I always thought I’d come out of my teenage years with spot-free skin. Turns out, it doesn’t always work like that.
Spots can be more common in the teenage years because oil glands are activated by hormones during puberty. However, you can still get them as an adult. In fact, one study found that in 454 adults, 85% of the adult acne sufferers were women.
Here are a few reasons why you might experience spots in your 20s and beyond:
- Menstrual cycle
- Physical and mental stress
- Skin products
- Family history
What are spots?
I was pretty shocked to read that the NHS reports that 95% of people 11-30 are affected by acne to some extent.
There are 6 types of spots caused by acne. These are blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. You can get them anywhere from your face and neck, to your back, chest and even legs.
A sebaceous gland is next to a small hair follicle. This secretes sebum oil which helps to prevent the skin and hair from drying out. When one of these pores becomes clogged or inflamed, it causes spots.
What do spots mean?
There are theories that spots on certain areas of the face and body can give you an indication of health.
We searched the internet to learn more.
[Just a note, we’re not doctors. We’re just women who are suffering from spots on the neck, forehead, chin, and cheeks. We want to share with you what we’ve found. It might help you too.]
Spots on your neck
One website reports that spots on the neck mean that you are run down. Maybe you’re working all day and out all night. Maybe you are rushing about here there and everywhere. Maybe it is time to slow down.
Take some time off, practise self-care, and remember, drink lots of water!
Spots on your cheeks
Spots on the cheeks could be down to make-up, allergies, sinus problems, or even phone hygiene. How often do you wipe your mobile down? Maybe it’s time to make it a daily habit!
In Chinese medicine, the diagnosis for spots on the cheeks is pollution or living environment and respiratory stress.
Spots on your chin
Spots on the chin and around the mouth are common places to get spots. How often do you catch yourself touching your face, or leading on your hand? This will transfer bacteria from your hand to your face, creating a breeding ground for spots. This area may also be linked to hormones and stress.
Try drinking lots of water, eating well and go back to the 2020 rule of “don’t touch your face!”
What to do about spots
In my research, I’ve found there seem to be some common themes on how to deal with spots on your neck and face.
- Stay hydrated
- Eat a balanced diet – though according to the NHS there is actually no evidence to connect diet and spots…
- Avoid squeezing!! I know, it’s tempting but it can cause scarring and more irritation
- Try to get enough sleep
- Wash your makeup off every night
- Start a skincare routine suited to your skin type
If you are really struggling with acne in your post-teenage years, it might be time to see your GP. It could be acne or something else entirely. Always good to get a professional’s opinion!
Also, you may notice your skin may flare during your period. This is normal and we have a whole blog all about how to take care of your skin during your period.
Here are some of the interesting articles you might like to read all about spots on the neck and acne mapping:
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