Spots and blemishes can be caused by a wealth of different factors, including age, hormone levels and lifestyle, and it’s not just us normal folk that find them cropping up.
Celebs from Lily Allen to Cameron Diaz have been affected by spots on their face at some point, proving that no one is immune, and tackling these stubborn spots with lotions and potions can sometimes seem like a hopeless case.
However, as the largest organ, your skin is a map revealing what’s really going on inside your body – and sometimes, you just need to know how to read it.
By looking at the different areas of your face you can start to fight against the causes of spots and leave your skin, as well as your insides, clear and healthy.
Spots on forehead
Though a fringe can hide a blemished forehead, it can also cause a build up of sweat and styling products that will increase the likelihood of spots in this area – but there can be more behind forehead spots than just your hairstyle. High amounts of fat in your diet can also lead to breakouts across the forehead.
Tackle it: Try increasing your water intake, watching your fat levels and eating more blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, which are rich in skin-kind antioxidants.
Spots on eyebrows
Spots at the top of your nose can be caused by stress, which can flare up the adrenal glands above your kidneys that produce key hormones.
Tackle it: Exercising regularly can help reduce stress – or maybe you could use it as an excuse for that spa trip you’ve been eyeing up…
Spots on nose
The pores on the nose are dilated, so spots here are often caused by a build up of dirt and beauty products. Make sure to clean your make up brushes regularly and cleanse your face well each night to prevent outbreaks. High blood pressure can also make spots in this area worse.
Tackle it: Replace fatty foods with fruit, vegetables and fish rich in Omega, and cut down on alcohol and dairy. If you have more concerns about your blood pressure than just your skin, visit your GP for further advice.
Spots on ears
Spots on your ears and close to your eyes can be a sign of dehydration. To help prevent this, make sure you know how much water to drink every day, and stick to it!
Tackle it: Keep a water bottle in your bag to remind you to drink, and avoid consuming too many dehydrating substances like salt, coffee and tea.
Spots on chin
Rich and heavy foods can lead to spots on the chin area, so if you’ve had an indulgent week, you might find that your chin is spottier than usual. Monthly periods can also contribute to spots on this part of the face.
Tackle it: Make sure to add more fibre to your diet with fruit, vegetables and beans to aid digestion. The contraceptive pill can help reduce hormonal outbreaks for some women – ask your GP for advice.
Spots on cheeks
Spots on the cheeks are generally linked to the respiratory system, which is bad news for smokers. These areas are also prone to touching the dirtiest items in your house (just think how many times you put your phone to your face in a day…)
Tackle it: Whether you smoke or not, try and take longer and more regular walks outside to try and increase your exposure to fresh air – and wash your pillows and wipe down your phone on a regular basis!
Spots on neck and chest
Many of us forget that our chest need just as much (skin)care and attention as our face, so neglect can often leave for outbreaks. Spots in this area can also sometimes be signs of illness or hormone imbalance.
Tackle it: Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to build up your immune system. Your chest in particular is oilier than other parts of your body, so remember to clean it as you would your face to maintain a clear complexion.
Spots on back
Traditionally acne is the cause of spots on your back, but friction with clothes and sweat in the summer can also result in irritation of the skin. The skin on your back has larger pores, which are in turn more likely to become clogged.
Make sure to have a shower on hot summer days and soon after exercise to reduce risk of outbreaks. Body scrubs and exfoliation can also help to ease stubborn outbreaks.