Spots getting you down? Hereâs how to fix them!
12 July 2016
Spots getting you down? Here’s how to fix them!
Why is it that spots and blackheads tend to appear (seemingly out of nowhere) every time you want to look your best? As we enter summer, it’s that prime time of the year for unwanted blemishes. So how do you stop them in their tracks?
- Why do spots occur more in summer?
We apply sunscreen more often during the warmer months – and all that extra heat leads to an increase in sweating. Both of these factors can contribute to clogged pores, resulting in unwanted spots and blackheads.
- How do spots form?
Many people think spots are caused from having dirty skin. In actual fact, it’s more to do with oil. Our sebaceous glands naturally produce oil to prevent dry skin. Too much oil can mix with bacteria and dead skin cells on the surface of our skin, forming a whitehead and clogging the pore. Exposure to air causes whiteheads to oxidise and turn black, becoming a blackhead.
But whiteheads and blackheads are just one part of Acne. Bacteria thrive in clogged pores, leading to inflammation which presents itself as a spot.
- What makes skin produce too much oil?
A combination of hormones, stress and too much sugary food can send our sebaceous glands into overdrive, leading to excess oil production.
- How can I treat spots and prevent further outbreaks?
It’s important to establish a regular skin care routine, which involves daily facial cleansing. Be sure to remove make-up before exercising and always remove dirt and sweat after a workout with a face wipe.
If you spot a blackhead or whitehead, it’s important to unplug the pore, soothe inflammation and control oil production. To do this, use a cleanser containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to reduce inflammation and remove dead skin cells. Creams containing vitamin A can also help but be sure to use these types of products in small amounts as they can dry out your skin and make it more sensitive to the sun.
- Is it okay to squeeze spots?
While picking and squeezing can be tempting, experts warn against this as it can lead to scarring and may make inflammation worse. It’s far better to apply the products above and wait for the spot to reduce in size naturally.
- Is Acne related to diet?
For some Acne sufferers, making small dietary changes can help to reduce the frequency and severity of Acne breakouts. For others, it’s simply a case of eating everything in moderation and making sure you up your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. Reducing the amount of fatty, sugary food you eat can also lead to clearer skin.
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