Waking up and seeing some unwelcome pimples staring back at you in the mirror isn’t the ideal start to your morning routine. Typically, we dab on some spot serum, cover with concealer and we’re ready to tackle the day; but have you ever wondered what causes those annoying bumps and spots?

Australian Skin Clinics’ National Training Manager Darlene O’Gara dishes the dirt (pun intended) on the common causes of pimples and how to fix them!

Pimples occur when the skin’s oil glands are over-reactive, causing the pores to become inflamed, close up and form pussy pustules.

“They are most common during puberty and adolescence among boys and girls, however adults can also suffer from breakouts ranging from mild to severe,” says Darlene.

“Pimples can be triggered by a number of factors including fatigue, stress, dehydration, an unhealthy diet or simply a hormonal surge within the body and most commonly affect the face, back, chest, and shoulders.”

While there is not enough evidence to confirm that any foods cause acne, following a healthy diet and exercise routine may reduce the risk, as well as drinking plenty of water and keeping good hygiene.

How to avoid pimples

Everything from cleaning your glasses regularly, keeping your nails and hands clean, correct pre-shaving preparation and even holding your phone away from your cheek will help lessen the amount of bacteria on your face, resulting in fewer pimples.

But the easiest way to help avoid pimples is to ensure your daily skin routine and products are suited to your skin type. Cleansing, boosting and repeated moisturising are the basic steps for every skincare routine to keep your face clear as well as make-up removal at the end of the day.

“If you’re not sure about your skin type, visit an Australian Skin Clinics dermal expert who can advise you on the best routine to suit your skin and address any concerns you may have,” Darlene said.

If you suffer from pimples on your body, try wearing loose clothing and avoid sun exposure as it can result in the production of extra sebum.

Should you pop a pimple?

We know it’s tempting but it’s better to let your body’s natural process clear the pimple itself.

“Please, please, please refrain from touching your face or the pimple itself and DO NOT pop, squeeze or pick at them,” urges Darlene.

“Continue with your morning and night skincare routine but add in a spot serum that contains green tea extract. My favourite is the Balense Spot Control Serum, as it reduces the appearance of redness and its antibacterial properties target pimples to dramatically improve the appearance of blemished skin.”

If you are suffering from regular breakouts or have concerns over pimples, book in for a free consultation at your local Australian Skin Clinics