren xox

  • Lily

    What about on your upper lip? I get tons of breakouts there and for me those hurt the most!!

  • Fen

    I feel like these are made up.

  • Carol Navo Gonzalez

    This is great! and so true. My dermatologist confirmed over half of what you posted on your page and I had Open heart surgery due to a rare Bacterial infection. I know a lot about health and infectious illnesses . The only thing I would like to add is the pimple on the cheek can also be from a tooth infection. My Dentist told me that. as for the rude comments. Ignore them some people’s Mouths are like one big fat pimple they don’t deserve help with their complexion! Keep up the great work on your page.. Cheer’s.. 😉

  • Sofia

    I get always on every part of my forehead, and also between my brows. It’s so interesting because I don’t sleep as much as I need

  • MhariElena

    So helpful thanks Lauren! xxx

  • Xtine Lawl Ⓥ

    What about breakouts around the jawline? Especially closer to the ears? I tend to get those every so often. The only other place I really get them is on my chin near that time of the month…although it’s decreased quite a bit since I started using a high quality skincare regiment. Apparently baking soda and water isn’t really the best lol…

  • $12013923

    Uh . . . nose? I have never had a pimple anywhere except my nose.

  • Rachel Rinderknecht

    Thank you! This is super helpful! I hate how stress causes zits because that just makes me even more stressed!
    Blonde with a Chanse

  • H Imada

    Thank you for the explanation for pimples on the side of the chin. I just happen to have started my monthly “friend/nemesis” and my hormones are having their way with me

  • Meena

    I dont have any acne on my forhead only on my cheeks a few, and around my chin. Why is this? The pimples are small, nothing big.

  • deathbyglitter

    Something no one ever talks about is the water we shower/bathe in. My skin is excruciatingly sensitive and it only got worse with age. :( One thing I found that helped my skin (and hair!) immensely is the use of a filtered shower head (the kind with the big filter that really get the job done). I get a new filter every 6 months (for 2 people) and it is so worth it. My dry patches and the acne that would form under them cleared after I began using filtered water for showering.

    This is just one of many things that can help but it was a big one that made a dramatic change for me. I hope so much this helps someone out there. Acne is so awful.

  • Sam

    I get ache mainly in the middle of my chin. What’s that mean?

  • courtney

    My forehead is clear yet i’m sleep deprived and very stressed…i get about 5 hours of sleep a night if i’m lucky. I also live in one of the most polluted cities in the U.S. and my cheeks are clear. So i’m going to have to say this article is not accurate. A few reasons people get breakouts are slow digestion/bad absorption of food, touching their hands to their face, an unhealthy diet, vitamin deficiencies… and genetics.

    • Kelly Tafili

      I’m not agreeing, nor disagreeing with the article, but would just like to point out a few things. Everyone’s body’s react in different ways to things – just because something doesn’t happen to you personally, cannot be the basis alone for disproving a theory.

    • Luca

      If you read the article correctly you will understand that this article states Risk Factors linked to breakout prone/acne prone skin. It says that these factors CAN be the cause of breakouts. You might be so lucky as to not be genetically disposed to breakouts as you write yourself would be a reason for breakouts 😉
      Some skin types are more sensitive to external factors (such as pollution) than others. The same goes for internal factors such as hormones caused by i.e. stress, ovulation and menstruation.
      Please note that I am not stating that all five statements are backed up by scientific evidence. BUT, sensitive skin is a fact and if you have sensitive skin you know what various external factors will do to it (i.e. allergies – mild or severe).
      Furtermore hormones are proven to be linked with breakouts (not all kinds of breakouts of course). Sleep depreviation can release stress hormones. This is the reason for statement no. 1
      I have to give this response as we need to understand the genetic factors involved on how our bodies react differently to everything, such as diseases, foods, a crisis in life, etc. There is not just one answer for everyone when it comes to our bodies because of our genetics.

  • kelsey

    I get them on my cheeks constantly. And I don’t smoke. I deffenitly do see the difference when I go to different areas from were I live. So it has to be something in the air then. :/ that really sucks.

  • Jules

    I have TERRIBLE breakouts on my cheeks but I do not live in a polluted area and am never around smoke. I don’t think that’s right. My area of breakouts are mostly controlled to a path where one would normally apply bronzer and occasionally I break out right under my eyes on my cheeks. I am so sick of this!!!!!!!! Any one have tips?!?!!

  • Elizabeth

    I’ve done lots lots lots of research on why I have major breakouts under my jawlines and why they never go away. I’ve not found anything reliable or similar answers to why I have breakouts under my jawlines. Do you know why? They are annoying, they stay for months and months. No matter how many products I’ve tried on my face.

  • Saachi

    Guys, for sure neem soap works the best. I’ve begun to do start using neem soap and it cleared all my acne after a few days of doing the routine!

  • kimberly alaniz

    nailed it for me. I haven’t slept but two hours for 3 days and my forehead looks gross.

