Acne and Health: What Your Body Is Trying To Tell You With Pimples!


Recently, due to bad sleeping habits and being under immense stress, I have been experiencing serious acne on my face. Fortunately for me, there are no mega events to attend for this period; outbreak started a few days after the Nelly Furtado showcase. But at the same, I feel very sad every time I look in the mirror.

Horrible, horrible, angry, red pimples EVERYWHERE!!! Right cheek, left cheek, chinny-chin-chin, jawline, and even the forehead which rarely has any pimples. And the skin on the jawline is so dry and flaky! Dry?! What?? I’ve never had dry skin in my life before!

It’s timely that I recently came across an image showing vaguely how having acne on different parts of your face actually shows the condition of your internal organs. And I decided to do more research on it and put together this post for long-time sufferers of acne and as a reminder for myself to take better care of my health.

Before we start, have you ever wondered why you always get pimples in the same spot? Ever wondered why acne appears only on certain parts of your face?

If you’ve:

  • battled with acne all your life,
  • tried products from high-end to drugstore,
  • been recommended products by friends who have flawless skin anyway,
  • been conned by one too many scheming promoters who give you hope that their products will work miracles on your skin only to be disappointed time and again,

it’s probably time to analyze the underlying problems.

Many people believe that acne is product related. Why then is acne not equally dispersed all over the face?

More often than not, it’s not that the products you’ve bought don’t give you the perfect vision you have painted in your head of having skin like the poster girl. Poster girls have been airbrushed to perfection and even those in videos can be easily altered.

I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend who works in the movie editing industry and he told me how they trick audience into thinking everything is impeccable. You know those shampoo advertisements? Those with hair that glow and shine and twinkle in the light in slow motion? FAKE. ALL FAKE. Hahaha, but that’s another topic altogether and today we want to focus on why we keep having pimples despite all the expensive shizz we put on our face.

According to PubMed,

Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples or “zits.” This includes whiteheads, blackheads, and red, inflammed patches of skin (such as cysts).

Let us now analyze the causes of pimples on the different parts of your face and what your pimples are trying to tell you about your body.

Chinese physicians believe that our skin reflects the health of our internal organs. So by isolating areas in which acne happens, we can better understand our body.

Look at the areas highlighted in red (not the red dots all over the face!).

Disclaimer: Just like in my post on Eye Makeup for 14 Different Types of Asian Eyes, I could not find the real source of these images. You know, Chinese websites don’t give two hoots about crediting sources so these images can be found on many, many sites. Information was all over the place, so I placed the corresponding causes and solutions together with the visual representation.

Acne position #1: Hairline

Fa(3) ji(4) dou(4) translates to ‘pimples on the hairline’, or scalp acne, or scalp folliculitis.


Usually caused by improper and incomplete removal of makeup, infrequent hair and scalp cleanliness or use of hair-care products that block pores.

What to do:

  • Wash your face and hairline twice a day. Keeping your skin clean with soap and water can minimize oil production from your pores.
  • Make sure you remove all traces of makeup before you sleep. I recommend Biore Eye Makeup Remover
  • Exfoliate once a week
  • Shampoo your hair every day. If this dries out your hair too much, you can use a conditioner to add moisture. You can also use a medicated shampoo containing salicylic acid. Shampoo with salicylic acid is typically used to treat dandruff; however, salicylic acid is a topical acne medication that slows dead skin cells from shedding and clogging pores.

Acne position #2: Between brows

Causes: Pimples between the brows indicate an overloaded liver. People with pimples between the brows experience chest tightness, heart irregularity. May also be caused by bangs/hair fringe, as filth and bacteria accumulation from dirty hair stains the skin.

(I have bangs but I rarely have any pimples on the forehead or between the brows, except for now :( )

What to do:

  • Avoid strenuous exercises
  • Get more sleep
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid foods that cause your skin to flare

GOODBYE WASABI PEAS!  (but they’re so yummy, you know~~~~ BOOOOO……!)

Acne position #3: Near eyes/nose

Causes: Pimples near the eyes and nose indicate poor liver function. You are probably very tired, sleep very little, and are under constant stress. Your diet lacks essential nutrients.

What to do:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables with high content of vitamin C (kiwi, sweet pepper, oranges) will help in providing you with a good mood.
  • Try to avoid eating late at night; especially right before bedtime as your body will not break down the food as effectively, leading to a toxin build up.
  • Love your liver by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, eating leafy greens, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking, and reducing your fat intake. (Do these not only for the pimples! It’s for your overall health!)

Lately I’ve been doing all of the above – keeping late nights, eating late at night, having little sleep, sleeping badly, under stress. Must love my liver more!

*grabs some grapes from the fridge

Acne position #4: Tip of the nose

Causes: Weak digestive system

What to do: What goes on, on your nose, is linked to your heart.

