Lots of things can cause spotty skin, from hormones to what you eat. Skincare queen, Caroline Hirons, provided a step-by-step guide to preventing spots, treating them when they arrive and ensuring they heal properly on This Morning with Philip and Hollie. All of the products can be easily purchased on the high street or Amazon.
Spots on your skin, particularly the ones which are induced by hormones, can have a negative affect on self-confidence. So we know how important it is that you prevent and treat them properly.
Spots occur when hair follicles get plugged with dead skin cells. That causes white heads, black heads and pimples. Bad cases of spotty skin is referred to as acne, and you should consult your doctor if you’re not able to treat your skin on your own.
Best ways to help spotty skin:
You already know that probiotics are great for your gut, but did you also know they’re great for your skin? This live bacteria can help support a healthy immune system, boost weight management and even improve your mental health. Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist and author of “The Beauty of Dirty Skin” claims the helpful bacteria can even lead to clear, radiant skin. It’s also the first thing Caroline Hirons recommended taking if you have acne-prone skin on her segment on This Morning. You can buy probiotics on Amazon here:
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is best to use when you find a spot which hasn’t yet developed a whitehead. Perfect for acne-prone skin, this acid penetrates particularly oily skin. They can work through the oil that clogs the skin to dissolve the nasty stuff that’s causing acne and spots. Because BHAs are an acid, it’s important that you just pop it onto the spot rather than all over your face. On This Morning, Caroline recommends using Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, which you can buy on Amazon for a decent price.
Containing glycolic and hyaluronic acid, these Nip + Fab beauty pads are great for cleaning out spots after you’ve knocked or squeezed them. Rub the spot and then hold the pad over it to stop scarring by increasing blood flow. It will sting, but it’s a good sting!
Jojoba oil is a natural oil, well known for its moisturising and hypoallergenic properties. There’s plenty of evidence that the use of pure jojoba oil is a remedy for acne and other skin conditions. Caroline Hirons recommends that this light oil is a great way to calm and moisturise spots after you’ve cleaned them with acids.
Here’s the full video, posted in June 2019:
Looking for more skincare advice from Caroline Hirons? Check out this blog on cleansers.
Spots on your skin is caused by excess oil production in your face, hair follicles clogged by oil, bacteria or inflammation. It can be triggered by hormonal changes, some medications or a poor diet. Stress doesn’t cause acne, but it can make it worse.
Stress alone won’t cause spotty skin, but if you have an existing skin condition, like acne, eczema or psoriasis, it can make it worse.
According to Healthline, drinking lots of water can help to reduce acne by keeping your skin more hydrated. This is because dry skin can trigger more oil production which is one of the causes of spotty skin.
You should still moisturise your skin, even if you have spots. This is because skin which is prone to acne is often very dry, so it’s important that you moisturise it to reduce the production of oil.