What the position of your spots mean

Acne angst isn’t just the skincare concern of your average teenager. Many of us continue to battle troublesome breakouts way beyond our teenage years. For those of us with regular breakouts in specific areas, your shampoo or even your mobile phone may be to blame.

Breakouts can be the result of multiple factors, often including fluctuations in hormones. Teenage acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels during puberty. Acne also runs in families. While it can be difficult to determine the root cause of spots, the NHS says there is no evidence that diet or poor hygiene play a role.


Breakouts on your forehead and around the hairline, could be caused by something as obvious as the hair products you are using. Sweat and styling products can build up and increase the likelihood of spots in this area. Try not to let your hair hang in your face and cleanse your skin AFTER washing your hair.


The hormones that fluctuate around your monthly cycle can cause glands to produce more oil, which blocks pores and causes outbreaks. We have many sweat glands in this area, so a menopausal hot flush can result in breakouts on your neck and chest.


Bacteria commonly causes spots on your cheeks. The spread of germs from your hands, phone and pillowcase can all contribute. A tell-tale sign that your phone is the culprit is persistent spots on one side of your face. A dirty screen combined with heat creates the perfect condition for spots to thrive. Clean your phone regularly and change your pillow case at least once a week, or even every couple of days.

Chin and Jawline

Breakouts on your chin and jawline tend to be bigger blemishes, deeper under the skin. This type of acne is usually down to hormonal fluctuations which can overstimulate the oil glands and clog pores. Avoid habits like resting your chin on your hand.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of a good skincare routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day – first thing in the morning and before going to bed.