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For some reason, I always develop acne on my cheeks and jawline - generally on the side that I sleep on. I change my pillowcases regularly and I try to wash my face when I think of it, but the acne still comes. Any ideas?
 

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Maybe you are allergic/sensitive to the detergent/fabric softener you use. Try to find one that is fragrance free or for sensitive skin and see if that changes anything.

Or it could be your hair. But I'm assuming since you are a dude you probably wash your hair very often. Also not sure if your hair even reaches your chin.

Also, are you touching your face in your sleep. Or other factors. Like my cat basically sleeps on my face every night lol.
 

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Maybe you are allergic/sensitive to the detergent/fabric softener you use. Try to find one that is fragrance free or for sensitive skin and see if that changes anything.

Or it could be your hair. But I'm assuming since you are a dude you probably wash your hair very often. Also not sure if your hair even reaches your chin.

Also, are you touching your face in your sleep. Or other factors. Like my cat basically sleeps on my face every night lol.
Interesting. I wonder if it could be the detergent. I could also be rubbing my face in my sleep, although that seems a bit odd. I've never seen anyone casually rub their face as they slept :lol

I recently cut my hair, and I thought that would've alleviated a lot of the acne, and it did for like a week, but it came back for some reason...

I wish my cat slept on my face. What the hell, you're so lucky.
 

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1. Def try different detergent and softener, or skip the softener. Try a non bio one def, and then one which cuts down harsh chemicals
2. Increase frequency of washing, or, better, wash a load of pillow cases, then try switching a new one every night

Interesting cutting hair worked, then stopped. Would try massively increasing hair washing, to rule that out (like twice a day). I think you should pick one thing, do it for 2 weeks (or 3, not sure how quickly acne responds) then you can rule it out. But you might as well make the change aggressively, so say, changing pillow case, make sure you do it every day. This is just to rule it out, so you know it's not that.

It may just be your skin, though. In which case, benzoyl peroxide, aha, and a good non oil based moisturiser.

Failing that, retinoids.

Honestly though, retinoids are worth doing anyway, because of their anti-ageing effect. I reckon just take this options straight away, because there's no reason not to :). (you can get one otc in the US I think).
 

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A satin pillowcase helps too, and check to see if your pillow itself is made from natural ingredients. Some pillows have dyes and things that can trigger sensitivity. They can go through the barrier of the case.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, guys.

Just as an update:

I've been washing my face with just regular water a few times a day and making a conscious effort not to touch my face with my hands (that's probably the main culprit, TBH). I've been washing and changing my pillowcases every few days as well.

So far, I seem to have cleared up a bit, I'll see how my skin looks a week from now.
 

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Allergies maybe. Could also be something you're eating. Since I stopped eating bread my acne has pretty much disappeared. Anytime I eat anything with the slightest bit of bread in it I get pimples.
 

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Allergies maybe. Could also be something you're eating. Since I stopped eating bread my acne has pretty much disappeared. Anytime I eat anything with the slightest bit of bread in it I get pimples.
What would have the 'slightest bit' of bread in it?

I can't think of a single food that someone could 'sneak' bread into. :lol
 

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What would have the 'slightest bit' of bread in it?

I can't think of a single food that someone could 'sneak' bread into. :lol
I mean like fish sticks or basically anything that has bready ingredients. :lol

I'm not sure if gluten really makes a difference but I know if I eat 3 fish sticks I'll have pimples for several days. I'm diabetic though so it's already not good because the breaded fish sticks have lots of carbs. But I had this issue before I was diabetic. It seemed like the acne was coming out of nowhere even after I was past the teen years. I was eating lots of stuff with wheat and bread (pizza and so forth).

But it could be something else. Process of elimination. I had to eliminate high carb foods from my diet and suddenly, my skin was clear. When I slip and eat high carb it's usually something that has wheat and/or bread (like nuggets or fish sticks or breaded chicken tenders). Boom. Pimples and itchy skin for days.
 

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I mean like fish sticks or basically anything that has bready ingredients. :lol

I'm not sure if gluten really makes a difference but I know if I eat 3 fish sticks I'll have pimples for several days. I'm diabetic though so it's already not good because the breaded fish sticks have lots of carbs. But I had this issue before I was diabetic. It seemed like the acne was coming out of nowhere even after I was past the teen years. I was eating lots of stuff with wheat and bread (pizza and so forth).

But it could be something else. Process of elimination. I had to eliminate high carb foods from my diet and suddenly, my skin was clear. When I slip and eat high carb it's usually something that has wheat and/or bread (like nuggets or fish sticks or breaded chicken tenders). Boom. Pimples and itchy skin for days.
I'm allergic to gluten, I was tested. I still eat it here and there (pizza, pasta) because I love it too much lol but I do break out and get itchy skin afterwards. I have been cutting back from it completely though since it's now causing stomach-aches.
 

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It happens because the sweat and you are in contact almost 10 hrs a day with it. The same happens when you where a backpack on your back and you get acne there. It is nothing to worry about. You can try tea tree oil to stop the inflammation.
 

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If you think your pillow is giving you pimples, you should get rid of it and buy a new one. A pillow has a lot of bacteria that can cause pimples and facial rashes. I had a similar problem too, but it took me a long time to figure out where my pimples came from. But when I bought a new pillow, the pimples stopped appearing, and I got rid of the old ones with a led light therapy mask. I carefully watch my skin as my skin is very sensitive.
 
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