Adopting a thorough facial cleansing and skincare regime can help prevent breakouts if you suffer from spots, blemishes or acne, but it’s important to use the right products for your skin type. There are many over-the-counter solutions for mild acne available at most chemists, but for moderate and more severe cases of spots and acne, you may achieve better results with professional skin treatments.
The term ‘spots’ can refer to a number of different skin conditions, including blemishes and pimples, acne
, milia, age spots
, freckles, red spots and rashes.
There is no single cause for spots as it is a generic term which applies to a variety of skin conditions.
Some spots might be caused by excess oil or hormonal factors, others – such as milia – have no known cause.
Some spots and dark marks (such as age spots and freckles) can be caused by sun exposure or ageing skin.
It’s important to know what is causing your spots before you try any home remedies. Acne
sufferers, in particular, can have very sensitive skin
which can be susceptible to infection, especially in more severe cases.
It’s important you don’t use anything which might upset your skin further, so before trying natural remedies, speak to your dermatologist. Coconut oil is often recommended for its natural skin benefits, but seek advice if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
Aloe vera is also a popular natural remedy due to its soothing, cooling characteristics, and is sometimes recommended for inflamed, angry blemishes and spots.