  • Eat less cold food. Cold foods causes gastic acid secretion.
  • Eat less pungent foods (spices, garlic, etc).
  • Eat less meat.
  • Massage the area around your nose.
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B

Acne position #5: Nose Wings

Causes: Sudden appearance of big, swollen pimples here may be associated with changes in reproduction system or the ovaries. Pimples on nose also indicate the problems of the cardiovascular system. The heart may lack vitamin B and protein. You have a very passive way of life, are constantly worried, and move very little. Your skin suffers from lack of nutrients and poor blood circulation.

What to do:

  • Eat less pungent foods (spices, garlic, etc)
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat warm temperature foods (not too cold or hot)
  • Get more fresh air
  • Exercise everyday (like going for a walk)
  • Massage the area around your nose
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B
  • Add more green vegetables and fruits, fish, various cereals to your diet. Do morning exercises or work out at least one hour a day.

Acne postion #6: Jawline

Causes: Poor lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system’s drainage becomes blocked, you cannot eliminate toxic material. Can also indicate hormonal imbalance in the sexual life. You might be nervous, sleep very little, drink much coffee or alcohol. Sometimes it might be a signal of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), so be sure to consult a doctor.

What to do:

  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early
  • Massage your body for relaxation
  • Practice proper hygiene

Acne position #7: Lip area

Causes: Pimple on lip or shoulders means problems with digestive system. Have you noticed indigestion, intestinal colic or constipation? You are very sensitive and vulnerable, too worried about everyone and everything.

Include more food containing fiber in your diet. Have a cup of green tea after each meal.

  • Eat more fiber
  • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Eat less spicy and fried foods
  • Massage abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Change your toothpaste

Acne position #8: Forehead

Causes: Outbreaks on your forehead can be caused by a toxin build up, usually related to poor digestion and lack of water. Pimples on forehead or above the eyebrow mean that your intestines are struggling to cope with their responsibilities. Your diet is most likely dominated by fats, soft drinks, red meat. Your body struggles to get rid of the extra toxins.

Pimples on the forehead is also affected by an overactive mind. (Bingo!)

What to do:

  • Drinking water helps to flush out the toxins in your body, so boost your water intake and have a look at the foods you are eating.
  • Minimize intake of fizzy drinks and high caffeinated drinks. Also look at switching to herbal teas, especially green tea!
  • Consume less chocolate, cakes, lemonade and Coke, drink more mineral water without gas. Eat food that helps eliminate toxins from the body: boiled cabbage, and baked apples.
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep. it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day (Pffft!! Tell me, in this internet age, who sleeps at 10pm?? I’m writing this sentence at 01:46, yo!)
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Better hygiene (washing hair, hats)

Acne position #9, 10: Left cheek, Right cheek


Upper Cheek

Your upper cheek is linked to your lungs. Outbreaks here can be caused directly by smoking and passive smoking. The air you are breathing will show in this area of your face, so you are more likely to break out in this area if you are living in a highly polluted area.

If you sleep on the side of your face, or use your mobile phone on this side, the germs and dirt can be transferred and will clog your pores, causing breakouts.

Pimples on chest, as well as on the back and cheeks indicate the lungs’ overload. According to the Eastern medicine, the lungs accumulate unbalanced, heavy and viscous energy that does not find a way out.

Lower Cheek

Breakouts on your lower cheek can be an indication of poor dental hygiene. If you have any infections in your mouth, especially involving your gums, this will show on the outside too.

What to do:

  • Hygiene:
    • Change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.
    • Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.
  • Food:
    • Foods great for healthier lungs include, kale, sprouts and pumpkin.
    • Include fresh vegetables, oatmeal and brown rice in your diet.
    • Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons, and green beans
    • Don’t overeat
    • Avoid fast food and junk food
    • Avoid mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
    • Eat less sugar
  • Lifestyle:
    • Try to spend more time on fresh air every day.
    • Try to keep a positive mood
    • Don’t let your body overheat
    • Try to decompress and relax
    • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM. This is when you should be sleeping
    • The lung is strongest at 7-9 AM. This is the best time for aerobic exercise
    • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM, so schedule difficult work for the morning
    • If you have to work in the afternoon, rest your eyes for 5 minutes every hour

Acne position #11: Chin

Causes: Your chin is linked to your small intestine, so a poor diet or food allergies could cause you to break out in this area.

Many women break out in this area around that time of the month. This area is related to your hormones, so any sudden changes or a hormonal imbalance, can cause breakouts here. These tend to appear a few days before you are due to start a period, and clear up once your period is over.

Pimples on the chin indicate hormonal imbalance in the sexual life. You might be nervous, sleep very little, drink much coffee or alcohol. Sometimes it might be a signal of PCOS, so be sure to consult a doctor.

