Preventing spots

Here's how small lifestyle changes can help to keep spots under control.

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Limiting makeup

While it’s tempting to use makeup to cover up spots, doing so can clog pores and make matters worse so try to be makeup-free whenever possible.

When you do use makeup, avoid oily/greasy formulas and heavy foundations. The best formulas to use are non-comedogenic meaning they are water based and are less prone to blocking skin pores. Make sure to remove all makeup before going to bed.

Remove all makeup before going to bed and try to be makeup-free whenever possible.

Knowing your skin

Most people get spots at some point in their lives, but some get them worse than others. For instance, oily skin can be more spot-prone due to increased sebum levels which clogs pores and requires a more rigorous regime.

Combination skin types, meaning your skin has both dry and oily areas, can also be spot-prone. If your skin is combination, then remember to pay special attention to your T-Zone (forehead and nose) and chin when washing your face.

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Don't pop, don't touch

It might be tempting but squeezing spots can force them deeper into your skin, cause irritation and in some cases scarring.

In addition, your hands are contaminated with dirt and bacteria throughout the day, meaning each time you touch the affected area impurities are being transferred with the potential of making spots worse. If you need to scratch or itch, do so, but ensure your hands are clean, and avoid touching your skin when possible.

Each time you touch the affected area impurities are being transferred.

Reduce stress

Stress doesn’t cause spots, but it can exacerbate the issue. According to research done by the American Academy of Dermatology*, stress makes the body produce more oil-stimulating hormones, leading to blocked pores and spots.

*Acne and stress: A complex interrelationship https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(14)00023-1/fulltext

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Washing regularly

Washing the affected areas regularly is important for reducing breakouts. Washing clears away excess oil and dirt, reducing the likelihood of blocked pores that can lead to spots. We recommend washing your face twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.

Be sure not to use anything too abrasive as this can dry and irritate the skin and make spots worse. We recommend using an alcohol-free wash such as Freederm Sensitive Clearing Wash and using your hands (rather than a washcloth) to apply it. However, if you do use a cloth, ensure this is washed regularly. Make sure you wet your face with warm, rather than hot water, and apply an oil free moisturiser afterwards to keep skin feeling refreshed.

Washing clears away excess oil and dirt, reducing the likelihood of blocked pores.

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