Now I know as Valentine’s approaches its a time for us to all get sultry. But if a girl is going to buy fancy lingerie and shave her legs she wants to make damn sure she doesn’t gets spots until after she has eaten 5 boxes of Ferrero Roche courtesy of her doting bf.
So despite this being the most seductive time of year, today I will be talking about spots, blotches and blemishes. There’s sexy for ya.
I have to say now, this column is not about acne. I think for acne you have to work out what works for you. If you can, see a dermatologist, as GPs never seem to know what to do. When I had acne I tried absolutely anything and listened to all the advice advice I could find, including – but not limited to – washing my skin with white wine vinegar and covering my whole face in bio-oil. I used products that tore apart my skin and completely dried out my face, causing angry eczema to break out. For acne, the best advice is to go back to the drawing board. No spot cream. No harsh chemicals and absolutely no picking. In the end my saving grace was starting with Epaderm Emollient (£11.05) as a cleanser and moisturiser and using nothing else. Now I use Bioderma Miceller Water Regular (£9.99).
But anyway, back to the basic spots. As I previously mentioned, drying spots out is not the answer. This is what teenage spot products do, leaving you with bumps instead of spots with heads. Wow this really is a gross topic -sorry, it’s only going to get worse.
To annihilate the spot instantly, apply a hot cloth soaked in very warm water (with clean hands!). Now for the worst part, get a sterile needle and pop it. Wash the now ex-spot with something extremely gentle – try Cetaphil (£9). Immediately apply a tiny amount of mud from a face pack onto the spot. Dead Sea Magik Mud Mask (£8), absolutely works and you can buy it Holland & Barrett. Leave it for 10 minutes, wash it off, go to bed and wake up spot free!Now the ultimate spot secret. Using an aspirin mask is a must to banish all incoming spots, getting rid of them before they rear their ugly heads. This cheap as chip solution really works, all you need to do is take 4-5 aspirin tablets (the non-coated ones) and crush them using the back of a spoon until you have a very fine powder. Add the mixture to bowl with some water to create a paste. If you want the paste especially posh and luxurious, add in the expensive honey (Pure Gold – 6+ Manuka Honey can be used as a face mask on its own for ultra smooth skin). This can be dabbed on to clear spots and blackheads, all you have to do is leave it on for 10-15 mins and then rinse off. Even in this short time you should see a dramatic improvement and by morning the spots should be completely gone.
I’ve been told that as well as using as a paste on direct spots, smearing it across your entire face will leave you with incredibly smooth skin, due to the salicylic acid that aspirin contains but I haven’t been brave enough try that yet!