  • Have enough sleep
  • Don’t pick at the pimples
  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early
  • Massage your body for relaxation
  • Practice proper hygiene

Keep a Food Diary

Look at your diet. Are there any specific food groups, such as dairy, that when you eat, you suffer an uncomfortable digestion or breakout in this area? It could be worth keeping a food diary to see if you can pinpoint which foods trigger the symptoms and outbreaks, for example, you could have a form of lactose intolerance, affecting your digestion.

Do you eat many oily foods too? The oils from these foods can make quite a mess on your face when eating, so make sure you clean around your mouth properly after eating to stop any build up on the surface.

For me, it’s definitely wasabi peas and too much sweet snacks. And I am beginning to suspect my body is suddenly reacting negatively to milk. Really! The past few days I drank a lot of milk and it’s at this time that my skin condition deteriorated.

It’s really good for the health to avoid sugary, spicy and oily food, but for goodness sake, I’m living in Singapore!!! Food paradise!!! How can I say no to chilli crab, egg yolk crab, lala, zut zut, laksa, sambal stingray, char kway teow, fried hokkien mee, nasi lemak, rojak…

Just too hard… TOO HARD.

Acne and Me

I’ve never had clear skin. Ever since I hit puberty, that is. Never had a day when the skin looked flawless. I always thought ‘pimples’ meant those red ones, so my acne positions are 6, 9, 10, 11. But now that I know acne includes everything from blackheads to cycts, it seems I’ve got 1-11 covered. @#&^%)&*!!!

Skin discoloration from recovering pimples are not as bad as those that are fresh, red, and show a bump. You can hide skin discoloration with makeup correctors, but bumps are just impossible to conceal.


  • Exercise. I dance at least once or twice per week. But maybe still not enough?
  • I sleep enough hours, just irregularly. Sometimes I sleep in the day, sometimes (rarely) I sleep at night. So the body’s confused.
  • Eating too much sweet stuff
  • Eating too much spicy food
  • Eating too late at night
  • Eating too many wasabi peas :(
  • Not eating enough fruit and vegetables
  • Sleep late, wake up very late
  • Dairy products?

Oh and I also have PCOS, confirmed by at least three gynecologists. Having acne comes with it. Part of the package.

What I will do:

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Eat less sweet stuff
  • No more wasabi peas
  • Don’t eat too late at night

Okie, I’ll start from these. I can’t promise to eat less spicy food and I know keeping a normal sleep routine is quite impossible, for now at least. I’ve also been seeing a TCM physician and been prescribed concoctions. Need to arrange for my next appointment!

Do you suffer from acne? For how long already? Any tips to share on combating acne?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • aimeevu

    I have PCOS too! It’s great to know that none of the symptoms are I don’t know, fatal, but most of them are annoying and sometimes embarassing. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to leave a comment sometime because I wanted to tell you that I picked up the Milani blush in Luminoso and I think it’s the most perfect color of blush for my skintone ever! I’m asian, but darker than you are, and I love it to bits. Thanks for the great review and keep up your awesome site!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @aimeevu My doctor said that PCOS is actually very common among women. Most women have it, just depends on how seriously it affects the body. I have irregular periods and ACNE. =( One other symptom is obesity. I don’t know which is worse.
      Yay! I’m so glad you got Luminoso! It’s fabulous! Amazing how it seems to fit every skin tone and undertone. WOOHOO!! =D

      • oranges

        @BunBunMakeupTips  I have acne , obesity but regular periods… can I have PCOS?

        • BunBunMakeupTips

          @oranges I really am not in position to diagnose your condition, darling. It’s best to go through tests at the clinic or hospital to find out. =)

  • Mostly Sunny

    OOO I’ve heard about the theory but thanks for the graphs and explanations! I am going to knock on wood, but I don’t break out too easily. I had some bad ones when I was in high school (stress. Gosh the stress), but after that it hasn’t been too bad. Nowadays if I break out it’s either the hormones or I’m testing something that my skin doesn’t like.
    Have you tried La Roche Posay Effaclar K? It works like a charm! Also Alpha-H Liquid Gold is pretty amazing too. It depends on how your skin reacts to acid, especially the types of acid but it’s worth looking into?
    Hope you’ll find something that works!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @Mostly Sunny Yaaa!!! Your skin is so good. *envious* I’ll see how it goes for the next week. Skin’s been pretty okie before I drank the two large bottles of milk. @_@

      • Mostly Sunny

         @BunBunMakeupTips Ugh you’re not the only one whose skin doesn’t like dairy, but it’s kinda hard to take ALL the dairy products out of one’s diet!

