What causes spots on the skin?

The bane of many people’s lives – spots or acne on the face. And, whether it is 1 spot or 100 different ones, it greatly affects the person concerned. The biggest problem it causes is a dip in the person’s confidence and self-esteem.  

So, what causes acne and these unforgiving spots on the face?

One of the most common misconceptions that people have regarding a skin condition like acne is that it is primarily caused by dirty skin. They try to treat the problem by frequent and harsh washing only to exacerbate the condition even further.

This needs to stop. It is only causing more harm to your skin and might also cause irreparable damage to your skin.

People need to understand that acne has many causes, such as –

·       Genetic reasons

·       Hormonal imbalance

·       High stress levels

·       Dietary problems

·       Over-cleansing the skin

So, before you start treating your acne, you must understand what is causing it in the first place. And, before you understand that, you must understand what causes a spot.

There are three main factors in the development of a spot:

1.      Excess Keratinisation i.e. too many dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin.

2.      Excess Oil (Sebum) – Sebum production is normally stimulated by the hormone testosterone, which is why acne is so prevalent in teenagers (who experience a hormone surge during puberty). In women, due to fluctuations in hormone levels, spots can be a problem throughout their lives.

3.      A bacteria found around the opening of a hair shaft (c. acne bacteria).

Mix them all together and it can cause havoc.

But be aware you need at least two to cause spots.

How do I get rid of Acne?

Understanding the cause and contributing factors of your acne is the first step to being able to treat it. From here we will help you put a plan in place to address the causes and help the skin restore homeostasis. Our aim is to prevent acne damaging the skin for life.

While there is no magic wand to cure acne we can control the number of spots, their severity, and help minimise any damage they might do to the skin in the long term.

How can we help?

As a clinic which specialises in acne, we have access to many different facial skin treatments, advanced technologies and dermalogical products that will help you on your journey to clear healthy skin.

What products do we use?

Our skincare range Dermaviduals have cleansers that are gentle and will not over strip the skin. They will cleanse and gently remove excess keratinisation and the excess sebum. The secret is to cleanse your skin without stripping the good oils (remember spotty skin is not dirty skin).

Pro Tip – Beware of cleansing products that leave your skin feeling very dry or tight. These products remove too much of the sebum, making the skin feel it is dry, which in turn stimulates oil production.

Bacteria is found on all skins, not just those with acne, and it performs a useful purpose within the microbiome system of the skin. Unbalance the pH of the skin and you will upset this bacterium, thus causing spots to occur. Cleansing with dermaviduals will not upset the pH nor the acid mantle, thus keeping the skin in a perfect harmony.