There’s nothing worse than waking up to a spot. That one spot that feels huge but isn’t yet ready to pop and everyone you bump into that day also goes out of their way to mention it. Yes,  I know I’ve got a big juicy clogged up pour on my face, but you could at least pretend you hadn’t noticed, thanks.

However, all joking aside, zits can have a negative effect on our emotional well-being. The odd spot, we can deal with, but if you suffer from spots on a regular basis, they can really get you down. You’re most certainly not alone and many young people, no matter what they do, feel like they can’t get rid of reoccurring spots.

So to help we’ve come up with 7 things you can do to prevent you getting spots. Now we’re not promising these methods will work, but they’re worth a try, hey? And don’t worry, these tips are realistic and easy to carry out. Good luck!

  1. Don’t Squeeze
    We repeat – do. not. squeeze! It’s so tempting. Of course you want that zit gone ASAP but you can actually make things worse by doing this. It’s time to be patient and let them come and go on their own accord.
  2. Hands Off!
    Similarly, even if you’re not squeezing your spots, try not to touch your face at all. Doing so can irritate your skin and also result in your spreading bacteria.
  3. Say No To Make-up
    Easy for the lads, hard for the girls. Try not to wear make up all the time. Remember it’s important to allow your skin to breath and to give it a break from time to time. Buying non-comedogenic waterbased make up products can also help. Oh and whatever you do, don’t sleep in it! Make sure your face is make up clean before you hop into bed.
  4. Washing Rules
    Make sure you don’t wash your face too much, as this can make your skin worse and equally, when  you do wash your face, make sure the water is ‘lukewarm.’
  5. Drink Up
    Keeping with the water theme… make sure you drink plenty. Doing so will help your skin.
  6. Chill, Man
    Take a deep breath and de-stress. Stress causes the body to release cortisol, which can cause you guessed it… spots! So chill. Got Uni work to do? You can’t… it’s for the spots 😉
  7. On Your Bike
    As well as helping to reduce stress, exercise also increases blood flow, which helps to nourish skin cells.
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