How to get rid of spots

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.