How to treat a break-out before a date

By Francesca Dantonio 26th September 2012 Category: Advice

Up to 95% of the young adult population in the Western world are affected by spots. They are a part of a more serious and widespread problem called acne. Acne can affect the face, back and sometimes even the buttocks.

A spot occurs when the sebaceous glands at the surface of the skin become blocked. The sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance which keeps healthy skin lubricated. Spots can be caused by hormonal imbalances during the teenage years, when you are run down or when you are due on your period. Spots and breakouts can also occur at the most inopportune times such as when you have a date the next day or even later that evening! There are a few handy tips that you can use to calm the spot down and make it less obvious, which will be discussed below.

Long Term Skin Treatment, Fast Results

If you suffer from spots long-term, you would benefit from some of the treatments for acne on offer at one of the many Sk:n clinics in the UK. If you are under their care, you are likely to have been given medicated creams containing glycolic acid.

This is very effective at reducing the appearance of spots as it tackles the excess oil production which causes spots. On the day the spot erupts, clean the area thoroughly and apply the glycolic acid cream twice a day. If your skin starts to feel dry, reduce the frequency to once a day. You should notice the redness and size of the spot start to reduce within a few hours.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil or Melaleuca oil is a natural remedy derived from the Melaleuca tree indigenous to Australia, and is a fantastic antibacterial and anti inflammatory agent. Dilute one to two drops in water and apply it to the spot using a cotton bud. Apply it sparingly as it can sting, but it is very effective at reducing spot redness and size in a few hours.

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