Decoding Breakouts

Decoding Breakouts

Breakouts are part of everyday life and all of us have different triggers for our breakouts which could be stress related or down to a poor diet. Here is the down low on what different breakouts mean depending on what part of your face they are appearing on and some tips on how to tackle the little rascals!


Breakouts on the forehead can be caused by poor digestion and a build up of toxins. I like to drink lots of water and herbal teas throughout the day to help flush the toxins out. Green tea is packed with antioxidants so invite the girls round for a cuppa and a catch up and you’ll be clear in no time.


As your nose is linked to the liver, reoccuring breakouts here could we warning signs of your liver crying out for help. Try to cut back on alcohol and drink more water.

Around the eyes

If your eyes are looking a little grey this could suggest that you’re dehydrated. Water is absolute heaven for your skin so drink up and make sure you are eating a balanced, nutritious diet. Check out my 8 week programme that will get you on your way too healthier eating –

Upper cheeks

Breakouts on your cheeks can be caused from bacteria from your phone or pillowcase. Try not hold your phone so close to your beautiful face and wash your pillowcases often to keep them fresh.

Lower cheeks

Poor dental hygene can be the culprit for lower cheek pimples, my advice is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and avoid sugary foods and drinks to improve your oral hygiene.


Diet plays a huge role in this and eating a more balanced, healthy and nutritious diet with plenty of veggies and fruits will deter those nasty pimples from popping up again.


The chin is linked to the small intestine where 90% of digestion takes place so if you’re getting pimples here then chances are your diet is having a big impact on your face. Try and avoid dairy foods and oily takeaways, and improve your digestion by drinking more water and eating healthy, nutritious meals.

Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients with a good balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates will help give you glowing gorgeous skin and make for a healthier and happier you!

Share your anti-spot tips with me below, I love hearing your ideas!


  • Lynette Sundby

    Hi Selina, I suffer with roseaca too and tried lots of different treatments. I recently cut meat and dairy from my diet for health reasons and my skin has shown massive improvement. I do still eat eggs and honey so not completely vegan. It may help you too. Plus natural skincare.

  • Selina North

    Hiya, this is a great article… im in my 30’s and still always have at least 1 spot, really trying with healthy eating to aid my underactive thyroid, ive cut out gluten and cut back loads on dairy. (Get the glow cookery book has become my bible since I got it for Christmas!) I suffer from bad rosacia, im wondering if I cut out Dairy completely it might clear up? Any advice anyone?

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi babe, try cutting out dairy for 3-5 days and see what happens, this will be enough time to judge whether dairy is the problem xx

  • Julie White

    I get a lot of spots on the sides of my forehead near the hairline. What could that be caused of?

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi babe, it could be from your hair products. Maybe try changing your shampoo or conditioner and keeping your hair off your face as much as possible xx

  • Sophie Heppell

    Using salicylic acid on spots and giving up diary helped me so much

  • Bianca

    Are spots on the jaw line related to hormones? I sometimes get them in that area,diet is really good but they still come Sometimes X

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Yes they tend to be babe xx

  • Amy M

    Such an interesting read! I find that thoroughly removing makeup and doing a charcoal face mask once a week really helps with breakouts too ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • Liz | Lipstick & Confetti

    This is such an informative post! Thank you so much for sharing :)

    xo, Liz

  • Ruth Cecilia

    A lady at Bobbi Brown once told me that spots on your chin are linked to emotion i.e. stress, whereas spots on your cheeks are linked to diet. Mine are generally linked to diet and alcohol consumption but I do notice that when I am stressed I tend to breakout on my chin a lot more! Thanks for sharing Madeleine, I love all that you do and represent xx

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