There’s nothing that dips my confidence the lowest like a shining new spot. It’s downright depressing to see that red, sore, angry-looking blemish first thing in the morning!
Most of us get spots at some point in our lives. It’s natural. Not just women, but men too. Acne is caused by so many things, and it is different for everybody. Each spot is different, and can be caused by all sorts of things. It makes it impossible to see a way pass it sometimes!
My skin has always been pretty bad. I’ve got combination skin, and I also get hormonal acne on my chin. I’ve had my fair share of experience with bad skin! I want to share with you my top 10 tips for how to fix it.
Increasing your water intake has a lot of health benefits, including being great for your skin. It helps to flush out toxins from the body. It also helps to improve the balance in your skin, as you are getting the moisture it needs. Sebum production can increase if not, which can cause congestion. Carry a bottle of water in your bag. Eat as much water-filled food, such as lettuce and cucumber,as you possible can. These foods are also good for your general health, too!
We are all guilty of getting into bed, exhausted after a long day, without cleansing our face. But it’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin health! By leaving it, you are leaving a layer of makeup, grime, dirt and pollution on your face. It will get into your pores and block them up, and this leads to spots. Put some face wipes by your bed for those nights you really can’t be arsed to do a full cleanse! You can get all sorts of brands from Superdrug here. I like Simple and Nivea ones.
There are a lot of different skin types, and we all have one or the other! See my post ——— for a breakdown of the different skin types in detail, and how to discover which one you have.
Once you know what your skin type is, you can then work on purchasing and using products that will help rather than hinder you. Look for ones that match your skin type. A lot of products these days are targeted at people depending on their skin concerns. Superdrug do a massive amount of awesome skin care – Superdrug Skincare.
Skin is an organ, and it needs treating carefully! Don’t scrub, rub or drag your skin. Avoid harsh, physical exfoliators and use a gentle AHA such as Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Cleansing Pads. They’re £5.99, and make a real difference to the appearance of your skin! Just swipe over after cleansing each morning.
If you’re really struggling, there’s nothing else for it, but to get some kind of help from a professional. See your GP if you aren’t getting any kind of relief, and you have tried lots of different approaches at making it better.
They may be able to offer you a prescription for a stronger topical treatment, or even antibiotics if required.
We hear it all the time, but it is important! Picking and squeezing spots causes any infection to spread, and can increase your chances of getting acne scars.
If you really need to squeeze, wait until after your shower, and use cotton pads to cover your fingers. Gently put pressure on the spot. If nothing happens, do not force it; just try again tomorrow. If you over-do it, you can do more damage than good!
A big part of acne, like I mentioned previously, is your skin’s pores getting clogged up. When you shower, the heat causes the pores to open, which helps you clean your skin.
Once you get out the shower, splash your face with as cold water as you can handle. This will close your pores again, and will stop them getting congested again.
It’s surprising the difference this can have once it’s part of your regular routine. You can also do the same for your whole body when you’re still in the shower, and your hair too! It will help seal the cuticle in your hair to promote shine, and reduce frizz 🙂
Another extra little tip, is to use an ice-cube on spots that are really inflamed and sore; the cold can help reduce the symptoms, and make it feel better!
This tip is something that we all do on a daily basis, 99% of the time without even realising. We touch our faces. We rest of chin on our hand, we move our fringe out of our eyes, and we put makeup on with our fingers. During the day, our hands get all kinds of dirt and bacteria on them, and when we touch our face, that grime is being transferred on to our skin.
I know this can be really difficult to prevent! My hair is always falling in my eyes, and so I’m forever sweeping it behind my ear. All you can do is try! Clip your fringe out of the way when possible to stop it getting in your eyes in the first place. Wash your hands or use antibacterial gel often throughout the day.It's the small steps to making a change that are the most effective when it comes to skin care. Click To Tweet
This stuff is literally amazing. I’ve been using it for about 2-3 weeks now, and it’s the only spot treatment I’ve used where I’ve seen an actual, noticeable change!
It’s a gel that you apply on clean skin, and it helps reduce inflammation, and soothes the sore, tender feeling of large spots. It forms a barrier as well, and so you can sleep in peace, knowing that no further dirt is getting into your spots!
I know, easier said than done. Focus on finding ways to relax; read a book, take a bath, do a pamper session with your friends. These things will reduce your stress, and make you feel happier. Less stress = better skin defences. You are more able to fight off infection, and reduce inflammation if you are relaxed and calm.
I know how hard it can be to have skin that misbehaves, but if you use these tips, you’ll definitely see a positive change in your skin health!
Hi, my name’s Laura! I’m obsessed with nude lipsticks, messy buns and cushions. I have so many cushions…
I am passionate about bringing achievable and realistic advice and tips to other women. It’s all about running your own world, and looking & feeling good whilst you do it ♡
A beauty addict, blogging coach and missionary for women’s empowerment.