‘What do spots on my temples mean?’

Are your breakouts trying to tell you something?

If you’ve heard of facial mapping, you’ll be familiar with the idea that what’s happening on our face can be an indicator of what’s going on inside our bodies.

The forehead is often said to indicate a stressed bladder or digestive system – but what if breakouts are just appearing around the temples (the area between the hairline and eyes)?

Avoid dehydration

Drink up!

Pimples on your temples are often a sign of dehydration. Not drinking enough water can cause the oil glands at your temples to go into overdrive, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

Indulging in a few glasses of wine? Balance your intake with water to avoid extra blemishes in this area the next day.

Swerve the salty snacks

When we eat lots of salty food, we need more water to balance the sodium we’ve consumed. If we don’t drink enough to compensate, those savoury snacks can be a fast track to dehydration.

Try combining salty food, like a spoonful of peanut butter, with water-rich celery sticks or sliced apple to help keep your body hydrated.

Change your hair care

Switch your hair care

According to facialist Kate Kerr, mysterious breakouts around the temples or hairline are often caused by what we put on our hair.

Serums, conditioners, hairsprays and gels tend to be the main culprit’s, thanks to irritating fragrances or ingredients that build up and cause congestion.

Avoid getting shampoo on your face while washing your hair, particularly if it contains sulphates, and try to avoid synthetic fragrances, silicones and panthenol (often used in conditioners), to help keep skin clear.

If you’re dealing with persistent breakouts, try sleeping with your hair wrapped in a scarf or pulled away from your face with a soft headband – and change your pillowcase regularly.

Keep a skin kit in your gym kit

When we exercise hard, our forehead is often the first place to break a sweat. Sweat glands around your hairline and temple can easily become clogged and lead to pesky pimples.

Shower swiftly after exercising and cleanse thoroughly to avoid blemishes. Invest in a mini skincare kit for your gym bag so you’re not tempted to chop and change products (or use the free shower gel!) to get your skin clean.

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