UNDERSTANDING YOUR BREAKOUTS
If you’re no stranger to sudden breakouts, you’ll understand how frustrating they can be. Sometimes it feels as though no matter how much you cleanse, tone and scrub, their pesky heads still appear, and often at the worst of times. Whilst they’re easy to conceal, wouldn’t it be great to say goodbye to troublesome skin for good? Where are you breaking out?If this sounds familiar, perhaps it’s time to study your skin a little deeper to understand exactly what your breakouts are trying to tell you. Firstly, think about where your spots tend to appear. If they’re concentrated to a certain area of your face, the chances are you’ll soon discover the route of the problem. This theory is called Face Mapping and suggests the location of your acne could present clues as to what’s causing it. Keep reading to find out some of the most common acne triggers and what you can do to control breakouts. 1. Spots on the ForeheadIf your spots are concentrated to the forehead this could indicate a problem with the digestive system. Generally, this is caused by high fat intake. To help your body break these foods down its best to cleanse your diet with plenty of fruit and veg, as well as increasing your intake of water and even incorporating green tea. If things don’t improve, this could signal a possible food intolerance. 2. Spots Between the EyebrowsSpots in this area are linked to the liver, so if your finding a pimple or two after a night out or a late-night takeaway, you know why! Stick with healthier choices as often as possible and trade in a night out for a night in every once in a while, trust us when we say your skin will thank you for it! 3. Spots on the NoseSpots on the nose tend to be linked to the heart. The heart is part of an entire system that pumps blood throughout the body, and when something that goes wrong with that system, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or even stress, it can be linked to the nose. To keep your nose blemish free its best to regulate the heart with a balanced and healthy diet including plentyof fresh food, nuts and omega-rich fish, whilst keeping stress to minimum with mindful exercises like yoga. It’s also important to note that the nose is full of dilated pores that can become easily clogged, so make sure to keep anything that comes into contact with it, like makeup brushes, clean. 4. Spots under your eyesSpots under your eyes are generally linked to the respiratory system. If you smoke, work in the city or are exposed to a lot of polluted air you’re going to notice breakouts here. Whilst it can be hard to avoid pollution altogether, there are steps that can be taken to reduce its impact on the skin. For example, take a long weekend walk in the countryside or add plants to your home or office to help increase your exposure to clean, fresh air. It’s also important to maintain a thorough skincare regime to ensure dirt and grime is removed from the skin every night. 5. Spots on the cheeksCheek spots signal a change in hormones and tend to rear their heads around the same time every month. Although there isn’t much that can be done to prevent these spots (thanks Mother Nature), there are steps that can be taken to control them. In the days before your period, it’s important to pay extra attention to your skincare. We recommend opting for face washes, toners and masks that contain clarifying ingredients like Witch Hazel or Salicylic Acid to control oil production and improve the appearance of blemishes. By paying attention to your breakouts and focusing on the areas in which your spots appear, you’ll be better equipped to find out what is causing them and put the right steps in place to control them. For more skincare tips and advice don’t forget to follow @monuskincare on Instagram and Twitter.