Breakout Breakdown: Find out what your skin’s trying to tell you


Are even the most rigorous skincare routines not helping you with your acne? Have you tried every scrub, serum, face wash in the market with no results? Then it’s high time you consider looking on the inside, urges ARUNA MUKERJEE.

Your skin speaks volumes about your health and there a few indicative signs that you should keep your eyes open for, the most common areas of concern being, the chin, forehead, back, cheeks and arms. While many of these breakouts can be cured with home remedies and a healthy diet, some of them may require special attention from your dermatologist. All you have to do is keep track of the areas of your skin where breakouts happen repeatedly.

Hormonal imbalance is a prominent reason why many women suffer from acne. According to Dr. Apratim Goel, “Acne is seen more commonly during puberty when the hormones cause increased activity of the sebaceous gland. It is common to see acne on the lower face area, especially the chin, which is most often related to hormonal problems. Breakouts commonly appear during ovulation or just before the period begins. This is not true in all cases though, acne can persist throughout if you have severe PCOS.”

Understanding the cause of acne can go a long way in solving the issue. Let’s take a look at what the breakouts on specific parts of your face signify.

Pimples on the forehead usually suggest that your digestive system is not working well. This could be caused due to eating less fiber which makes it difficult for your body to cleanse itself. A glass of warm lemon water, first thing in the morning, helps in tackling those pesky bumps. Additionally cutting down fat intake and eating more fibrous foods, like, oats can also help in the cleansing ritual. And most importantly, don’t forget to hydrate!

Do the breakouts here pop up at ‘that time of the month’? Then it’s very likely, that these zits may be caused due to hormonal imbalances. While a topical treatment will bring these bad boys down, showing some extra love to your skin during this period will also help. Try including foods that regulate your natural hormonal cycle during such days. Also, avoid touching your face often as your fingers transfer bacteria onto your skin, which increases the chances of a breakout.


Back Acne or ‘Bacne’ can be particularly troublesome, especially, if you’re someone who loves noodle strap tops! Bacne is often caused by the sebaceous glands secreting excess sebum. This sebum, along with the bacteria and dead skin cells shed by your hair, block your pores and cause pimples. Dandruff and bacne are almost always correlated with each other. The best way to beat it, would be to get rid of the dandruff first. Besides, bacne is also caused due to indigestion stemming from dehydration which causes boils to erupt in the back.

Calling hairline acne painful would be an understatement. It hampers your hair care routine and makes combing a nightmare. Pimples on any part of your skin are caused by pore blockage. Pores can be blocked by the skin’s own excess oil, by an external factor or product.

For those living in humid temperatures, it’s important that one washes their scalp at least once or twice a week to keep it clean from those excess oils. Additionally, it’s also recommended that you avoid applying greasy products on your scalp, which can clog your pores. Noncomedogenic hair products are your best bet for grabbing this issue by the horns.

The putrid air of the city is to blame here. If you’ve been sitting in the traffic for too many hours, it’s time you cover up. The dust and pollution of the city air clogs up the pores, which results in numerous breakouts.

The best way to tackle this issue would be to cover your face with a scarf while in traffic and keep a small bottle of facewash handy, to kill any germs transferred onto your skin. Sometimes, too much sugar in your diet can also cause breakouts on the cheeks.

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