Why Do I Get Breakouts on My Chin and Jawline?

After my blog post on The Real Root Cause of Acne, I had a few of you asking about the placement of acne breakouts, and how if acne is caused by bacteria and not by hormones, why breakouts occur in certain parts of the face… the jawline and neck in particular, which are considered “hormonal” areas.

I was taught in school that the jawline and chin were hormonal areas and told my clients this for years (sorry guys!). The truth is that the placement of acne breakouts has to do with your lymphatic system, and not your hormones.

Our lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body get rid of bacteria, toxins and waste.  These are removed through a clear fluid that transports them. Unlike our respiratory and circulatory systems, the lymph system does not automatically run on its own.  It needs to be stimulated through movement.

The green in this photo shows the lymph system in the face and neck.

While exercise stimulates the lymph in the body, the lymph fluid in the face and neck often becomes stagnant.  Think of it as a running river vs a murky pond. When the fluid is moving, it stays relatively clean, but when stagnant, bacteria harvests, grows and reproduces in that water. You could probably drink river water, but you wouldn’t ever want to drink pond water.

One third of our lymph nodes are located from the chest up, especially around the neck and jawline, which explains why breakouts occur here – it’s the area where there is the most amount of stagnation. When lymph becomes stagnant, the bacteria sits just beneath the skin and reeks havoc.

Facial massage that includes lymph drainage can get these toxins moving and away from the skin. This won’t kill the strep bacteria, but it can move it away from the skin to reduce breakouts in this area. This is one of many reasons why regular holistic facials that include lymph drainage can be so beneficial for congested skin! You can also move your facial lymph at home through manual massage, facial cupping, jade rollers and guasha.

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About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care.