Breakouts (spots) are caused when the skin produces too much sebum which mixes with dead skin cells getting stuck in pores forming a plug in the skin follicle. This plug can bulge outwards, creating a whitehead or it can be open to the skin forming a blackhead. Bacteria living on the skin can react with the plugged follicles, causing a pustule.
This can all be exacerbated by changes in hormones during teenage years as the sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to hormones. Breakouts can also happen due to hormonal changes around pregnancy or in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
As breakouts are often caused by hormonal changes in the body it is not possible to treat using skincare as a method. However sensible choices in products can help with some of the symptoms and effects.
Keep the skin very clean using a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip oils from the surface, harsh cleansers will strip the oil from the skin and it will then produce more to compensate.
Massage blended oils into the skin to moisturise, protect from scarring and soften pores.
Tips: Use a silver shield gel after cleansing - it is a leave-on product with anti-bacterial properties. Look at reducing sugar in your diet, consult a functional nutritionist for further advice.
Best products: Petitgrain Cleanser, Balance Face Cream, Pure Face Cream (for super-sensitive break out skin), Skin Therapy Face Oil (for breakout and dry skin) and Soothe Face Oil (for breakout and oily skin).