  • BAMBIx

    I used to heard about this theory for so long but can’t remember which part correlates which organ or what .. etc. I had so bad acne on my cheeks and forehead when I was in high school. Then, I figures out later that acne was from my teenager’s hormone HAHA.
    I used to allergic to cosmetics. Well, by saying that .. actually I’m still not sure that was from allergy or unclean facial wash .. or from too much washing -*- HAHA. So I stop acne problem which I definitely don’t know what’s the cause of it by using MINERAL MAKEUP instead. Want to tell you so much Juli, that MMU is PERFECTLY AMAZING. Hope you try it some day, and I think any brands are OK because they usually add the same ingredients, except, maybe, some additives. No more question about do I wash my face cleanly?, or will this clog my pores?. So easy to wash with Physiogel!. And most of them are so cheap and last like forever. Highly recommend you to try it once Juli. ^^ Still, I don’t have clear face. But that’s better than ever.
    My pore is easily clogged, and I still have bad habit of eating too little of vegetables and fruit, sleeping too late, and some stress.It’s hard for me to change my eating habit :( I know how you feel coz I also live in Thailand .. food paradise too :)
    Anyway, your blog is awesome as always ^^ And so sorry that I comment too long again HAHA

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @BAMBIx Wootz! Strong recommendation! I’ve tried mineral foundation from BareMinerals and my face ended up SUPER OILY and the product oxidized on my face so my face and neck were of two different shades. HAHA! Mineral eye makeup is also not as nice as normal ones, in terms of pigmentation and lasting power, at least from what I’ve seen and tried.
      Having a healthy intake of fruit and veg is really important but most of us neglect that aspect. Ooooh yes! Thailand is another place for AMAZING FOOD!!!
      Haha, no problem. I love reading comments readers like yourself leave me. It’s really encouraging, you know? *hugz   ^_^

      • BAMBIx

         @BunBunMakeupTips  @BAMBIx Well, I don’t have much experience with MMU coz I use only 1 Thai brand and that’s so awesome, so I never try anything else after that. I’ve never tried mineral eyeshadow though, coz I’m just the beginner HaHa.
        It will be oxidized easily when your moisturizer contains VIT C and… something I forgot LOL, maybe BHA? For me, It’s crucial to use mineral oil control  to help slowing the oxidization, and apply it like a sandwiches ><. Something like mineral primer>>mineral oil control>>2 layers mineral foundation>>mineral oil control>>mineral powder. Using lighter shade of foundation is a good idea too. And the last thing I discover is this specific brand’s Sunscreen for oily skin that’s very like BB cream LOL. That just works for me ^^

  • mochiandmacarons

    It is definitely your eating habits. I used to think I had acne my whole life and was resigned to it.
    Then I started NOT eating crap. Nothing greasy, no processed foods, nothing from a box or a can, let alone a fast food restaurant. 
    My skin cleared up and stayed clear ever since. I get the occasional pimple when I try new products like Dr. Dennis Gross retinol pads, or hormonal breakouts on my chin, but otherwise, I am 100% pimple free.
    It is not worth it to eat bad food, only to see it appear on your face and last for 2-3 weeks and leave a dark mark or a scar, or to have bumpy, ugly skin even if you wear makeup to cover it.
    Most pimples are a sign of an allergy to something you ate.
    Now I just focus on eating clean (raw, natural foods, cooked or not, but nothing processed like cookies, or nothing greasy like noodles soaked in oil), and I don’t even need to wear makeup if I don’t want to.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @mochiandmacarons WOW 100%!!! Yeah, I totally agree that food is one major factor. You are what you eat. I’ve since cut down on eating nonsense, like chocolate bars, cookies, wasabi peas, etc. I don’t even like fast food for a start; I eat it less than 5 times a year, so that’s a good thing I guess. I’ve also stayed away from milk; it’s quite hard to cut dairy totally from normal diet though.
      I’ve also tried to tweak my lifestyle a little and from what I see, it’s working out quite well. =)
      One has to put in effort to look and be healthy! Really envy those who can eat whatever they want, don’t take much care, and still have glowing skin.

      • mochiandmacarons

         @BunBunMakeupTips I was always told food had nothing to do with your acne, but the difference between what I ate before and what I eat now, is really clear in my face. When I eat bad food now, it shows up on my face about 3 days later. No question about it. I am not used to eating crap and my body hates it.
        Dairy and cheese are also problems for the skin for some people. I’m lucky in that it doesn’t really affect me, but I know others who cut dairy out of their lives and have super clear skin now.
        You’ll get used to not eating junk any more.. I did, anyway. Sushi is my favourite thing to eat, so it was easy.

  • steve84

    Provided tips are very  useful for acne  i  love it thanks for  sharing more information of  acne

  • dancingdraft

    This is obviously not anywhere near a first line of defense for acne, but using Nuvaring COMPLETELY cleared up my acne within about 2 months.  I never had cystic acne, but I had nasty red spots on my entire face, neck, back, chest, and arms to the elbows for almost ten years, and I tried pretty much everything except Accutane.  Recently I switched to Mirena, and it’s starting to come back on my forehead and chin, boo :(  (I DEFINITELY think too much and have TERRIBLE intestines).

