Baffled by what causes spots? Ever wonder if it’s a coincidence that when you’re hormonal you break out with a juicy second head on your chin (the last thing you need at that time of month)? Or if you’ve neglected your five-a-day, you suddenly see a forehead of pimples?
Well, it seems it’s not all down to mere synchronicity. In fact, Caroline Frazer, Simple Skincare Expert and celebrity makeup artist told us “Like reflexology, areas of the face can help give us information about what’s going on in the body.”
So what causes spots on certain areas? And once you’ve identified that, what can you do to prevent them?
Caroline broke it down for us…
Spots on the forehead
Whilst a fringe may help to hide a blemished forehead, it could also collect grease from styling products and sweat, causing the pesky pimples in the first place. But bangs or no bangs, it could also be all down to your diet.
Caroline says, “these spots can indicate an over-consumption of red meat, saturated fats and alcohol”, so cut down on these food groups and the boozing. Try doing a bit of a detox, cutting out meat and booze in favour of fresh veggies, herbal teas and water.
Spots on the cheeks
Cheeks can be one of the most tender areas to find a spot and the hardest to conceal. Make up for acne is no joke.
“Spots on the cheeks might be the result of too much meat, sugar and dairy products”, Caroline says.
If this sounds like you, think about cutting down on each of these food groups one by one for a few weeks to see if your skin improves. You are what you eat, after all…
Spots on the jawline
Luckily these spots of bother aren’t as visible as those on other areas but still, no one wants a bumpy chin.
Caroline thinks the cause could again be diet-related. “Spots on the jawline can indicate congestion in the large intestine, often caused by heavily processed foods.”
Processed foods can mean anything from ready meals to biscuits, so think about what you’re eating. If you look at the ingredients list and feel totally baffled, that’s not a great sign, for example. Going for some simpler foods like fruit, veggies and nuts (sorry, doctor’s orders might help clear up the issue.
Spots on the chin
Few girls don’t get a spot (or four!) once a month that make your chin feel like it’s set to explode. Hormonal and cystic acne affects countless women – and it’s mega annoying.
Just another monthly treat from Mother Nature. Brilliant. While using a face wash or toner with a bit of salicylic acid will help unclog your pores, we can’t promise they won’t come back next month. Sigh.
To treat spots the advice remains the same as ever – try hard NOT to squeeze or pick them with dirty fingers, and use a medicated products to treat and conceal. Origins Super Spot Remover, (£21.69) is a little miracle – a dab of this clear, salicylic-infused gel on any bothersome bumps before bed will massively reduce them overnight, as well as helping soothe redness.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ (£14.95) is a brilliant serum for anyone struggling with acne – you can use it on problem areas like the chin or forehead, or all over if you’re experiencing a bigger breakout. It’s healing, soothing – and most importantly, spots hateit.
To conceal unsightly red spots and scabs – using clean hands – apply a medicated concealer like the Dermalogica’s Concealing Spot Treatment (£29.44). It heals while covering the pimple, and has a green tint to correct redness.