What do spots on 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. If you experience regular breakouts of spots on your temples and around your hairline, you may be wondering why and what it means.

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)? In this article, we discuss the possible reasons behind spots on temples and suggest steps you can take to combat the issue.

Avoid dehydration

Drink up!

Spots on 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.

Get into the habit of drinking water regularly throughout the day, to ensure you stay hydrated. 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.

Be aware of headwear

Acne and spots on temples can often be caused by wearing headwear, such as helmets or hats. Perhaps you cycle to work everyday and need to wear a helmet, or maybe you’re never seen without a hat. Headwear can lead to sweat getting trapped close to your skin around your temples and hairline, leading to breakouts.

If you do need to wear headwear, then we suggest just cleaning the area with natural skincare products once you remove your headwear. The sooner you can remove the sweat, the more likely it is that your pores won’t get clogged and those pesky pimples won’t have a chance to form.

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 culprits, 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. Try to avoid synthetic fragrances, silicones and panthenol (often used in conditioners), to help keep skin clear.

Avoid spots when sleeping

If you’re dealing with persistent breakouts of spots on temples, try sleeping with your hair wrapped in a scarf or pulled away from your face with a soft headband.

We also recommend changing your pillowcase regularly. You’ll find that a lot of bacteria gets transferred from your hair to your pillowcase every night. You then rub your face in that bacteria, which can lead to spots. Making a point of switching your pillowcases more regularly should help you combat this.

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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