Acne on cheeks and what to do about it

5 tips to get rid of cheek acne

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Curology Team
Jan 31, 2020 · 3 min read

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We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

The reason why you’re breaking out on your cheeks could be deceptively easy to figure out — or a complex web of pimple triggers. But when it comes to figuring out the causes of recurring breakouts, face mapping acne can be incredibly helpful. If you’re getting pimples on your cheeks that won’t go away, adjusting your behaviors and double-checking your skincare products might do the trick.

Here are 5 tips on how to get rid of acne on cheeks.

1. No touchy

Certain behaviors, like resting the side of your face in your hand, may cause acne to come back in the same spot. If you have a habit of picking or squeezing your zits, that will also cause recurring breakouts in that area, because the pimple won’t heal properly and may spread into the surrounding area. And if you’re using makeup to cover your cheek acne, double-check that your products aren’t the culprit of your breakouts by using the cosDNA test.

2. Smart clean your smart screen

Our smartphones are magnets for bacteria — they go everywhere with us (including the bathroom!), and the average user is constantly touching their screen. So if you have cheek acne and love a good gab sesh, your phone might be to blame! We recommend using a screen wipe like the ones by ZEISS.

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3. Swap out your pillowcases

Pillowcases are a battleground for sweat and friction, which makes them an ideal breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Pillowcases can also soak up residue from shampoo, conditioner, and other products that may have pore-clogging ingredients. Swap out your pillowcases once a week (or more — can’t hurt!), and you can also reach for pillowcases made from natural fabrics like cotton, silk, or bamboo, which are more breathable (and less sweaty!) than synthetics such as polyester.

4. Check the (shaving) method

Just like skincare routine, your beard care routine can be optimized to prevent breakouts! Shaving too close may lead to in-grown hairs, which leave acne-like bumps. And using beard care products with pore-clogging ingredients can also lead to breakouts! For best beard results, you should soak your face fuzz and neck with a shaving cream for several minutes before starting your shave, and apply a moisturizing aftershave balm when you’re finished.

5. Use a medicated treatment (like Curology)

Often, a pimple recurs in the exact same spot because there is still inflammation deeper in the skin, which makes the spot vulnerable to the usual acne influencers (i.e., hormones, stress, diet, local irritants, etc.). Using a medicated treatment like your custom Curology cream can help with that! Curology also can complete your routine with a non-comedogenic cleanser and your choice of moisturizer, so you can be sure your skincare products aren’t breaking you out. Sign up for a free month and just pay $4.95 (plus tax) on your first shipment.

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