Spot 101: How I’m Trying To Clear Mine Up

…and general stressed-out skin tips

I have (touch-wood) managed to muddle through life so far without too much hassle in the skin department. I used to have the odd monthly spot, here and there, dab on a little concealer and be done with it. In recent months though a switch-a-rooney of medication has turned my chin into its own little danger zone that likes to rage hell pretty much constantly. Instead of the intermittent eruptions, I’ve had one after the other of painful, pus-filled pimples and I can now see what a huge pain in the ass spots really are. Thank you pores – you can sort yourselves out now – I’ve learnt my lesson!

I’m thankful that it’s confined to the chin-zone and should now be on its way out the door thanks to a change back to my original medication, but after travelling recently, combined with a bit of stress and the copious amounts of suncream I applied whilst I was away, there seems be a bit of a party going on right now on my jaw area. I’ve got a few events coming up soon and don’t much fancy looking like I’m concealing  some skittles that have stuck to my chin (which is what they currently resemble), so I’m pulling out every trick in the book in order to boot ’em off pronto…


The Boring Stuff

You’ve heard it a million times before, but I noticed it especially this week when I really thought about what I’d been eating. The night before I’d had a Domino’s for dinner and had grazed on chocolate biscuits for the whole day. Yeah. Not fab. So I’ve been forcing some fruit and veggies down and upping my water intake, which had got a bit measley as I hide from builders all day in the front room. Instead I’ve been pouring out huge bottles of water, downing them and then dashing to my parent’s for a wee. The lengths we have to go to, eh? 

Mask It Up

Zoe and Caroline corned Lily and I at a party recently and sung the praises of the May Lindstrom The Problem Solver for spot-busting and for just being all-round amazing. I’m never one to just sit on that kind of recommendation, so of course I had to try it out for myself and I can concur that yes, it’s pretty awesome stuff. It’s a powder formula that when mixed with equal parts water, turns into a mousse texture to be used as a mask. It’s pricey but all the ingredients in May’s line are organic, vegan, wild-crafted and sustainably sourced. It’s the good egg of skincare. I must say though that this tub is huge. Either it will last you forever or if your mate is also skincare obsessed, go halfs on it and decant it out.

I’m not sure what the official word is on how often it’s advised to use it, but I’ve been going in with the stuff every other day. One – because I find that it’s a relaxing routine to do before bed. I apply this, go on my Bed of Nails Mat for 20 minutes or so, do some stretching/sit on my phone depending on if I feel like being a rebel and just scrolling through Instagram. Then I remove it and pile on the May Lindstorm Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm (more on that later). Two – because my skin seems to love it. It doesn’t dry my complexion out like other masks and despite the tingling sensation when it’s actually on my face, I don’t get any redness from it and afterwards my skin looks brighter, clearer and any spots that I do have seem dulled (in a good way).


Hydrate & Aerate

I know the natural reaction when it comes to spots is to stave them of all moisture, but actually a bit of oil on the affected area can work wonders. I like to hydrate and aerate; giving some TLC to my spots in the forms of balms and oils and going lighter on the makeup, using none at all if possible to avoid contaminating products and brushes and just generally avoiding the need to touch my face unnecessarily.

Hydrators that I’ve been loving include the aforementioned May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm that I ran to purchase after Caroline used it on me during one of her facials and I fell in love. It leaves this beautiful gloss to the skin, but absorbs well and helps to tune down any redness I’ve got going on. Oh and it smells like chocolate. I’m still enjoying the KYPRIS Antioxidant Dew and Beauty Elixir I as my serum and oil duo in the evenings and in the mornings too, if I’m not using makeup. Then of course there are the overnight leave-on masks, which sometimes I like to use too during the mask step. If I don’t want to use something detoxifying over my whole face, I’ll do the whole multi-mask thing and use a hydrating mask just on my drier areas. For that and for just leaving on overnight if I can’t be bothered to throw a whole routine on, I love the Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defending Masque and the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask – both of which smell like sweets. Bring on the Haribo cravings… 

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Borim

    First off, you never fail me to make me laugh out loud! I never drink enough liquids when I’m out and about, partly due to availability and mostly because I can’t be bothered going to the toilet so often ha! For me, it helps to workout more often (and have good showers/ baths right after) to really unclog those pores. But you wouldn’t have a problem with that — I see you working out on snapchat all the time!

    I’ve got some of my skincare faves if you want to check them out:

  • The pesky chin spots are the worst!! I’m loving using plain old chamomile lotion on them and its working wonders!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • I have a huge spot on my chin right now 🙁 and of course it’s right before my friend’s wedding this Saturday…


  • Totally swooning over the blue Kypris packaging right now! Wouldn’t mind having something as pretty helping me with my spots ha!

  • I desperately needed this post, this morning my chin has gone into crisis mode! No amount of makeup will cover it up ha! Origins is normally my go to when my skin gets in such a state! x

  • I went from clear skin to a small family of spots on my face this week, and have never thought to give them loads of hydration before.. that’s it, I’m applying Drink Up Intensive tonight!

