When are where we get spots can reveals a lot about our health and hormones [Getty]
Spots are, undoubtedly, one of the annoyances of everyday life.
And whether they pop up on your forehead or the end of your nose, the worst ones ( you know, the type they make viral videos about) always seem to occur ahead of a very special occasion.
Be it birthdays, date nights or work presentations.
But far from just ruining our clear complexion and having us reaching for the concealer, blemishes can actually be an indicator of what’s going on underneath.
What do spots on your chin really mean? [Getty]
Take for example those ghastly pimples that appear on your chin just in time to ruin your weekend selfies.
Far from a random, unwelcome visit, spots on your chin are usually very well timed, and they usually correlate with a certain time in your monthly cycle.
As if periods weren’t bad enough, our skin often suffers too [Getty]
Yes, your period really can affect your skin that much!
She continued: “Hormonal changes caused by the menstrual cycle can also cause skin problems.
“A typical cycle sees a spike in testosterone halfway through, causing the skin to produce far more oil than it normally would, leading to skin issues.”
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But they can be a worrying warning about our stress levels, too. Nyla continued: “These [hormonal changes] can also be related to stress. The primary stress hormone, cortisol, causes oil production to be increased.”
Dr Nyla Raja revealed what skin pimples really mean [Dr Nyla Raja]
Nyla explained: “This mixed with the body’s natural skin cell turnover can block pores and cause breakouts.”
So how can you prevent the monthly breakout and reduce inflammation when chin pimples do appear?
Nyla said: “In terms of treatment, there are several things which can help the problem. Products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can help to unclog the pores stopping spots from appearing.”
We love The Ordinary High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula which works wonders for a pocket-friendly £5.
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Alternatively: “Certain oral contraceptives can also help, if this is a recurring problem, as they can help to control the cyclical changes in hormones which cause these problems.”
With experts recently commenting on the long term affects of taking the contraceptive pill, it’s best to speak to your GP about your options.