How to tackle awkward body spots


There are countless products on the market catered to the zits and blackheads on our faces, but what about those pesky spots that pop up in odd areas like our shoulders, underarms and backs, how do we tend to them?

We’ve turned to a couple of skincare experts for some advice.

Elizabeth Rimmer (Dip, BSc, MSc) - Skincare Expert, Founder and Clinical Director of London Professional Aesthetics – has some useful recommendations on tackling the problem and starts with one important tip.

"Spots can crop up in all kinds of places. Wherever it is, the first rule of thumb is do not be tempted to pick,” she tells Cover Media. “Picking will likely make the spot look worse and even if you do manage to expel some of the pus, you risk forcing more pus deeper down, thereby creating redness and swelling."

You may be tempted to wash the area excessively in a bid to clear things up, but that’s not a good idea, Elizabeth stresses. She does advise to keep the spots clean and dry, especially in a naturally sweaty area; however it’s important not to overwash the skin.

The expert cites using a medical skin cleanser over a standard soap or body wash as it they will “restore a slightly acidic pH”, lowering the risk of breakouts which tend to break out in alkaline environments.

After this, Elizabeth says to pat skin dry with a soft towel as to not irritate the skin.

"Avoid abrasive cleansers or rubbing with towels, friction may increase redness and potentially even tear any fragile skin covering the spot, increasing its unsightliness,” she noted.

Many breakouts around the body can simple be covered up by clothes, but for the spots on show Elizabeth says mineral make-up is the best cover-up as there’s no oils, preservatives or fragrance.

Dr. Preema Vig, who has her own London clinic, suggests using iS Clinical Active Serum with salicylic acid to deep clean the pores, noting spots can be caused by stress and pollution too.

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