Whether it's a chin spot, a nose pimple or a mouth zit, it's never fun when you get a break out. Now reveals exactly what that spot means and how to banish it for good!

Half of us suffer from acne at some point in our adult lives*. So how do we deal with those pesky pimples?

SPOTS DECODED!!

Dr Amber Akhter, GP and Dermatology Specialist, explains what’s causing that spot…

FOREHEAD & TEMPLES: Hair care products can worsen whiteheads and blackheads. Having a fringe or wearing a hat or helmet can also cause pore clogging and irritation.

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CHEEKS: Oily skin, Smartphones, make-up and medicines, such as steroid creams, can be to blame for the painful cysts that build up here.

HAIRLINE: Hair care products, colour treatments, build up of make-up, hats and unwashed hair can cause spots to build here.

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CHIN: Hormones such as the contraceptive pill or Polycystic Ovaries.

MOUTH: Spots here can be caused by an irritation or reaction with toothpaste and lip balms/lipsticks and sometimes certain rich foods such as chocolate and seafood.

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NOSE: Blowing your nose and rubbing or touching the nose with dirty hands can cause pimples around the nostrils. Rich moisturizers and SPFs can also cause build up and pore clogging.

Prevention

Emma Rose, Nutritionist at Fresh Fitness Food, shares her top three tips:

Stress Less When the body is stressed it releases cortisol, which triggers testosterone, a hormone responsible for oil production. This excess oil blocks pores, resulting in breakouts. Make time for stress reducing activities, like exercising.

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Eat clean Foods such refined carbs and sugar cause blood insulin levels to spike, this results in an inflammatory response – which can cause breakouts.

Munch on…

Eat these foods for flawless skin…

Salmon- Rich in Omega-3s to reduce inflammation.

Sunflower seeds – contain Vitamin E to enhance immune function.

Lemons– Help detoxify due to antimicrobial benefits.

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Why not try: Wiley’s Finest Peak EPA Fish Oil tablets, £25.99, wileysfinest.co.uk

Treatment

Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson, shares her top four tips to bust those zits.

  1. Exfoliate skin weekly and cleanse face twice daily with a face wash designed for acne-prone skin.  Products that contain salicylic acid and zinc may help.
  2. Try over the counter acne treatments such as Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. Apply directly onto spots.
  3. Avoid heavy cosmetics and choose items that are oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  4. See your GP or a dermatologist if your acne persists, if you notice scarring, or it’s starting to affect your self-esteem.

*Survey by Proactiv. **A 2011 study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London.

Dr Amber Akhter GP (www.AmberCosmeticClinic.co.uk), Fresh Fitness Food (www.freshfitnessfood.com), premium provider of bespoke nutrition plans