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  • Joyofjelly

    I have same problem with drinking water, at work it’s ok because I’m so bored that I drink water to kill some time 😛 but at home I forget about that all the time. And I need to stop touching my face!

  • It’s worthy trying this. Would hunt for those products. My chin also has problem with spots, freckles ~,~

  • theblackblush blog

    I need to try that blue Kypris! I heard a lot of good things about it!

    The Black Blush

  • Jessica

    I sadly grew up with bad skin and it wasn’t until I did roaccutane (the mother of all last resorts in acne treatment) that I realised how debilitating it was. You sort of get used to it which is really sad now I look back.

    From experience (over ten years) don’t leave off approaching a doctor if things really don’t clear up when you change back medication! I also have learned that nuts are 100% a culprit for me. I love peanut butter etc. but man does it show on my skin. It shows within a day of eating even some on toast. Same for foundation. I’ve given it up now.

    Good luck anyway! Hope the return to medication works because I know how grim it is to feel like your face needs covering all the time. 🙂

  • I used to stay away from oils because I have such oily skin, but you’re right, oils can actually be really good for oily acne-prone skin.

  • I’ve suffered with really bad skin from about fifteen and it’s definitely hard. I’ve been on one course of Roaccutane, but I think I have to start another because it just hasn’t worked! You’re lucky that your breakout is confined as mine come everywhere, especially on my cheeks. It can be really nasty. It’s good to read the products you’re trying out and recommending, I will definitely be having a look into them 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Great picks and tips! Hydration is key when it comes to breakouts, especially during the scarring/healing process, I wish I’d known that before! Not applying tones of makeup on top of them is something I need to do more as it truly helps, it’s just hard sometimes to embrace them outside!

  • Chin pimples are the worst – usually huge and painful! I used to get them years ago when I was in University, normally around exam time. I think the stress, combined with the fact that I would rest my chin on my hand when I studied, made that area horrible. Great tips!

    Angela /

  • Lmao (concealing skittles) you have a great sense of humour! I love these tips you’ve given! I’ve tried the mainstream stuff before and would love to try something new, if the occasion should arise (no pun intended). I love the sound of the Kiehl’s Cilantro and Origins Drink-UP.

  • Rachel

    Ah, I’ve suffered with those chin spots for a loooong time, on and off. For me diet and all that jazz makes a bit of a difference, but not a huge amount. What really does make a difference are zinc supplements – 50mg a day, and for spot treatment you NEED Mario Badescu’s buffering lotion. Seriously. That is the only thing that has ever worked on those massive under the skin chin spots for me. It’s not fancy, it’s not luxe, but it WORKS.

  • You literally have the BEST skin care collection! I’d be lost without the Origins face mask! It does wonders for my skin!


  • I am really interested in buying a mask for when the winter kicks in, my skin is already lacking in moisture and looks so dull at the moment. The Origins one sounds really lovely for overnight moisture so maybe I’ll look into that x

  • I really want to try that Kiehls mask. I know the struggle of having spots out of your teens and it sucks – I went through puberty already why do I have to deal with this now!

    – Natalie

  • Philippa

    I love a good clay mask when my skin is freaking out!
    Philippa x

  • Bernadette

    Both of those face masks sounds incredible! I personally swear by the mario badescu drying lotion. It’s the only spot treatment i’ve tried that words.

  • emily couture

    So many great products and tips 🙂

    emily xx

  • Love the origin mask 🙂

  • The Kiehl’s Defending mask sounds amazing! Just had a little read on their website. Can’t believe I’d never heard of it x

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  • Oh, my skin goes in and out of behaving and completely breaking out. Thought it would pass as I got older, but unfortunatey I think I”ll be one of those who will constantly battle bad skin. Anyway, the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil collection is what I swear by! Especially the small bottle of oil, it literally decreases the size of blemishes overnight!

    Mimi | According to Mimi

  • Two pregnancies have led my skin to a state where it is constantly misbehaving, so any advice on how to deal with these horrible, big spots id very welcome. I haven’t tried much from your list, the only thing I can relate to ist the eating…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • As a teenager I had flawless skin (no pimples or zits) and then I hit 30! Not sure why 30 was a magic number for me, but i started getting zits, mostly on my chin and cheeks! I guess I finally hit puberty lol.

    =) Bridget

  • After smelling the combo of Blue Cocoon and Problem Solver, I seriously need it in my life! You know I’m all about clearer skin products…

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Grace Campbell

    I am super into skin care at the moment! I have just uploaded a blog post on 3 DIY facemasks! Great post!!

    Grace x

  • ClareB

    BED OF NAILS?! Explain please! Xx

  • May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm – This I need to try! x

  • Mehar Singh

    Such a great post!

  • I am super into skin care at the moment! I have just uploaded a blog post on 3 DIY facemasks!

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