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Breakout Breakdown: What Is Causing Your Spots?

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Spots on your chin, neck or forehead? They all have very different causes...

There are very few of us lucky enough to have never woken up in the morning with a red blemish on our face. Whether it's one every now and then or regular breakouts, almost all of us have had to battle a spot or two (or 100, for that matter). Although these pimples might not even be noticeable to anybody else, they become a constant source of irritation and insecurity.

The general idea is that as we grow up, we also grow out of our spots - but adult acne is actually just as common as teenage acne. According to American Academy of Dermatology 85 percent of people aged between 12 and 24 have experienced at least one bout of acne. The condition is on the rise, too, and recent research suggests that the condition may be triggered by psychological stress. Sigh.

It’s common knowledge that the secret to tackling pimples is to identify the cause, but in recent years Chinese dermatology has taken diagnosing blemished skin one step further, by aligning the location of your spots to varying health issues. This is called face mapping, in which the face acts as an outside view of the body's internal health.

An obvious recurrent theme - whether you're getting spots on your forehead or chin - seems to be stress, so that's definitely a good place to start when it comes to troublesome skin.

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So, from pimples on your chin to breakouts on your forehead and spots on your back, what is your skin trying to tell you?

Tips for de-stressing to reduce acne

Stress is a direct catalyst to acne flare-ups if you're prone to getting spots. One study explains how stress causes an inflammatory response in the body, which leads to a broken pore become red and filled with puss.

To de-stress try these 3 things:

  1. Exercise every day to promote oxygen flow to the brain, as that reduces stress
  2. Spend 10-15 minutes every day meditating or practising deep breathing exercises
  3. Get a good night’s sleep of 7-9 hours per night.

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To learn more about how to get the best night's sleep, read: Don't Skimp On Sleep: How To Get The Rest You Need

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