An outbreak of spots can put a real dampener on your mood and confidence. If spots, blocked pores and blemishes are a concern for you, there are several things you can do to help prevent and reduce them – here are our tips to get clearer skin.

Change your pillowcase regularly

Even though you cleanse your skin before bed, it still produces oil throughout the night.  This is absorbed by your pillowcase, which means that every time you put your face on your pillow you risk absorbing the bacteria and oil from the night before. If you’re struggling with spots, make sure that your pillowcase is frequently washed.

Always remove makeup

Sleeping and makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Not only does skipping cleanser lead to blocked pores and excess oiliness (which causes spots), you are also skipping your moisturizer which means your skin is being deprived of much-needed nutrients! This can lead to premature ageing, dryness and uneven skin tone. Cleanse your skin thoroughly every night, and follow with a light moisturiser to give your skin the best possible chance at clearing those spots.

Pick the right products

Look at the products that you’re using and make sure they aren’t too harsh for your skin. When you have spots, it can be very tempting to use harsh cleansers, exfoliators and spot-clearing products, but this can make the problem worse. When the skin is irritated or stripped of its natural oil, it will produce more oil to compensate, which will only make things worse. There are products out there that are both gentle and designed for spot prone skin; consider switching to these instead.

A clean environment

Think about the things that come into contact with your face throughout the day, such as your phone, your hands, makeup brushes and even scarves. Make sure that these are all cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from building up on them. Too much bacteria on the face can cause spots, so keeping everything that touches your face clean can make a big difference to your skin.

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