Since your skin can tell you so much about your health, it's always a good idea to pay attention to what the location of your acne means, as well as what type of acne it is, in order to get a better idea of what's going on inside your body. If it seems like new or worsening acne is cropping up — despite taking care of your health and your hygiene — it may be one way to tell if something greater is going on with your health.
While most acne is simply due to clogged pores, it's possible that it might be a sign of something else. "It is important to consider your skin's natural tendencies as new acne develops," board-certified dermatologist Shari Hicks-Graham, MD tells Bustle. "If acne is common for you, that's one thing, but if your acne suddenly becomes worse, consider any other changes in your health or medications and get help from your medical professional or see a dermatologist."
Acne could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance, a side effect of medications you're taking, or even a symptom of a yeast infection, or other systemic issues. Depending on where the acne is, it can be easier to pin down the cause. Here are nine places acne can crop up and what it may mean, according to experts.