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Oh spots. You make us feel like we’re playing a game of Whac-a-Mole with our skin - just as we’ve seen off one pesky pimple, another one springs up to replace it. Frustrating or what?
We’ve tried every quick fix out there (toothpaste smeared all over our face, stinking of tea tree – you get the gist) but in a battle to really ban the blemishes we decided it was time to call in the big guns. Immediately we dial Nicola Joss, A-list facialist to all the Kates (that’s Moss, Blanchett and Winslet – FYI) to shed light on our lumps and bumps.
We’ve lost count of the number of causes of spots. It’s hard to give one answer to what causes breakouts because there are so many aspects, but there are two main camps of causes. One is environmental - things like stress and diet. Then the second is topical-related causes (basically, you’re either using the wrong product or you’re not using the products that you have correctly).
The irony is killing us. Breakouts are often caused by cleansing, funnily enough. If you leave cleanser on the skin and don’t remove it properly the particles can cause congestion and breakouts. The best way to remove your cleanser thoroughly is by using a washcloth and warm water and really taking time to rinse your skin.
It’s what’s on the inside that counts. When it comes to acneic skin it’s mostly caused by internal issues like diet and hormones. So first and foremost you need to look at what you’re eating. Dairy products are often a culprit for causing breakouts.
Vinegar is your secret weapon. Yes, really. If you’re looking for a quick fix and have got open blemishes then you can make things at home to put straight on your skin. Mix white wine vinegar with a tiny bit of tea tree oil and then dab that onto the blemishes using a Q-tip. This will dry out the spot and keep it clean thanks to the tea tree.
For a quick fix, try a primer. Any of those blurring primers that are designed to put a soft focus on lines and wrinkles tend to work well on spotty skin as it gives it a more even finish before you put on make-up.
Your skin is not wallpaper. Aka it doesn’t need to be stripped. The biggest skincare mistake that blemish-prone women make is to strip their skin of its natural resources by putting on too much of a strong or astringent product. This can cause skin to overproduce oil to compensate. Oh hi spot’s we’d really missed you, thanks so much for coming back to see us. NOT!