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @dancingdraft Nuvaring? I went to Google it and it’s a… once-a-month birth control vaginal ring? @_@

      • dancingdraft

         @BunBunMakeupTips  @dancingdraft  Oh, I didn’t realize you might not have it in Singapore *smacks forehead*.  It’s pretty common in the USA, because you don’t have to remember it every day, although it is expensive.  I think it’s safer because the hormone level is about 1/100th of a pill, but I don’t know if any studies have been done.  You wear it like a tampon and the hormones just sort of seep into your body.  I’m really not sure how they get the hormones in the plastic in the first place though!

  • hse

    Acne is not just annoying, painful and unattractive but can also very stubborn despite the many natural and commercial skin care products currently available.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @hse Exactly. You basically need to be born with good skin to begin with, for products to work. Lol. Otherwise those flawless skin we see in ads will be forever unattainable.

  • HCG

    Acne appears not only in teens, but also in adults. It can be a pain especially if it is triggered by the fluctuations in your hormonal composition.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @HCG I believe I have very imbalanced hormonal composition! >.<“

    • sarkari naukri

      @HCG Acne can occur at any age from baby to child to teen to adult. The important thing is to know why acne occurs and what you can do to treat it.

  • RohanPasricha

    This is a fabulous post. Now I know why I break out in certain areas only. Thank you so much.

  • EmilyRice

    Dairy is incredibly acidic, which makes it bad for your organs – even if it doesn’t show on your skin. Dairy alters the PH in your blood stream which makes your blood acidic instead of alkaline. Diseases – including cancer cells – CANNOT LIVE IN AN ALKALINE environment, but THIRVE in an acidic one. Also, your body wants to be alkaline so bad that it leeches calcium from the bones to dump into the blood to rebalance PH, so all this bull about dairy being a source of calcium is wrong – it robs more than it gives. It’s not hard to drop dairy from your diet – especially now that Harvard med school found a direct link to dairy and breast cancer deaths!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      EmilyRice Thank you SO MUCH for this, Emily! I knew milk was bad, but didn’t know how bad or why it’s bad. 
      Isn’t it sick then, that everyone – all the scientists and researchers, whatever – has been emphasizing on the benefits of milk for our body for decades and still there are is concrete information to warn the public of the real effects of milk??
      Should we avoid all dairy products? Like even cheese?

      • zach

        BunBunMakeupTips From what I have researched, I’ve found that it is good to limit your dairy intake. It just puts more hormones into your body, causing breakouts, which lead to stress, which leads to more breakouts. I still struggle a little with acne, but dropping my dairy intake really did a lot for my skin. It took a few weeks to notice. For everyone dealing with stress, I live in Denver where I’m legally allowed to smoke marijuana, and that alone has reduced %50 of my daily stress, improving my skin. I wouldn’t suggest smoking (sorry for going off topic) JUST to reduce acne, because for some people, I hear it agitates their skin more. Great blog, good points, & kudos!

        • BunBunMakeupTips

          @zach BunBunMakeupTips I think it’s something like how some people claim that smoking (as in cigarettes) helps them slim down? Marijuana is illegal here though so I won’t get to try. 
          Ever since that episode where I couldn’t poke my cheek without touching a pimple or two, I haven’t touched milk at all, at least not in its true form. I eat cheese (cheese fries FTW!) and other forms of milk but have stopped drinking milk altogether. 
          Thanks for sharing what researched! This is what I love about blogging. =D

    • zach

      EmilyRice Very true. Reducing my dairy intake did wonders. I drink tons of milk, I just love it. However, I found out there are tons of hormones in it. Nursing cow = extra hormones. Realizing that I was adding an excessive amount of hormones into my diet, causing MY hormones to go all whack, I decided to try an alternative. After acquiring the taste of almond milk, I see great results, and just feel better overall. It costs a little more ($3 a half gallon, sometimes 2 for $5), but it is worth it! Tasted a little funny at first, but now I love it! Almond milk and cheerios with bananas is my favorite!

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  • rachie88

    Hello, this is so informative! Thank you for sharing! I hate my breakouts! :(

  • rayliz

    Ohhh god, come on people…
    Of course these tips are going to improve your health and some may even help your acne but it’s not localized to one area of your face!!!! Bullcrap!

  • rayliz

    Oops meant to say unless it’s something obvious like greasy hair rubbing against your forehead.

  • MelissaLocks

    I use Citrus Clear’s face wash before applying makeup. It has definitely helped reduce my acne, and leaves my skin refreshed. On occasion I will use Citrus Clear at night after removing makeup, if I wore my makeup for longer than usual. It should work for you too – and it has no harmful chemicals and is super gentle!

