Skincare | 5 Ways to Treat Spots & Pimples

I think I would struggle to find many people that aren’t too fussed about their skin. For a lot of people, breakouts come and go. For others, it can be constant and affect them day in, day out. Bad skin and breakouts can make people miserable. 

There are several reasons why we do get bad skin. It can be due to poor skin cleansing routines, hormonal (hello teenage skin) or down to your diet. It could also be stress-related or your may be genetically predisposed to it. There could be other factors. It isn’t always possible to know the answer to the question of why do we get pimples on our face. We can certainly look at reducing our chances of getting them, though. We can also help them to disappear faster if we do get them.

Natural Vitamin C 

One way to treat spots is to use the juice of citrus fruits. So take a lemon or lime, perhaps even a grapefruit. The juice helps the spots to dry out quickly and citrus fruits are bursting with vitamin c that is great for the skin. Dab the juice in a cotton wool ball or cotton bud. Dab it on to your spots just before going to bed. This way it can get to work overnight.

Use Toothpaste

This is another method that needs to be done overnight. And yes, it works! Apply a dab of toothpaste on the spots or pimples before going to bed. In the morning, gently rinse off using warm water. The toothpaste works to dry out the skin. Another method like this is using a nappy cream, like Sudocrem. It works in the same way and does make a difference.

Use Steam

Having a hot shower softens our pores. When you wash your face, you should always start with warm water so that your softened pores can be cleaned gently. Coldwater closes them so you should always finish washing your face with a splash of cold water. Fill a large bowl with boiled water, you can always add some essential oils such as lavender or frankincense, leave it for a minute or so. Then place your head over the bowl, putting a towel over your head to cover it. This keeps the hot air in so that steam is produced. This will also open up your pores and help to clean them and get the dirt out.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is so important to have anyway, but especially during spotty times. You should aim for 8 - 10 glasses of water a day as Water helps to rehydrate skin. It also helps to clear toxins out of your system and is a great way to improve skin health. 

Avoid Oily Foods

One of the ways we get pimples and spots is from over-productive skin glands producing more sebum. We don’t want to add even congestion to our body by consuming a lot of trans fats, simple carbohydrates (bad ones) or processed foods that clog us up. Something like oily fish is fine because it contains essential fatty acids. These help to keep skin soft. Foods like chips, burgers and greasy pizzas should be avoided though because they stop your body from working effectively and cause your hormones to become unbalanced. This will lead to symptoms such as increased sebum production. Make sure you eat a lot of fruits, fibre, healthy oils and vegetables as they help to repair your skin.


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