You can learn a lot about your overall health based on where pimples pop up on your face. More importantly, you can learn what you can do to solve the problem based on acne patterns you see over time.

If you find that your pimples are popping up in more or less the same spots each month, then it’s likely that your body is trying to tell you something. The location of your breakouts can also help alert you to what type of acne you have, whether it’s basic acne or the hormonal kind, both of which require different treatments

We will focus on the main areas where pimples tend to appear: between the brows, cheeks, nose, and chin. Each area can have different acne triggers and different solutions.

Jaw and Chin

If you frequently experience breakouts on the bottom part of your face around your chin and jaw, it most likely has something to do with your hormones. Hormones can over-stimulate the oil glands and clog pores where the acne bacteria grow. The oil is the problem, but the true cause is more complicated. Hormones don’t directly cause acne, but hormonal imbalances do. This is why puberty is a common time for experiencing acne breakouts, and why it’s so important to keep your skin clean.

A hormone-related breakout might also occur about 7 to 10 days before a woman’s period. So in the days before your period, try to pay extra attention to your skin care.

Edges of the Face

If you frequently experience breakouts around the edges of your face, the typical culprit is beauty products and makeup clogging your pores. Sometimes people forget to clean these areas and the makeup gathers. You can try switching up your beauty routine for a few weeks to incorporate more natural products and see if you notice any skin improvements. Breaking out along the hairline, near the ears, or in the cheek area can also fall into the hormonal acne category, although far less likely.

Keep in mind that this area of the face is also where people touch with their hands throughout the day without thinking about it, which can spread oil and dirt around.

Cheeks

If you find you have acne on your cheeks, it’s more than likely related to your diet. The most probable culprit?  You’re eating too many sweets.

Acne in this area can be a sign of high sugar consumption. Cleaning up your diet and limiting your intake of the sweet stuff may help cheek breakouts clear up. You should also be aware of how close you’re holding your phone to your face. If you spent time in the city, had to sit in traffic for hours, or otherwise came into contact with polluted air, that may explain pimples showing up here.

Forehead

If you get flare-ups in the forehead area, the probable cause is that you’re stressed or sleep-deprived. The secondary cause may be that or have digestive or liver issues. Forehead acne is one of the more difficult problem areas since it appears to have the strongest ties to other sections of your body. The first plan of attack, in this case, should be to bring your stress level down and get more sleep, especially if you’re going through acute periods of stress like exams or planning an important event.

As for the secondary strategy, pimples on the forehead area are sometimes a sign from your digestive system, and they may be a clue that your body is having a hard time breaking down certain foods. Greasy, fatty foods may be connected to acne here, or previously unknown food allergies. Stick with healthy choices as much as you can and consult a nutritionist if possible! Lastly, make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Nose

Do you find you have pimples around the center of your face, especially around your nose? The most likely reason is your face is producing too much oil.

The middle of your T-zone—forehead, nose, and down to the chin region—is generally a bit slicker because it has more oil glands than the rest of the face. That makes it prone to blackheads and whiteheads, and many experience breakouts on their nose itself. The best solution to this is to seek out standard skin care products and keep your face washed and clean so the oil doesn’t build up. As you could imagine, wiping oil away from this area into other areas could cause problems.

As you can see, each area of the face can experience breakouts for different reasons, including everything from diet to natural oils. If you’re aware of these facts and notice trends in your acne, you can take preventative measures so when random breakouts occur they won’t be nearly as severe and can be treated with products such as Benzagel’s acne family.