How to get rid of spots

Written by c. giles | 13/05/2017
How to get rid of spots
Good skin care doesn't have to cost a lot. (skincare image by Tomasz Wojnarowicz from Fotolia.com)

Spots are caused when the skin's pores become clogged, due to the overproduction of sebum, a lipid oil produced by the sebaceous glands of hair follicles. More sebum is produced during adolescence, which is why teenagers often suffer from spots. "Spots" is the term commonly used to describe whiteheads, blackheads and more serious breakouts of acne. However, a number of remedies are available for you to try in order to get rid of your spots.

How to get rid of spots
A gentle, regular washing regimen is vital. (woman washing her face image by Jarek Miarka from Fotolia.com)

Wash your face every morning and last thing at night with a natural cleanser or soap on a soft cloth, then gently dry your skin with a clean towel.

How to get rid of spots
Oil-based make-up can clog your pores. (make up image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Avoid using oil-based skin products, such as make up, moisturisers, cleansers and sunblocks.

How to get rid of spots
Keeping your hair away from your face helps keep skin clean. (hair style image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Keep hair tied back away from your face, particularly if it is oily.

How to get rid of spots
Stay hydrated. (set of blue glasses and water pitcher image by robert paul van beets from Fotolia.com)

Drink plenty of water, either mineral water or filtered tap water; government guidelines recommend eight glasses of water a day for optimum health.

How to get rid of spots
Changing your eating habits can clear up your spots. (healthy foods image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.com)

Replace all processed and junk food in your diet with fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. Instead of white carbohydrates, opt for brown or wholegrain bread, rice and pasta.

How to get rid of spots
Vitamin E keeps your skin healthy. (vitamin e image by Margaret M Stewart from Fotolia.com)

Supplement your diet with daily vitamins. Vitamins A and E are known for their antioxidant and healing properties.

How to get rid of spots
Topical medications are effective for treating spots. (tube toothpaste image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Try using a topical treatment, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Follow the instructions provided with the product.

How to get rid of spots
Tea tree oil comes in many forms, including soaps, ointments and creams. (Colorful soaps and bath oils image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

Choose tea tree oil as a natural alternative to benzoyl peroxide. Use either a ready-made product containing tea tree oil as the main ingredient, or pure tea tree oil, which can be purchased at your local health food shop.

How to get rid of spots
You should see a dermatologist for severe acne. (senior doctor 10 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

Consult a dermatologist if your spots do not clear. Your GP may be able to refer you to a dermatologist if the condition of your skin is considered severe enough. Alternatively you can make an appointment at a dermatology clinic yourself and pay privately for a consultation.

Warning

If you have any health problems, always consult your GP before making any drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle.

If you have serious concerns about the condition of your skin, it is recommended that you consult a health professional.

Things you need

  • Natural, mild facial cleanser or soap
  • Soft wash cloth
  • Clean towel

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