  • daddio

    I’ve had breakouts on my temples that have finally.vanished but now has spread to my forehead for some time and I have no idea what to do to help it I drink plenty of water and eat fairly well!

  • Erika

    This whole blog post is based on alternative medicine- aka pseudoscience that has either never been proven or has been directly disproved, but people hang on to anyways.

  • Vivian Chen

    and pimples on the chin means changes or imbalance of hormones. Usually happens during the time of the month or pregancy!

  • Josie

    What if you suffer from bouts of dry areas on your skin? I have always thought maybe due to lack of hydration, but I feel it doesn’t completely help the problem. Could it be an indication of something else?

  • nawtyuh

    Yay, pseudoscience. Just like I will catch a cold if I go outside with my hair wet. So dumb. Stop perpetuating anecdotal crap.

  • Manesa

    What about breakouts under your nose/above your lips???

  • Christine

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention holding a phone to your face…classic way to get a breakout on your cheeks.

  • Katie

    What about breaking out on the whole chin when it’s not even that time of the month? I’ve been having so much trouble trying to stop them!

  • Seda

    this is so helpful, I did not know about any of these so thanks Lauren!! :)

  • Danielle Hensley

    I love that you posted this. I have been breaking out a lot lately after not breaking out and I couldn’t figure out why. It was like a sudden onslaught of zits out of nowhere. This article has given me an idea on what could be causing them in specific areas. However, I break out most in my cheeks but I don’t smoke and I am not around smoke.

  • Malte

    I agree that the air could affect your skin, it did happend to me in india to. But i think in my case its all about stress and feelings, and i consider the zone thing as bullshit. I ate some valium(benzodiazepine) and found out 2 days later how fkin amazing i look in my face, all was gone(came back in like 5-6 days). Cannabis do also have good effects on my skin, but not by smoking it, ive been trying some oils and they really do better then anything else, to bad its so expensive to use. I have a alot of blackspots and acne breakouts, alot. Ive been on loads of antibiotics and pills from my doctor to handle it but nothing works very well, except drugs that makes me stress free and so on. And no i rarely use any pills/drugs but when i do i really notice a big difference. So in my case its prob all mental but im not sure :)

  • Amanda

    I have them on my nose,what does that mean?

  • mayulala

    hey ladies,

    hate it when this happens, especially when my period lasts 2 weeks!

  • Mandy

    Hi Lauren! I envy your hair! Can you share your tips with how to battle staticy hair in the winter months? Also, how do you keep your face framing layers in place without them becoming piece-y? Thanks!! :)

  • DiaryOfAMakeUpAddict

    Well this definitely puts some things into perspective =)

    Xoxo Nathalie

  • dwayzhood

    i havn’t been around any one who smokes and i’m a boy and also i’m breaking out on my cheaks

  • LumiMist

    LumiMist: High-Tech Hero!
    Not only does LumiMist deeply purify pores of residue (contaminants) & have the ability to reduce acne breakouts + brighten skin within days, it sterilizes harmful surface bacteria and emits healthy Negative Ions… now go forth (and spritz away!)

  • anonmus

    i get them on my cheeks but i don’t know any who smokes???

  • Rachel

    I had awful breakouts on my forehead, now I rarely have any spots their as I have stopped ingesting cocoa (I.e. I have not eaten milk or dark chocolate in almost two years) it is one of the best things I have ever done. It has also reduced a lot of redness

  • reema

    Well this is kinda true .. i did get a few hormonal acne right before my periods .

  • katie

    Is the side of the chin ones only period related or could it be hormonal from pregnancy too?

  • Courtney Palmer

    Can you do a post about hangnails/dry winter hands? Does lotion strip natural oils that result in even dryer hands? What natural remedies are out there? Aka coconut oil, vitman e, etc. Also, is there an anti aging remedy for hands to keep them looking young? I’m tired of gross looking hands, specifically the nail area. Maybe the best DYI manicure?

  • ستيفاني دوران

    I get them in my cheeks and I don’t smoke

  • Steph

    What about on your actual chin? I suffer from breakouts ONLY on my chin, leaving bumpy scars and hyperpigmentation for the rest of my life. I heard it can also be due to poor diet or eating habits, can someone confirm?

  • Jessica

    This is super helpful! Thanks for posting this x

  • Paighton

    I love the makeup in this (I’m aware this is off topic)

  • 12345

    my skin was fine..and suddenly from past one yr i have so many pimples on my right cheek!tried everything..but yet no use..what should i do?

  • Maria

    What about breakouts around and on the nose? I’m always washing my face well at night and in the morning, so I don’t think its because of oily skin. Can anyone help me out with this one? Foods I could avoid? Creams to try applying?

  • Sydney Hernandez

    I get acne ALOT under my nose and both sides of my nose. I actually get acne on my forehead and almost everything this page covers. Except my cheeks.

  • Julia

    I’ve started getting awful acne around my mouth/chin area as soon as I hit my tewnties. It’s TERRIBLE I cannot get rid of it I’ve tried everything :( I know it’s hormonal but is there anything I can do??? I cant take it anymore



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