Acne is a pain in the butt…or the chin, the forehead, the back, etc. While modern medicine treats pimples and pustules with harsh chemicals and acids, Chinese medicine and homeopathic doctors approach acne from a different angle. They choose to treat the particular cause of a person’s acne.
So how can you pinpoint the cause of your body acne? It's all about location, location, location.
Here’s an acne map. Acne appears in different areas around the body, and breakouts in these 14 different areas correlate to different causes. Figure out which zones match your breakouts and read on to figure out the root causes of your acne.
Hormones are the biggest culprit of Zone 1 acne, which includes your chin and neck. Problems with the adrenal gland can cause acne here, but so can excessive sugar consumption and stress (as you read on, you’ll notice that stress can cause acne, oh, pretty much everywhere).
Stop stressin’, you! Nobody wants shoulder acne, which is most often caused by stress (or staying in your sweaty workout clothes too long). Find a way to reduce the stress in your life, whether it’s taking up yoga, going for a long walk or curling up with a good book and a glass of red wine. Your shoulder skin will thank you.
Boob acne is no bueno. We can all agree that boobs are great, but pimples on your boobs? The worst. If pimples are popping up in your chest area, it’s usually a sign that something’s wrong with your digestive system. Have you indulged in a bunch of junk food lately? Do you have a food intolerance you don’t know about? Any irritation in your digestion system could lead to undesirable boob acne, but you could banish these unsightly pimples by cleaning up your diet.
If you happen to get some breakouts on your arms, this may signify that you’re not getting the vitamins and nutrients you need in your diet. Fix this by incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet.
People who experience acne on their stomach often have high blood sugar levels. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but the best way to combat this type of acne is to clean up your diet. This means eliminating (or significantly reducing) white bread and sugar from your diet.
If you sit in sweaty workout clothes or don’t change into clean underwear often enough (ick!), you may have some acne down here. Bt there's good news: It’s easy to prevent! Simply adopt some good hygiene habits and wear clean underwear. If you’re experiencing red bumps down there that itch or hurt, you should head to a doctor ASAP, as this might be a sign of an STD.
Both the upper back and lower back tend to be common spots for acne, and this often reveals problems with the digestive system. So stop overindulging in junk foods and instead make sure you’re getting enough veggies.