  • angelpoppet74

    I have been getting spots alot lately tween my brows and on my forehead. I haven’t eaten meat in about 18 months as it was causing severe bloating stomach cramps and terrible wind. I also cut out wheat and gluten in last 6 months I never drink carbonated water or fizzy drinks and drink at least 2ltrs of water a day. I exercise regularly 5 out of 7 days so im baffled as to why im suddenly developing a spot problem?

  • xenyoul

    Thank you very much for the info man.

  • Andielim

    Hi, I’ve read that vitamin D is also a type of hormone and this helps with PCOS and also decreasing the oil produced on your skin. You might want to do some research on the benefits of vitamin D! :)

  • PresaStrawberry

    uhm is lemon water is the same as lemonade?

  • An_Anonymous

    Well I’ve recently heard you should apply jojoba oil OR tea tree oil to those pimples and acne. I haven’t yet tried it but I’ve seen enough reviews and heard enough suggestions to help me try it. You should take a cotton-bot and apply it to each spot. You should search up more about this on google! hope this helps 😀

  • deanne4321

    hi, just writing to say I loved this, very insightful and helpful, thanks for posting it : )  in researching the same area myself I came across something you may find helpful also. You mentioned drinking a lot of milk lately, I also love milk, I read it has anti-depressant properties, maybe you have been feeling a bit low at this time and craved a pick me up, the book Constant Craving by Doreen Virtue is a study in the link between food craving and emotions, you may find it interesting. Thanks again for the information, kind regards, Deanne.

  • suckerfish

    I lLOVE this site! the first one that popped up when I Googled…well done.  Even beauticians (pretend) not to know this stuff and as for Western medicine…Pffftffft!  Wow, I have been interested in what the body is telling us…for a long time and finally someone is speaking plainly and openly about it yay!!! Even pimples on your back can at times indicate where your spine is “misaligned”…Pimples on shoulders indicated when I fell pregnant. I would just like to add one more ‘pimple place” that has been really clear to me: tiny rough pimples below the corners of the mouth (where the marionette lines form or those cute little dimples live) …are indicators of dehydration or drinking water with too many minerals/salts (and Chlorine).

    My little 7 year old daughter has just broken out across her forehead… too many birthday parties to attend …but also I had the nagging suspicion that she’s become pretty STRESSED lately… chewing finger nails and pulling her hair, not sleeping well…more B vitamins, Magnesium,  time off  and cuddles!!!

    Also have you any idea about the pimples on upper arms?  Both the tiny hard ones,  and the softer ones?   I have only found moisturizing to have any effect…but I suspect there are deeper causes.  People have suggested milk intolerance…hmmm not so much milk,  but maybe butter? or not enough exposure (of the arms) to sunlight?

    As for PCOS, Its a spectrum… different people, different times in your life are more effected than others… good diet, REGULAR EXERCISE (even or especially moderate) is VITAL (to PCOSers as well as anyone feeling a bit “low” or solidly depressed at any time) ….and most of all keeping your body fat down (as best you can…lord knows its a struggle)… hormones love fat…and a fat/clogged liver has trouble dealing with excess hormones.  But of course that’s a vicious cycle. 

    If anyone out there is trying to fall pregnant…try to drop a couple of kilo’s (or 5…whatever you feel is appropriate) before the attempt, then as you’re ‘trying’,  RELAX the eating and exercise (and mind and body), regain a  kilo or two…seems to trick the bod somehow? Stress (adrenalin) is the enemy of pregnancy. SEROTONIN is the tonic.
    Oh and thanks deanne4321…will check out “Constant craving”  by Doreen Virtue.

  • MizLipz

    I tend to get really painful acne around my hairline and forehead, I think it’s hormonal. I was using the Citrus Clear Blackhead mask – and it left my skin feeling really hydrated afterwards which is something I didn’t expect, most likely due to the amount of essential oils in it. I really liked that. It didn’t smell odd and felt nice upon application. The following day I noticed that all of the painful pimples on my forehead and hairline had dried out and everywhere else felt nice and soft.

  • MaryPoe

    It helped me to not use conditioner in the shower, only spray some leave in conditioner before I brush my hair being careful to avoid my skin. Also I switched my soap to dial and my shampoo to herbal essence naturals. Also I found that acne face washes were causing more harm than good. I wipe my face with a sensitive skin baby wipe then rinse my face off with water. I also soak my face in Epsom salt water about once per week, and scrub my face with a sugar water paste once per week. I non longer get real pimples which used to be a constant annoyance, but I’m still looking for a solution to the little tiny almost not there bumps on my cheeks and jaw line. It seems like my diet could be the cause of that or a vitamin deficiency.

