How spots form?
Spots and blemishes are a result of a build up of oil and bacteria causing clogged pores. These can become painful and infected. Your skin may be prone to the overproduction of sebum which could be due to your genetic makeup but your environment could also be playing a role. Pollution and humidity are also factors which can cause blemishes and exacerbate existing blemish prone skin. Let's not forget that an increased stress level means an increase in cortisol and adrenaline – a recipe for the over production of oil and breakouts. And you guessed it, your diet and lifestyle could be contributing. Sometimes we forget about the basics but they could be your blemish solution!
Are spots normal?
Blemishes are very normal and it’s important to not let them get you down because we all get them. Your skin is a living organism and will fluctuate on a regular basis. We all experience hormonal fluctuations, an increase in stress levels or a change in dietary habits. No one’s skin is perfect and some of us are more blemish prone than others. What helps to clear spots for you may be different for someone else.
What helps to clear spots? Will skincare help my spots?
You can’t go wrong with a simple cleansing and moisturising routine, that is consistent and suited to your skin needs. Cleansing is super important to clear the skin of dirt, excess oil and build-up from the day especially for blemish prone skin. We recommend you double cleanse to remove that pesky layer of make-up and sweat. Any products you apply after will not work as well if your face is not clean. However, it’s important to not over do it - over cleansing, scrubbing or using harsh ingredients will only exacerbate the problem and encourage your skin to produce more sebum. Making sure your skin is replenished and hydrated is essential and will help combat breakouts – the last thing you need is to let your skin dry out, feel inflamed and irritated. Use an oil-free water-based moisturiser after you cleanse.
Our Daily Base™ Aqua Gel allows for a double cleanse and is formulated to replace your daily cleanser, moisturiser and make-up remover in one. It’s gorgeous H2O Complex leaves your skin feeling thoroughly cleansed whilst quenching its thirst for hydration. For a more targeted blemish treatment that reduces the appearance of breakouts try our Power TonIQ™ Anti-Blemish Essence which reduces redness and inflammation overnight. You will see the difference in just a couple of days!
Still not sure why your skin is more prone to having spots and blemishes? Try our Skin Diagnostic to find out more.