What’s the deal with … Embracing spots?
Want to nuke your breakouts with every drying, stinging potion you’ve got? Don’t bother. Be kind and loving to them instead. You’re kidding. I’m not. Zits are largely an inflammatory problem, and need soothing and repairing, not stripping and irritating. Or they’ll get worse. Fact. Where do I start? No spot-clearing cleanser should contain alcohol or SLS (harsh sulfate detergents) – look for ones that specifically omit them, so your all-important skin barrier stays intact. Pick one with salicylic acid (purifying, anti-inflammatory) and leave it on for a minute before rinsing. What else? Hydrate! If you don’t, spots leave permanent marks. Purifying oils with salicylic acid or black cumin can be miraculous; they both heal and clear, without clogging pores. A gel moisturiser with sebum-regulating, calming and gently peeling ingredients, plus mattifying, oil-absorbing minerals, is perfect as well. What about on-the-spot products? I’m really impressed with sulfur. It draws out oil and filth and kills acne bacteria, but it’s gentle, too. It stinks of gone-off eggs, but who cares? Dot it on overnight and wake up with subjugated zits. The only spots left will be on that Dalmatian.