  • wadewey

    In order for you to get rid of acne forever,
    1. You must learn what the cause of your acne is and how to control it.
    2. The right and effective acne treatment means a treatment not only remove acne from the face but it also stops it from coming again.
    I am following the programme “Acne No More” by Medical Researcher and Nutritionist Mike Walden and in it, he covers both these methods perfectly. I had tried a lot of methods to rid myself of my crippling acne. This program worked. My acne had cleared up and very quickly, I might add. My skin is now remarkably clear. Not a day goes by where I don’t thank the lord that I found this powerful solution. It really works, I highly recommend you to check it out.

  • chandan_jes

    It is one of the great article to me because i have got a wonderful article with the Dental Health information.

  • MarkTennis

    I used to have moderate acne – I stopped letting my hair touch my face!!

    I followed this regimen: for the most part) I wash gently now with the Citrus Clear Face Wash and then use a Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment. I do also use the Citrus Clear moisturizer, but it does not have SPF protection – which is OK, because my skin is too sensitive for SPF. 

    I use Baking soda to get my makeup off at night. 

    This is what worked for me. I have begun to clear up and stay clear.

  • tylis

    My aunt has always said that the chicken skin bumps on the back of upper arms/shoulders and thighs are due to gluten intolerance. I’ve also read the same thing in health articles but can’t remember where. Worth looking at, so much gmo gluten in our food these days.

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  • KentClark1

    I didn’t realize that proper oral hygiene can have an impact on acne along your jawline. It makes sense, though. Many of our acne issues are because of things going on inside of us. I think that seems to be the issue more than what is happening on the surface of our skin.

  • Jessica Adams

    Tiny hard bumps on upper arms is most likely hyperkeratosis.

  • KatB120113

    For starters, this is an overall helpful article about acne. But I must say some information on here doesn’t make sense. Referring to when you stated “Shampoo your hair everyday. If this dries out your hair too much, you can use a conditioner to add moisture.” If someone washes their hair everyday, it will strip their hair from it’s natural oils causing it to become dry, and dead lacking shine and “life”. You should be adding a conditioner regardless if you wash it everyday or not. But the conditioner only puts moisture into your hair to a certain extent. If you’re washing your hair everyday conditioner isn’t going to solve the problem because it’s just simply being washed way too much. Plus, conditioner does not restore natural oils, which are good and vital for your hair. Without natural oils, your hair will become (as previously stated) dead, also causing split ends as well. So your advice about that isn’t very helpful. In addition, if I interpreted what you stated correctly in reference to salicylic acid, you are saying that it clogs pores. It actually does the complete opposite. It cleans out your pores and is a top item for extremely clear skin. Other than those two things, your page is very helpful and well put together. Thank you for sharing your information!

  • Teridm

    This may sound weird but if you have cystic acne, try to wash your face with a good acne cleanser. After patting dry, apply vapor rub to your face. Avoid eye area, spread a thin coat. Sleep, tomorrow you will notice they have been reduced. This really works for me. Vapor rub has many healing qualities

  • Alema95

    I’ve actually been having some stomach/digestive problems and couldn’t figure out why I was having bad acne. Thanks

  • TonyThompson1

    I suffered from lots of acne as a teenager. As an adult, I occasionally continue to have outbreaks. That said, none of this “advice” is presented with a shred of evidence supporting the claims. You’re literally offering your opinions, unsubstantiated by any evidence, and treating them as facts. That’s astonishingly awful.

    • disqus_NmQvALx2CZ

      Really? Astonishingly awful? Do you live under a rock by chance, or have you just never been exposed to anything real in your life? There are about a million things worse than expressing your opinion online without citing “evidence”, you really need to get your priorities straight guy. We’re talking about acne here (where, by the way, there are very few “facts” to begin with) not genocide or world wars for gawds sakes. Calm the **** down.

    • iko

      Spoken like a true retard.

      I and many others have benefited with these TCM acne mapping. SO it’s without evidence, or you’re too STUPID & LAZY to do your own research.

      Learn Chines dweeb…then you’ll find loads of evidence. It is your OWN LACK of knowledge that is restraining your “evidence”.

      IF I am going to spoon feed you wtih the’s gonna costs you..

  • colashock

    She did write this article a few years ago we shouldn’t be so harsh on her. It has to with hormones, thyroids, our internal organs (liver, heart, kidney, intestines, etc), stress, sleep pattern; Everyday life in general. I had clear skin until 28 my acne were cystic acne being Celiac I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, she should research more on “Scalp Acne & Scalp Folliculitis” it’s not from dirty makeup or not removing it properly along her hairline that gave her breakouts. Acne by the hairline is an inflammation caused by clogged pores from your makeup, hair products, allergic reaction or chemical sensitivities.(quoted by my dermatologist & naturopath) Shampoo scalp 3x/wk Conditioner ends only, dandruff hair should consult GP about salicylic shampoo if you have sensitive skin dries it out. I bought my dad 100%Pure kelp&mint shampoo helps w/dandruff, coconut conditioner moisturizing. I use Alterna Caviar Moisture line (free of sulph paraben, gluten) color my hair.

