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Top Tips for Clearing Spots

Caring for your Skin to Avoid Spots and Blackheads
Greasy spot-prone skin isn't unusual at all. But if your spots get out of hand, they could cause you to become self-conscious and upset. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to care for your skin and potentially achieve an unblemished complexion, whatever your skin type.

Greasy Skin: What you Need to Know

Greasy skin tends to produce more sebum than necessary. There are various reasons for this: Genetic predisposition, stress, hormonal fluctuations or an unhealthy lifestyle can all stimulate the sebaceous glands and cause impurities in the skin.

Cause and Effect: What Causes Spots?

Sebaceous glands are found in the dermis (a layer of your skin) and are directly connected to the hair shafts. If the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, the hair shafts fill up and get blocked – and spots become noticeable. The skin’s natural acid mantle (a slightly acidic film on the surface of the skin) loses its balance due to the over-production of sebum. Bacteria can penetrate the pores and the skin becomes inflamed. You can find out more about blackheads and their causes here.

These symptoms are signs of greasy skin

  • Shiny skin: sebum is visible as a greasy film on the skin.
  • Enlarged skin pores: if too much sebum is produced by the skin, the walls of the pores expand permanently.
  • Sallow complexion: greasy skin does not have good circulation, so the complexion often looks sallow. 
  • Spots in the T-zone: the skin on the forehead, nose and chin is particularly affected by impurities.

How to look after greasy skin

Greasy skin needs a lot of attention and special care. Sebum production has to be kept under control so that the skin has a less shiny appearance and annoying spots and blackheads do not form. Even if you have greasy skin, you can get a clear complexion by following the right care regime.

Clean the skin right into the pores

Thorough cleansing is particularly important for greasy skin, and for clearing spots. Do not use soaps, however, as these dry out the facial skin unnecessarily

and also stimulate the production of the skin’s oils. NIVEA’s range of Sensitive and Dry Skin cleansing products, cleanse intensively, reduce shine and opens the pores without leaving a greasy residue. This ensures that bacteria are effectively controlled and the skin’s appearance is enhanced. Tone your skin with a toner after cleansing. Toners with a little alcohol have a disinfecting effect and are particularly suitable for greasy skin. Pay attention to your T-zone: target skin impurities and remove blackheads. To take effective action against spots and impurities,

the best thing to do is to use all the products in a series, such as the Sensitive or Dry Skin Cleansing products by NIVEA, as these complement one another for the best results.

Make your skin radiant!

If you have greasy skin, you should always use a moisturising cream, as greasy skin also has to be protected against cold, heat and other environmental influences. Light fluids and gels are particularly good. Make sure that your moisturiser contains anti-bacterial and skin-soothing ingredients. NIVEA Anti Blemish Moisturizer with its extract of magnolia bark has a moisturising matt effect.

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Methods of combating and clearing spots

Tips for blemish-free skin: how to stay one step ahead of spots!

  • Avoiding irritating factors: Avoid heat, abrasions and aggressive cleansing, as greasy skin reacts very sensitively to these. 
  • Bind excess grease: matt powders and oil-free make-up absorb excess sebum on the face. If you notice that your face is very shiny, you can also grab a paper tissue and gently dab off the sebum. 
  • Skin scrubs and masks for spots: You can remove dead skin cells and dirt from your skin 2-3 times a week using a mild scrub and then tone and moisturise with a mask. 
  • Visiting a beauty salon: Have your skin cleansed regularly by your professional beauty therapist. This will have a lasting improvement on the appearance of your skin. 
  • Changing your diet and habits: Having an unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking or suffering from stress, can have a negative impact on the appearance of your skin. Ensure that you eat healthily and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Do you have really difficult issues with skin impurities and a tendency to develop acne? Find out more about the correct treatment of these skin problems here.

Natural home remedies for clearing spots

You can combat facial spots and impurities with medicinal plants as well. For example, marigold petals contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. Prepare an infusion from the petals. The brew can be put on a compress, which can be placed on the skin for a few moments. A quick and simple cleansing steam bath can also help in clearing spots and blackheads. Put a few drops of camomile essence in hot water, place a towel over your head and hold your face over the steam for approximately 5 minutes. The hot steam will open the pores. Afterwards, the skin will be able to absorb a cleansing mask really well.

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