Women or men, acne is a gender-neutral nightmare for everyone. All of us irrespective of our age, gender or lifestyle experience acne problems at least once in life, and especially during the pandemic phase, unhealthy eating habits, lifestyle, stress and hygiene tends to make us more vulnerable to acne and pimples. In fact, people who have recovered from COVID-19 also complain of acne. 

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While acne is a common issue that can occur for a variety of reasons like hormonal imbalance, stress, improper skincare and diet, there’s always a solution, mostly at home within the kitchen territory but to combat the issue it is very important to know what has actually caused the acne.

Cosmetologist Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, recently, took to Instagram to share an ‘acne face map’, which can help you understand what is causing the acne in your face as per the region you get the most acne on.

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“If you suffer from acne, you know how frustrating it can be. Acne can be difficult to combat at home, so it’s always best to see an expert to treat it. But there are a few sure signs that indicate what might be causing your acne,” she wrote on her Instagram.

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Here is what it means to have acne at different spots on your face.

Forehead and nose

1- Stress

2- Poor diet

3- Irregular sleep

4- Improper digestion

5- Unclean hands


1- Reaction to hair products

Eyebrow area

1- Haircare products

2- Ingrown hair

3- Diet

4- Water intake

5- Gall bladder issue

6- Eyebrow or eye makeup


1-Hormonal imbalance

2- Bacteria build-up

3- Stress

4- Allergic reaction to cosmetics and hair care products


1- Dirty pillowcase

2- Cell phone

3- Makeup brush

4- Jawline and chin

5- Diet

6- Hormonal imbalance