I Have Acne on One Side of my Face Why?

I am a female and once when I was a child i rubbed a razor up against my face. Ever since I have had acne on that one side of my face. I know the skin on my face is sensitive but it is just quite annoying. Is there anyway I can reverse this. Can you explain this phenomenon. The rest of my skin is spotless. It's been years and I only treat that one side of my face for acne.

Doctor Answers 5

Uneven Acne is Genetic and Hormonal

Acne is genetic and hormonal, and if you had an injury as a child to one side of your face, I really do not think it would be related to any acne condition as an adult, even if you used a razor on that one side once years ago. It’s most likely just coincidence.

I would strongly recommendseeing a board-certified dermatologist and let them evaluate you, and to determine what is really going on and to maximize a treatment regimen that is best for you. That is what we do best, and everyone needs a treatment customized to their specific type of acne which is best done by a dermatologist.

Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Acne on one side of the face only

It's not uncommon for one side of the face to have more acne than the other. It doesn't have a thing to do with the razor you rubbed on your face as a child, so you don't need to worry about that. It's just life. You should see a dermatologist for an evaluation and probably some prescriptions or regimen changes.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Hemi-facial acne.

One sided acne is often from something irritating your skin

There are certain things that you may be doing to promote the occurrence of acne on only one side.

A couple of things that tend to be more common: sleeping on that side, holding your head up with your hand on that side, or holding a telephone to that side of your face. 

Regardless, you should see a dermatologist who can prescribe medications to treat your skin.

Laura Rosenzweig, MD
Charlotte Dermatologic Surgeon

Acne on one side of face only

It is really hard to determine how severe the acne is and determine what grade of acne.  The best recommendation would be to be seen by a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist so they can do a proper consultation and discuss some of your options.

Gregory A. Wiener, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Consider Environmental Factors

When acne is seen on more on one side of the face, environmental factors need to be considered.  We always suggest your laundry be washed in the most chemical free detergent such as All-Free, Tide Free or other such detergents.  I would also suggest not using any dryer softener strips.  These chemicals can also cause irritation.  These chemicals tend to get "leached out" of the fabric with your perspiration or even saliva.  Lastly, there have been many reports when the whiteners, brightener and fluoride in toothpaste can lead to acne around the mouth.  We usually suggest a natural toothpaste like Tom's Toothpaste.


Jay S. Gottlieb, DO
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.