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Image courtesy of www.bellasugar.com

Image courtesy of http://www.bellasugar.com

It would seem that spots, breakouts, zits or whatever you want to call them are the single biggest skin care problem that people struggle to deal with.

There are many factors as to why breakouts develop and it is this complex equation which makes a single solution difficult to find.

Never the less a majority of breakouts occur when a plug develops and blocks a pore in the skin. This allows for bacterial growth (the yellow head) which the body then fights resulting in the redness and tenderness of the breakout.

The best way to fight them is through a good skin care routine.

Cleanse – Tone – Moisturise twice a day.

In addition to the basics an exfoliant is an excellent tool to ensure that as much dead skin is removed regularly to prevent the formation of the plugs for which it is a contributing factor.

Obviously when they do occur additional steps need to be taken to treat them and generally this is to do with killing the bacteria that have caused the breakout to occur. Two very popular and effective ingredients in current spot treatments are Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide.

There are many products available for use once the breakout begins to show and we would recommend both a morning/daytime treatment, many of which now contain a concealer to help disguise the breakout, and an overnight treatment too. This ensures that the problem is being dealt with continuously until the breakout clears up.

Golden Rule: No matter how tempting it is to squeeze and pick the spot don’t. Your hands are not sterile and you will therefore only be adding to the problem. This is also a major cause of the scarring that can result from a breakout.