Blemished Skin

Many people suffer from blemish prone skin. We’ll show you how to get your skin problems under control.


Do you have blemish prone skin and wonder why? In order for you to be able to care for your skin optimally, our skin care experts will be answering ‘what is blemished skin?’ and identifying the potential causes of blemish prone skin. 

What is blemished skin and the reasons for it?

Blemished skin is a spot or discolouration, which appears on the skin and can be distressing. There are various reasons for a skin blemish: genetic predisposition, stress and hormonal fluctuations or an unhealthy lifestyle stimulate the sebaceous glands and cause impurities in the skin.

The sebaceous glands are found in the dermis and are directly connected to 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 loses its balance with the over-production of sebum and bacteria can penetrate into the skin. The pores become blocked and spots occur. At the same time, just like in teenagers, blackheads are caused by increased activity in the sebaceous glands and a cornification disorder. Find out more about blackheads and what you can do about them.


Hormone fluctuations
This is often down to a genetic predisposition, if either of your parents had oily skin growing up there is a high chance you will have a similar skin type. Also, hormonal fluctuations can happen later on in life, caused by the pill or pregnancy, resulting in blemished skin.
Another possible cause is medications such as antidepressants or cortisone preparations. If you think your medication is causing you to have blemished skin and this is affecting you emotionally, we recommend consulting with your doctor. 
Sun Exposure
Another reason for blemished skin is excessive sun exposure. Sun spots are the discolouration of the skin due to the production of excess melanin. As well as sun spots, the sun’s rays cause us to perspire and this can block up our pores resulting in blemishes. Alongside this, our skin can dry out if not given the suitable care encouraging the creation of excess sebum. 
There are a number of assumptions when it comes to food encouraging blemished skin. Fast food that’s rich in fat, salt and sugar are known for causing acne- if this is something you can relate to we recommend cutting down on the greasy food. Also, dairy products contain the androgen hormone which is associated with acne. 
Are you a frequent flyer? The artificial air in aeroplanes can cause our skin to become dehydrated and this can encourage sebum production. Balance your moisture levels with the NIVEA ByeBye Dry Skin Nourishing Face Mask and arrive feeling and looking fresh! 

Avoid making mistakes in your beauty regime!

Our skin is unique to us and blemishes can come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important you find your beauty regime. Those with combination skin or oily skin are especially affected by spots. But with the right care, these skin problems can be improved considerably, combating blemish prone skin.


1) Find products for your skin type: For clearer and fresher-looking skin, it’s best to use skin care products that are specially tailored to your skin type. For combination skin and oily skin, a gentle face wash is ideal for cleansing, such as the NIVEA Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. Enriched with Vitamin E, this formula is designed to cleanse and invigorate skin, while balancing moisture levels.  The facial gel removes excess oil without drying out the skin. This is a key quality to look for as some skin care products can cleanse too strongly and dry out your skin. 
2) Cleanse and tone your skin: Toning your skin after cleansing is important for closing your pores and tightening your skin in preparation of your moisturiser. Many NIVEA products are 2-in-1 saving you time when caring for your skin.  Uncover the NIVEA MicellAIR Rose Water 2-in-1 Cleanser & Toner perfect for removing makeup without the need of rubbing your skin harshly.  
3) Moisturise your skin: Moisturising your skin is essential for preventing the over production of natural oils. The right anti blemish care products should be moisturising but non-greasy as seen in the NIVEA Glow Beauty Blemish Prone BB Cream. Formulated with blemish prone skin in mind, this day cream has a ant-bacterial, formula and provides the skin with a mattifying look by refining pores and evening skin tone. Infused with Magnolia Extract the product also moisturises the skin for 24 hours without clogging pores.


The right cleansing care

What’s more, the most important rule for impurities is to keep your hands away from your face as this spreads bacteria and in turn spots. Find out more about spots and their causes.

You can get your problematic skin under control with a special cleansing and care routine tailored to your skin type.


Now we have walked through a special cleansing routine for blemished skin, we will look at lifestyle changes you can make to get your problematic skin under control.


Pure skin is not always a question of your skin type and your care routine. The problem often lies under the skin. Sorrow, worries, and above all, stress, disrupt our skin’s natural balance. An important step towards clearer skin is reducing stress. Are you struggling to juggle your work and family life? With a few tricks, you can take some time for yourself: By going shopping only once a week, you can save both time and energy. Or, even better: have fresh fruit, vegetables and beverages delivered. 

  • Cook meals in large quantities and then divide them up and freeze them. This will save you time, and it means you can effortlessly conjure up a delicious meal later on. 
  • Work on your social skills: try to say no once in a while and enjoy a pamper evening. A bubble bath, face mask and catching up on your TV series can be just what you needed to feel revitalised and de-stressed.  
  • A varied diet is also important at work. Save yourself some time by preparing something at home and taking it with you. It’s sure to be healthier than fast food or ready meals during your lunch break.


Find out more about inner balance and how it affects your skin here.


Sport and a healthy diet will reduce stress and strengthen your immune system. And it’s also great for your skin. Going for a run and sweating is a brilliant way to clear out your pores, just remember to wash your face as soon as you are home to prevent the bacteria seeping back into your skin!


Natural remedies can help make your skin look healthy and radiant again. A medicinal clay mask has an anti-inflammatory effect and soothes blemished skin. 

To make one, you’ll need: 

  • 2 tbsp. medicinal clay from the chemist or the pharmacy 
  • 2 tbsp. lukewarm water 

Here’s how to do it:  

  1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and stir the mixture well, until there are no more lumps visible. 
  2. Then apply the mask to the skin on your face and on your upper chest area if necessary. The mask will have achieved its full effect after around 30 minutes. 
  3. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse off your skin with lukewarm water.

expert advice


The majority of people out there who will be able to answer ‘what is blemished skin?’ either suffer themselves or are medical or beauty professionals. If you are suffering from blemished skin, it’s important to also ask your dermatologist or beautician for advice. Treat yourself to some medical attention in your beauty salon and have your skin professionally cleansed. Fruit acid peels can improve the appearance of your skin after four to eight applications. 

Find out more about the skin condition of acne here.


Discover the NIVEA MicellAIR Rose Water 2 In 1 Cleanser and Toner to shorten your skincare routine but increase the effectiveness! Enriched with organic rose water the formula removes makeup and impurities without the need for harsh scrubbing. The gentle product balances your moisture levels leaving you with toned, healthy skin, preventing the formation of blemishes.