Types of Spots and How to Deal With Them
Don’t start poking about at your face if you don’t know what you’re dealing
with. You’ll end up scarred, bleeding and all manner of annoyed.
Below is a guide on the different types of spots, and how best to deal with them.
1.Blackheads – not typically a spot, but No.1 on almost everyone’s list of ‘What can I do??’
Blackheads do not mean you are dirty or unclean and they are not caused by germs – so no antibiotic is going to help. Blackheads are the result of your DNA.
The best thing you can do for blackheads is to have a brilliantly, amazing cleansed skin – every day, use the right products, which do help somewhat and go for a targeted facial to get them removed gently and professionally.
Use those strip things to rip out your blackheads. First of all they RIP your skin, NICE. Secondly – they’re just nasty.
2. Whiteheads – the easiest spot to deal with. Typically appear ovenight, fully formed – and have a very noticeable ‘white head’. If they appear when you don’t usually get them it could be the result of a too-heavy night cream, sweating while you sleep, or a big night out that involved greasy food/booze etc or all of the above..
Feel around the spot – whiteheads are usually not sore. If it’s not sore, and you can see a large amount of sebum (the white gunk) it’s a whitehead.
Cleanse your face as normal – sometimes – if you’re doing it PROPERLY – the flannel will take care of it. If not, finish your cleanse and hold the warm flannel over the spot for a minute. Now take clean hands, split two bits of loo roll and wrap them around your forefinger and gently squeeze in from the outside. It should come away easily. If it does, great – make sure the area is clean, tone, moisturise and go on your way. If it doesn’t come away, it’s not ready and it’s a.....
3. Pimple (pastule) – a pimple is deciding what it wants to do – its small, red and has no head.
Leave it alone. Cleanse, tone, moisturise (yes, moisturise the pimple too), conceal and be on your way. It may go away on its own, if not – and it decides it’s going to grow, it’s a.....
4. Large pimple (pustule) – this one is angry and wants you to know it. Sore, red, inflamed and infuriatingly nearly always without a head. So it doesn’t want you to pick.
Step away from the spot. Keep it clean, keep it moisturised, keep an eye on it. It will go away. It just wants to do it on its own timetable. Sometimes you can see a teeny weeny whitehead forming at the top. Normal cleansing will remove what your skin wants you to remove.
Pick or squeeze. If your skin is not offering up that sebum to you – back off. Your skin will win. And you’ll get a bleeding, angry spot that is ten times the size as when you started. Or maybe even a scar. Back off. For it may be a.....
5.Cyst – Deep, painful, really painful. Doesn’t always look like a spot – just an angry red lump. These you do not want to play with. These are caused by all manner of things but usually hormones. No amount of picking, playing, poking will do anything to this spot. It will laugh at you. And you will potentially scar if you start attempting to do anything with it. You need to take a look at your diet, your lifestyle and you may need an appointment with a dermatologist.
DO’S & DON’TS FOR SPOTTY SKIN:
already know/have heard? Probably, but there’s a reason for that - it works.
If you have already tried everything on this list and still seeing no changes or
improvement in your skin, you may need to visit a Dermatologist.
● Keep your skin clean. Cleanse properly and use good skincare.
● You want products that contain acids. Nice acids, Salicylic, Lactic,
Glycolic – all brilliant for helping your skin and they don’t have to be ££
££ to work.
● Change your pillowcases regularly.
● Use those strip things to rip out your blackheads. First of all they RIP your skin, NICE. Secondly – they’re just nasty.
● Use any skincare products with glitter in them. Although that should be
● Drink too much alcohol. Booze is loaded with sugar, nutritionists call it
‘liquid fire’ – and it also raises your body temperature (hot flush
anyone?) and thus raises inflammation. And massively dehydrates you.
Which makes your skin look like you’ve just been dug up.