What causes spots?

Reasons for breakouts on the face

Spots have a huge effect on self-esteem, but being aware of the root causes is essential for combatting them.

What causes spots?

Discover the possible reasons for pimples on the face and how your lifestyle and cleansing routine could be affecting your skin.

The science behind spots

Most people suffer from some pimples at some stage in their life and it’s extremely common among people in their teenage years. This can range from the odd monthly spot to more serious acne.

Small hair follicles are located in the skin, each with a sebaceous gland attached to it. These glands are responsible for secreting an oil known as sebum to prevent the skin and hair from drying out. Pimples develop when the skin’s sebaceous oil glands become clogged and inflamed. This tends to happen around what’s known as the T-zone, which refers to the area surrounding the forehead, nose and chin.

How to prevent spots and treat them

Don’t let spots and blemishes get you down! Here are some easy ways to take care of blemish-prone skin and help prevent them from coming back.

Don’t forget to cleanse in the morning!

Your morning cleanse is just as important as your evening cleanse. It rids the skin of any sweat, sebum and dirt particles that may have built up in the pores overnight, which could otherwise lead to pimples. Have you tried NIVEA Sensitive Caring Micellar Water for a refined complexion?

How to treat spots

A good daily skin care routine is a huge part of any treatment for blemish prone skin and will help prevent any new pimples from forming. Make sure you are cleansing twice a day to rid the pores of any dirt, grime and pollution. If you find yourself travelling frequently, try using NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub to deeply cleanse and refine your skin.

An anti-bacterial moisturiser like NIVEA oil free moisturiser provides your skin with 24 hours moisture and simultaneously reduces shine. Additionally the formula with magnolia extract fights and helps prevents blemishes.

Choose your moisturiser wisely


Don’t be afraid of using moisturiser if you have pimples. A light moisturiser like NIVEA oil free moisturising day cream will reduce shine without clogging the pores. Plus it even has a high performing formula to effectively fight existing spots and helps to prevent blemishes. 

5 tips for maintaining clear skin

  • Make sure you’re drinking enough water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Try to use warm water rather than hot water for cleansing.
  • Gently pat your skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing it.
  • Take some time to relax and unwind – stress might make your skin condition worse.
  • Regularly wash your pillow cases to prevent the spread of bacteria.