Chin acne is a frustrating phenomenon that many women experience. Unfortunately, acne on the chin doesn’t present as tiny subtle acne lesions; acne on the chin usually presents as painful, cystic nodules that last for days. These acne breakouts on the chin are often attributed to hormonal fluctuations in women. Many women notice that that their chin acne is worse in the days leading up to their menses.
Dr. Schweiger explains that, “To treat chin acne, we commonly recommend a prescription medication called Spironolactone. This medication is used off-label to block the androgen receptors, so that the acne-causing androgen hormone cannot bind at the receptor.” Spironolactone doesn’t not work instantly; like many medications, it takes at least a month to begin working. Therefore, many women at the Clear Clinic undergo in-office laser and light-based treatments for their acne. These in-office treatments typically produce improvement in active acne significantly faster than prescription medications.
Women with chin acne often see improvement in their acne while undergoing Photodynamic Therapy and the Isolaz laser acne treatment in particular. Photodynamic Therapy utilizes a medication called aminolevulinic acid, which is then activated by a blue LED light, to kill the p. acnes bacteria that leads to acne. The Isolaz laser acne treatment uses a gentle suction to clean out the pores while simultaneously using a broad-spectrum light to kill the p. acnes bacteria inside the pores. These two treatments are often performed during a short series of visits to the office.