Acne On Cheeks

Struggles with acne are common for many people. There is a way for our body to communicate to us what it needs, and acne on cheeks can be treated and prevented. Some of these may seem very obvious, and others not so much.


Sometimes acne is caused by internal problems and will only clear up after that problem has been solved. It can also be a result of genetics, and how your body reacts to hormone levels changing. It doesn’t matter if you have oily sky or dry skin, identifying the root cause of your acne on cheeks is important and can help reduce stress. There are several different methods that can be used to reduce acne and improve the overall look of your skin.

Causes and Symptoms

There are several different things you might be doing that can cause acne on the cheeks. Eliminating certain chemicals and adjusting different parts of your skincare routine is a good way to see what is causing the acne on your cheeks.


  • Mineral oil and silicone based skin products are known to clog pores and cause breakouts.
  • Overusing topical salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulphur based treatments can dry out the skin. This forces an overactive production of oil.
  • Excess iron in your bloodstream can increase inflammation in the skin.
  • Tomatoes and peppers contain an acid that can cause irritation, and throws off pH levels in the skin and triggers breakouts. Your skin will react to what you eat.
  • Stay away from rough exfoliants. These can continue to irritate the blemish and active acne on the cheeks.
  • Don’t pick at your acne on your cheeks or any part of your face. You’re not a dermatologist, don’t pretend to be one.
  • Laundry detergent can contain some chemicals that are too harsh for your skin and will cause a reaction. This means your pillowcases and towels are causing irritation to your cheeks.
  • The bacteria from your cell phone can irritate acne. Make sure to wipe it with an antibacterial wipe.
  • High hormone sensitivity can create more oil in the glands and develop more acne.
  • Stress is also a culprit. Stress releases the hormone cortisol which can trigger acne.

Once you have exhausted the over the counter resources, it may be time to take a different approach to skin care. Our bodies are connected and acne on the cheeks can be a symptom of something deeper.


Acne can also be a warning of something going on internally. Consistent acne on your cheeks can be related to rosacea. Rosacea looks similar to typical acne and consists of blackheads and whiteheads. It is different in the sense that it comes on very quickly, in a matter of minutes. Rosacea is caused by broken blood vessels beneath the skin so the traditional pore cleaning regiment won’t work. It might even irritate the skin more. In your teenage years, it’s more likely that it’s traditional acne, but if you’re over the age of 25 and notice that your acne comes on fast, it might be time to get checked out by a doctor.

Food allergies can also be a trigger for acne on the cheeks. To figure out if food is the culprit, you will need to cut out certain types of food and see how your body reacts. It’s recommended to start out by limiting your refined sugar and spicy food intake. Dairy and gluten allergies are also possible culprits. If you aren’t sure, it is recommended you see a dermatologist.

Possible Treatment

Along with several at-home treatments, there are other techniques that can examine what is causing your acne.

One ancient technique is called face mapping. It examines and associates areas of your body to areas on your face. Face mapping can help identify underlying roots of constant acne on your cheeks and face. It can be a possible solution if you know your facial cleanliness is not the problem.

If that feels like too much there are other things you can do to help make sure you face is getting the best treatment.


  • Look for noncomedogenic products which mean that the product is specifically formulated not to clog your pores.
  • Make an appointment with a dermatologist because you might be allergic to certain ingredients in your skincare routine.
  • Apply a one percent hydrocortisone cream on acne spots several times a day to reduce redness and inflammation instead of harsh on-the-spot treatments.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and toner twice a day and keep scrubbing to a minimum.
  • Try changing your laundry detergent to one that is fragrance and dye free and for sensitive skin, and remember to change your sheets often.
  • Always wash or wipe your face down after a workout.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Adjust your diet. Cut out sugar, add some leafy greens, and up your water intake.
  • If none of the above work, a dermatologist has other recommendations.
  • Antibiotics and topical medicinal creams can be prescribed.
  • Isotretinoin is another strong medicine that attacks the four causes of acne and can only be prescribed. It also has some severe side effects so you’ll have to be enrolled in a monitoring program.
  • Birth control can also be an effective part of a treatment plan.
  • Dermatologists can inject painful cysts with corticosteroid which will help reduce the size and pain.
  • Dermatologists can also drain big cysts, but this should not be attempted outside of a medical office.
  • Low-dose prednisone can be prescribed by a dermatologist to treat severe acne on the cheeks.

Can acne on cheeks be prevented?

So while acne on the cheeks can be embarrassing and make you feel self-conscious there are several different steps you can take to help ease the irritation. A consistent maintenance plan is almost as important as identifying the root of the problem. Our bodies are connected and your skin is trying to tell you there’s something going on, so listen to it.