While we all like to think that our skincare routines are tip-top, even those with 10-step routines complete with serums that will set you back hundreds of pounds aren’t immune to a pesky spot from time to time. That’s right. Although getting the odd whopper of a spot can leave you screaming Why me?! from the rooftops, you should also find solace in the fact that literally everyone gets spots.
Some spots might be painful and rock-hard, and others may appear red, inflamed, and juicy. While they can often leave you feeling helpless, providing you know exactly what to do, they shouldn’t stick around for too long. Howard Murad, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Murad explains, “There are two overarching types of spots: non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory spots include both whiteheads and blackheads and are formed through a build up of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Inflammatory spots form acne and large cyst-like pustules. They tend to be red, much deeper, and more painful and are difficult to treat.” So what’s the secret, and how are we supposed to tackle our zits at home? Keeping scrolling to see what experts recommend.