Your skin has a great way of letting you know when something is imbalanced in your system. Usually, this signal is a helpful breakout of... spots! Thank you skin.
But did you know that the location of the spots gives you a clue about why you have them?
The below are some common reasons why your skin might be more aggravated than usual, but this isn't a scientific diagnosis. If you're having problems with your skin you can always book a completely free, no-obligation skin consultation with our of our therapists.
Spots on your cheeks
Spots on your cheeks can be very painful, especially if they are related to a deeper dermatological issue, such as acne. They are also sometimes difficult to conceal, which leads people to worry the most about these kinds of spots.
Spots on the cheeks can be as a result of your diet. Too much meat, sugar and dairy products can all contribute to spots cropping up on your cheeks.
Cow’s milk can cause your blood sugar to spike, which can cause inflammation (and therefore pimples.) It also increases insulin levels, which means your skin produces more oil (sebum) and can potentially contain hormones from the cow which also trigger oil production.
Sugar has also been linked to outbreaks for the same reason as cow's milk: it causes your blood sugar to spike, causing a production in insulin and therefore increasing the amount of oil your skin produces.
Spots on your forehead
Forehead spots can also be caused by a bad diet, especially if you have been consuming more alcohol or saturated fats.
Red meat can cause your body to increase its testosterone production. For those who are sensitive to testosterone, this can cause pimples and breakouts.
Another common cause of forehead spots is your hair, especially if you are wearing a full fringe or often have hair on your face. Your hair collects grease from your scalp, as well as from styling products and sweat (yummy!) which then rubs onto your skin, clogging pores and causing a breakout.
Spots on your jaw
Whilst these spots are often easier to cover up, it doesn't make them any less annoying. Your jawline, however, is one of the most common places to get acne, even in adults.
One of the most common reason for jawline spots is a change in your hormones, causing a hormonal imbalance. When your body produces hormones it stimulates the oil production in your skin, which in turn leads to bacteria getting trapped in the pores and causing painful spots.
You can help reduce the impact by keeping your hands away from your chin (this is harder than you might think) and trying not to rub your face with dirty hands (this includes touching your phone and then touching your face!)
Spots on your chin
Surprise, surprise - hormones again! Your chin is another breeding ground for hormone-related spots, so if you're prone to a breakout around the same time each month, you know Mother Nature is to blame.
You can't get spots without bacteria, though, so you can try and reduce the amount of bacteria getting into your hormonal and oily pores. Resting your hand on your chin when you're at your desk, in meetings or waiting for the water machine is super common and we're all guilty of it. In the run up to your period (/all of the time if you can remember) try and limit the amount you touch your fingers to your chin, as it will help prevent the spread of bacteria.
Spots at the top of your nose
Spots on the top of your nose are usually associated with your liver function, so if you've had a heavy night on the sauce and then notice a breakout... yes! These two things are related!
Alcohol and dairy are thought to be the main causes of spots in this area, although it could also be food allergies. If you are worried about a food intolerance, we recommend that you. consult with your doctor as well as booking a free skin consultation with one of our specialists.
The reasons discussed above are some common reasons why your skin might be more aggravated than usual, but this isn't a scientific diagnosis. If you're having problems with your skin you can always book a completely free, no-obligation skin consultation with our of our therapists.