I’ve never met a person who hasn’t have a pimple.

And that’s because we all have pimples—even a little and a small one—at least one time in our lives.

But why does acne, pimples, or acne vulgaris still feel so awful?


This skin condition is defined by Medical News Today as “a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest and upper arms.”

There are different types of acne, such as:






And yes, it is more common than you may think.

In fact, is the most frequent skin problem in the U.S. It affects about 40 to 50 million Americans yearly.


Acne is regularly related to adolescence because during this age the sebaceous glands activate.

But 85% people in the U.S. experience this condition between the ages of 12 and 24 years.

In other words, acne can appear at any age.

The causes of acne vary depending on the person. But the American Academy of Dermatology explains how they appear:

Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. This clog begins with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells.

Percentage With Acne
  • Teenage 70%
  • 20s 50%
  • 30s 35%
  • 40s 20%
  • 50s and older 10%

But when the body produces more sebum than it normally does, “the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore.”

So, they don’t rise to the surface.

Instead, they “become trapped inside the pore.”

This process causes blackheads and whiteheads, for example.

And if you’re wondering what causes an acne cyst or nodule—a pimple or a “bump”—the answer is simple:


But it’s not a weird and external bacteria. It’s bacteria that live on our skin. The American Academy of Dermatology describes the process:

Sometimes bacteria that live on our skin, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore. Inside the pore, the bacteria have a perfect environment for multiplying very quickly. With loads of bacteria inside, the pore becomes inflamed (red and swollen).

However, acne is an issue associated with more than just a superficial process.

Face mapping: What is your acne telling you?

“The face is the window to your health”, or that’s what traditional Chinese medicine says.

According to the beauty bloggers from Beauty Within, depending on the zone where a pimple appears, it will indicate that something is developing inside your body.

They specify that in order to address the issue, you should realize what every pimple mean.

Upper forehead

Chinese medicine relates this zone to the full digestive system and the bladder.

The beauty blogger says:

“When you’ve got poor digestive going, the body will have troubles breaking down food and there may be a large buildup of toxins.”
Lower forehead
If pimples appear in this area, it might be connected to:
  • irregular sleep,
  • stress,
  • depression,
  • poor blood circulation, etc.

Addressing these problems can seem tough.

But it’s not impossible. For example, you can fight insomnia with Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

And hey, it’s more simple than it sounds.


The suggestion made by Chinese medicine is that pimples in the nose zone reflect the heart.

In other words, they might be related to stress and problems with blood pressure.

Between the eyebrows

Breakouts in this area — says the beauty blogger — might be caused by too much consumption of alcohol and/or a high-fat diet.

The solution is self-explanatory.


“That’s when the kidneys are not taking care of,” states the blogger.

She adds:

“Kidney troubles are often caused by not drinking enough water and taking too much water and caffeine.”

The right side of the cheek

When a pimple appears on the right side of the cheek, it might be manifesting some lung problems.

Once again, stress is related to pimples.


  • allergies,
  • respiratory complications,
  • and smoking…

… can be related to the presence of blemishes in this zone.

The mouth area and the center of the chin
Some issues related to the stomach and small intestine can make pimples to appear in this zone.

They explain:

“Pimples showing up here could be caused by eating too much fast food or constipation.”
Sides of the chin

When a pimple appears in this area, it might be related to:

  • the reproductive organ,
  • the kidney,
  • and stress.

If you’re a woman, you might be thinking:

“Oh, so that’s why I always have a new pimple in this zone during my period”.

Yes, I said that too.

But you may be also wondering why is stress so related to breakouts.

Let an expert explain you.


Does stress cause pimples?

Claudia Aguirre, a neuroscientist and mind-body expert, explains in this TedEd video exactly how stress can produce pimples. 


You just saw how and why pimples are produced.

Now you need to take action.

But before you start doing something about your acne, you need to know what type is affecting your skin. In this infographic from Effortless Skin, you can learn:

  • who are affected by acne,
  • types of acne,
  • what do they look like,
  • and how can you treat them.


It affects us all but still makes us feel terrible and self-conscious.

You don’t need to feel sad or like a weirdo.

We all have pimples at least one time in our lives.

However, if you consider it’s becoming a genuine issue—and that it might be revealing something about your health—do not hesitate to speak with an expert dermatologist.

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