Many people assume that if they are out of their teenage years, they will no longer be faced with the problem of acne. For many people though, this is not the case.
Acne continues on to their adult years, and can show up in a number of different places, including on their cheeks.
This type of acne can be difficult to cover up and hide from other people, and be even more disheartening to the person who is experiencing it.
There are a number of risk factors, natural treatments, and over the counter measures which may prove to be helpful.
Even still, some people may have such a severe case of acne that they should consult with their doctor to treat it properly.
Risk Factors for Cheek Acne
There are a bunch of different factors which may make cheek acne more of a problem for some people than others. In addition, people who have cheek acne may not deal with acne elsewhere on their body.
- One potential risk factor for having acne is having oily skin. While oily skin may not be as prone to other blemishes, like wrinkles, it is more likely to develop acne because it can clog pores more frequently. As oil produces, dirt and skin cells combine with the oil, cause an inflammation of the pores in the face, and creates the appearance of pimples.
- A second risk factor for developing cheek acne is sudden changes in hormones. For some women, this may mean during certain times of their period they may experience acne more so than others. It may mean when they are pregnant they have more acne, and some women even get acne for the first time during menopause.
- A third risk factor is poor nutrition. If you eat a lot of sugary foods, caffeine, processed foods, white bread and potatoes, your body may have a harder time metabolizing these foods. As a result, your cheeks are more prone to acne outbreaks.
- A fourth risk factor is your skin and makeup routine. If you do not clean your makeup from your face regularly, use products that clog pores, or you wash your face with products that are too harsh for your skin, you may be more prone to developing acne breakouts on your cheeks.
- A fifth risk factor for cheek acne are certain medications. Some medications can dry your skin making it easier for pimples to form. Some can also cause you to have changes in hormones, making it more likely to have pimples. Or some antibiotics can disrupt your skin’s ability to fight off pimples. Lastly, excessively touching your face with dirty hands, or picking at blemishes on your face can cause more pimples to form. It can spread the bacteria that causes pimples and create more inflammation.
Natural Self-Care Treatment for Cheek Pimples
If you find you have painful pimples on your cheeks, it is important not to touch or squeeze them. This can actually cause the skin to become more infected and irritated.
- Instead, consider dabbing at the pimple with a little bit of iodine on a cotton swab. This medicated treatment can help to clear up the bacteria causing the pimple, although it might take a few days for the pimple to disappear completely.
- If the area is dry and painful, using aloe gel from an aloe plant can help to sooth the skin. You can do this at any time, but doing it at night and then applying a breathable bandage over it can help the pimple to heal naturally.
- A third option for treating cheek pimples is to use steam to help open the pores and bring the impurities up and out of them. You can use steam from a hot sinkful of water or from the hot shower. After about ten minutes, the pores should be open and cleaned out. Take a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide on it to then clean away any debris on your skin. Pat your face dry, but whatever you do, do not rub or squeeze your pimples. Since the pores are open, if you have debris on your skin you can spread it back into the opened pores and cause them to become clogged again.
- A final home remedy is to take a tomato, slice it in half, and proceed to rub it on your skin. The nutrients in the tomato and the acid in it can help to break up whitehead pimples on your cheeks. After you are done. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel.
Over the Counter Products
There are a large number of over the counter products available on the market today. One of the most important things to know about these products is what purpose do they serve.
If the product is designed to exfoliate the skin, make sure you do not combine it with another product that does the same thing. This can create more complications instead of helping the skin to repair.
If your products have an active ingredient in them, look for benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid. They are known for treating acne. But do not get too many products with these ingredients or it may cause excessive dryness to the skin and create red blotches on the skin which can become painful. It can also trigger an overproduction of oil to start and clog pores further.
For treating acne on the cheeks, also make sure the product is designed for use on the face. The skin on your face can be delicate. Getting a product that is not meant for use on the face can work against you instead of healing the skin on your cheeks.
Lastly, realize there are no “overnight cures” for acne. Products that claim to get rid you of your acne overnight are too good to be true.
Instead, stick with products that have been proven to work, and be prepared to treat the area over the period of a week before you see marked improvement.
Then if you are prone to developing acne, still be prepared to continue to need to use some type of acne fighting product or routine to help prevent further outbreaks from occurring.
Preventing Future Cheek Acne
One of the most important things in treating cheek acne is to then prevent additional outbreaks from occurring. One of the most important parts to prevention, is to pay attention to your diet and avoid foods which are known to trigger outbreaks.
Look for nutrient rich foods which are not over processed. Drink plenty of water, and avoid carbonated beverages and caffeine when possible. Make sure you take time to engage in physical activity regularly.
This will help to clear out your pores, just make sure to shower and change your clothes afterwards to prevent pimples from forming.
Avoid taking medications if possible that can cause cheek pimples to form. If you must take medications, consult with your doctor to see what options you may have. When looking at your beauty routine, look for makeup and products which do not clog pores.
There are also products that can help to fight acne, but do not overdo it. Too many acne fighting products can complicate things instead of improving them.
Also look for products with natural ingredients and that are mineral based, which can help your skin to heal and repair. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, as they can harm the skin. Avoid touching your skin any more than is necessary, and wash your hands beforehand if you must touch your face.
Lastly, if you still do not find relief, ask your doctor if the use of a tar based soap would be beneficial in helping your skin to heal and repair itself.
There are a number of different ones available. While they have a strong scent, it is a natural scent. In other products though seek to avoid added fragrances whenever possible.
Consulting with Your General Physician
There are times that no matter what you try to do, you will still get painful pimples on your cheek. If you have tried a number of home remedies and your acne persists, or you suspect your medication may be the cause, you should call your doctor.
Your doctor can assess your skin and determine if there is another underlying cause for your skin breaking out, or if a medication change might help.
Your physician can also prescribe specific gels, creams, cleansers, and oral medications which are only available to treat acne by a prescription.
Some of the medications are used daily, multiple times a day, and some only once a week. They can also help you to determine if you need to see a specialist, known as a dermatologist. Dermatologists treat skin ailments, and have access to treatments many general physicians may not.
They also see cases of acne from slight to severe, and can help determine what the best option is for your skin and the type of acne you are facing.
Some treatment options may include the use of injections to help reduce inflammation of the skin, laser treatment to help reduce the scarring caused by acne and reduce pores, or draining severe acne pimples which need more invasive treatment.