    Wash your pillowcase, sheets, towels in hot water tumble dry once a week. Best time to exfoliate face + body is after bath time; if you have time males/females soak relax pamper ourselves 1. Dry Skin Brush upwards entire body eliminate harmful elements increase blood flow, add lavender oil w/epsom salt or any oil, no epsom salt np!! use baking soda does the same thing. Sore muscles or Fibromyalgia (like me) try Japanese Mint Oil; during detox week I splurge on Clay to do body wrap. (20 min) During bath, the steam opens up your pores I massage in circular motions on face (make sure you clean before bath, the best is to exfoliate). Out of the bath use ice-cube allover face to cool down follow with a Moisture Mask.
    Sometimes its easier said than done, eat organic healthy lifestyle, replace sugar, instead of coffee have greentea in AM drink water w/lemon slices helps digestion & ease belly bloats. Only time I drink pop is tummy ache for gingerale I squeeze lime juice (learned in Jamaica). Berries are full of antioxidants best to snack on after workouts, best time to sleep is 11pm the latest (colon needs to rest along with our organs) my Colon Hydrotherapist explained to me in Hong Kong.

    ***Only use soap free Soap w/o Synthetic detergent to wash your face don’t use regular soap as she mentioned…I’ve been using Charcoal Konjac Sponge to wash my face from Japanese Konjac Sponge company (US) it’s the best and I bought another for body, when my face feels dry I switch to Citrus sponge known for hydration, for exfoliation I read in Japanese forum using Sparkling mineral water w/cotton pad to exfoliate, helps with my millia. Using konjac sponge you will notice difference, light toner, oil free moisturizer w/spf (day). (pack in makeup bag Clean & Clear blotting paper I barely use now; a mini bottle of Avenue spring water spray, sample moisturizer) after blotting > refresh water > moisturize w/spf (indoor lighting has UV) Face is oily ~ pls hydrate me skin is thirsty, once you start moisturizing using oil free product, keep up the cleaning for a month you’ll notice a huge difference. I never believed it, I have facial parties at my house now.

    Sorry for long note. Hope all this helps. I am not here to make the world happy but it doesn’t hurt to try. Good luck

  • Gra Piken

    Wheat and dairy! What more can I say? These two seem to effect my skin the most. The slightest bit of dairy and a few days later I will get pimples. I love cheese… So I feel sorry for myself! Wheat also seems to have an effect. How strange. The trouble is, wheat is in everything. But after giving up wheat I noticed my skin slowly started to improve.

    I agree with the advice about caffeine, sugar and stress. I never thought about the liver before so I’m going to try eating earlier instead.

  • Charlie

    Hey guys,

    I’ve had acne for the past year and a half and I am really getting tired of it, I have acne on positions 2, 8, 9, 10.

    I eat pretty clean, i drink a ton of water as I also workout 5 times a week. I don’t smoke drink or do drugs and wash my face everyday. I do most of the tips given in the article but it just doesn’t seem to help. Is anyone able to help me ?:(

  • Ravi

    I am Ravi. I from India and i am a boy aged 17years i have 2,5,7,8,9,10 and sometimes 11 types of pimples
    what happen with me i don’t know but i suffer these problem form last 3 or 4 years please give me suggestions thank you.

  • Fiona

    Hi Bun Bun,
    I’m Fiona, nice to know you. I’m currently dealing with the beauty industry myself too. I came across your blog and read this post and I like how you share your experiences and those tips! Haha very interesting :) Have your situations improved?

  • Christina

    I’ve struggled with acne since I was 15. I’m 20 now and I still struggle with it. I have cut out dairy from my diet and I think that have helped a lot. There are a lot of hormones in dairy products, which can cause your skin to break out. I also think that foods that are high in sugar is bad for your skin, because it seems like every time I eat chocolate or cake, my skin always breaks out. And it’s sad because it’s so good! But what works for one person might not work for you.

  • rivierotter

    Hi there, just to say that I went off diary and sugar for other reasons. Acne cleared up. Didn’t realise the connection until I started eating them again and – pimples.

    • Bun Bun Makeup Tips

      Glad you found a cure! I tried to stay off dairy and seafood like one doctor suggested, but my acne didn’t improve. Now I eat those and my acne seems okie. Lol.

  • Snow Girl

    I’ve 4,5, and 8, but mostly it’s just all over my nose and it has really affected my self esteem. Recently I see another huge acne and for a moment I really wanted to cry, or burn my face, or both. Hahas. But jokes aside, my acne problem have really bothered my and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better even though I’ve visited many doctors and tried different medicine. I’ve been troubled by my acne since I’m 14 and I am 21 now. :'(