If you’re like us, there’s a good chance you’ll be looking at yourself in the mirror in exasperation and wondering, “Why is my skin speckled?” It can be irritating at best and a little alarming at worst. It’s incredibly frustrating when our bodies don’t act the way we want them to, and skin is no exception. Frankly, it can be downright cranky! Fortunately, there are solutions to stains skin, which can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons.
A while ago we sat down with a facialist Jordana Mattioli talk about how to get rid of bags under the eyes. We were amazed at how much we does not have know, and was eager to book another session to take advantage of his major expertise. As a leading facialist in New York Full Skin MD, Mattioli has spent his career helping women love their skin and over the years, she’s seen it all. Spotty skin is a problem that most of us have faced at one time or another, and some of us (ahem) have struggled our whole life.
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But first, a little on Mattioli background, her skin type and the treatments she loves …
I received my aesthetic license in 2001, but my passion for skin care began long before that. Having problematic skin as a teenager and trying different medications really made me realize how much I was putting on my skin. (Mainly out of fear of “Is this going to break me?”) I read everything I could get my hands on and experimented a lot on my skin before deciding to go to school. aesthetic. Being a beautician, especially in a dermatology practice, allows me to work with many different skin types. This includes people of all ages and from all walks of life with the same goal: better skin. It’s a lot of different types of problem solving, which I love, but being able to help someone feel better about themselves is what drives me.
Over the years, I have become known to help clients with skin problems, mainly acne. I don’t really have any particular area of passion; if it’s on your face, i’m passionate about it! My personal skin type is predominantly oily, acne prone and sensitive – a tough combination! For me, getting rid of acne scars with laser treatments has changed my life. Laser hair removal is up there with life changing treatments as I was suffering from ingrown hairs and found the wax to be painful. Lasers in general have helped me tremendously. Cutting back on products was also essential for my skin, I shudder when I see recommendations for a 10 step routine. If you are one of the lucky few (insist on some) who can put anything on their face and be fine, so great! Brush it all over if it makes you happy, but you don’t have to. For most of us, a few well-formulated products are more than enough.
Okay, so let’s move on to the topic under consideration: what causes spotty skin in the first place?
Red spots are caused by dilated or broken blood vessels and capillaries, or by general inflammation. All of this can be caused by sun damage, inflammation from certain products, excessive heat or cold, lifestyle habits, genetics, or a skin condition called rosacea.
Does exposure to the sun tend to make it better or worse?
Always worse. Some people may find that a tan camouflages their spots, but this is short-lived and temporary. You actually accumulate more damage in the long run and increase your risk of skin cancer. Rosacea, in particular, breaks out with exposure to the sun.
What topical treatments do you find most effective in evening spotty skin?
If the persistent blotchy redness is caused by dilated or broken blood vessels, topicals won’t help – lasers will be the most effective. When it comes to skin care, remove anything that can cause inflammation. I typically have clients who keep their skincare very simple for two weeks and then slowly add more products to see if their skin responds to specific ingredients. Common inflammation causes include most bar soaps, excessive exfoliation, some astringent alcohols, perfumes, or high in essential oils. I’m looking for simple formulas with tons of antioxidants, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and calming agents.
6 habits and practices that can help blotchy skin
1. Start with clean skin.
Wash every morning and evening with a gentle cleanser to remove all pollution, sweat, sunscreen, makeup, allergens and bacteria from your skin. Leaving them on can cause further irritation and a host of other problems!
2. Avoid saunas, steam, and excessively hot or cold environments.
Drastic temperatures have a way of bringing out the spots on our skin. Simply regulating your environment in terms of temperature can really help maintain an even skin tone.
3. Simplify your skin care routine.
Use gentle products as a basic routine and slowly add any active ingredients (like acids and retinol) to prevent staining.
4. Drink more water.
Staying hydrated is imperative – even the slightest dehydration negatively affects the skin.
5. Eat foods rich in antioxidants.
Anti-inflammatory foods rich in antioxidants make a big difference. Think about vegetables, nuts, fruits, whole grains, and even green tea. Mattioli also recommends taking certain supplements, such as omegas.
6. Cut down on your alcohol intake.
Alcohol is a major contributor to spots because it increases your blood pressure and causes blood vessels to expand.
This article was originally published on September 12, 2017 and has since been updated.